Cloud computing holds many promises for both large and small businesses, opening the door to many opportunities. And, whether it’s a public, private, or hybrid cloud, there’s one that should work for your company’s specific needs.
However, although cloud computing has its “pros,” there are some “cons” as well. The following is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of adopting cloud computing.
The Pros of Cloud Computing
- Potentially Reduced Costs for Businesses.
Cloud computing has the potential to save small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) a lot of money. You don’t need to purchase local servers that can eat into the profitability of your business. Plus, things like maintenance can have huge cost implications for any business. Cloud computing can save you a lot of money in this respect.
When using cloud computing you can access services from anywhere around the world. This is especially important for a company that’s trying to spread its influence globally. It simply isn’t possible to have local servers at a physical location for this purpose. Trying to connect to them from halfway around the world would prove quite challenging.
- Unlimited Storage Scalability.
Without the cloud, you must purchase the physical IT infrastructure to store your data. And, you never know when you may need to expand this capacity. For instance, if your business experiences unexpected good fortune, and you store your files in the cloud, you can simply upgrade your storage rather than purchasing new equipment. The cloud allows you to scale your storage as your needs increase (or decrease).
- Environmentally Friendly.
When you use cloud computing, your energy consumption will be reduced. No more racks of equipment that heat up, and require additional cooling from your HVAC system, and increased power bills. This also reduces your carbon footprint. Something you can tout to your clients who value “environmental friendliness.”
The Cons of Cloud Computing
- Core Business Applications May Not Function Properly.
This is true of high-bandwidth applications like CAD software, video-conferencing programs (such as Skype), Dropbox and other online backup programs, and VoIP. Plus, high-performing desktops don’t work well on the cloud. Neither do intensive programs for video editing and graphic design.
- You’ll Be Reliant on Internet Connectivity.
Running your business on the cloud is great as long as you have an Internet connection. When your cloud provider loses Internet connectivity, your entire business can grind to a stop. Even the best cloud computing providers sometimes experience downtime. During these periods, you won’t be able to transact business via the cloud.
- You Must Pay a Monthly or Annual Recurring Fee.
Cloud computing requires little initial capital investment. However, an in-house server may actually make sense over time. Although you’ll incur a huge, initial cost and IT maintenance fees, cloud computing, on the other hand, requires a recurring monthly or annual fee. Weigh these costs carefully to ensure cloud computing will save you money.
- You May Have to Deal with Security Issues.
The cloud is not for every business. Some data is too sensitive to be placed in the cloud. Companies with stringent regulatory requirements may be opening themselves up to lawsuits by using cloud computing. When you place your business’ data in the cloud, you must trust the third party to keep it safe.
Depending on who it is, this third party may not feel obligated to provide you with the robust data security you require. When you use the cloud, you are subject to standard data protection measures that they offer to all of their clients. Plus, it may be difficult for you to determine if the third party is accessing your data.
- You’ll Have Very Limited Control.
When you store data in the cloud, you’ll have very limited control over it. This is because you can only control and manage the front end of applications. The cloud service provider is responsible for managing all other backend activities, such as firmware updates and server shell access. Additionally, you never get to see the backend of the operation and what risks your data could be exposed to.
- Inflexible Contracts.
Most cloud providers’ contracts are inflexible. This can be a major challenge for a business that’s still growing and whose needs are still changing.
Your business has its own unique needs. Because of this, it may be more advantageous to only use cloud computing for specific applications—Or, maybe not at all.
Before you put your business dealings into the cloud, consider how these disadvantages might affect you. It will save you money and headaches in the long term.
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