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Discover the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has been a hot topic for a long time now, and more companies than ever are adopting this new technology. The cloud computing trend has been growing over the past few years and it doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon. Cloud computing has a lot going for it; however, there are some downsides. This blog will highlight some of the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing, to help you fully understand the whole Cloud concept.

Cloud Computing Advantages

Cost Saving: 

Cloud Computing can provide cost savings since there won’t be a need for large capital investments in hardware infrastructure such as Server Upgrades or increasing storage devices. Previously businesses would have to invest in their own servers and allocate funds for regular maintenance, whereas Cloud allows business to pay a monthly fee without the need to worry about maintenance or additional costs.

Ease of Management: 

Once a Cloud Computing model is adopted the management and on-going support associated with it will fall with the support provider there to monitor and deal with any troubleshooting that may arise. In theory it becomes someone else’s problem and they will generally have very experienced engineers and high level technology looking after the cloud infrastructure.

Flexibility & Scalability: 

Cloud computing allows your employees to be more flexible – both in and out of the workplace. Employees can access files using web-enabled devices such as smartphones, laptops and notebooks. The ability to simultaneously share documents and other files over the Internet can also help support both internal and external collaboration. One of the key benefits of using cloud computing is its scalability. Cloud computing allows your business to easily upscale or downscale your IT requirements as and when required.

Cloud Computing Disadvantages

Cost: 

The initial price of Cloud Computing can look unfavourable, due to the need for the mitigation costs that are involved. Online backups are also costly and can become expensive if the end user does not manage their data correctly, for example with data being duplicated.

Location of Data: 

If the company or data centre that provides your cloud service is an American company then your data will be subject to The Patriot Act. The Patriot Act applies to the country where the companies (Microsoft (365), Amazon Web Services, Google Docs etc.) are registered and not to where the data centres are based. Therefore, the US Government has access to any American registered company hosted client data in any data centre anywhere in the world, including the EU.

Trust & Security

Entrusting your data and complete IT infrastructure to another company is a big step and must be with the right organisation. What happen if your service provider goes bust? What happens to your data and IT infrastructure?

Conclusion

Cloud Computing is already used everywhere, by hundreds of thousands of the biggest organisations in the world. The delivery of a Cloud solution can be a relatively straightforward process that can really help to deliver an unparalleled service. The benefits do seem to outweigh the drawbacks for most organisations; most notably the significant cost saving that can be achieved over a 3-year period.

However, the time has to be right for migration. This can mean anything from the trust key decision makers have in the Cloud’s value, to the depreciation of any existing onsite hardware. A very serious consideration needs to be made when choosing a service provider as well, due to the potential security issues that come with handing over your IT infrastructure and data to a third party.

If you want to transform your IT services and need assistance in knowing where to start, invite us along.  We won’t pass judgement on your existing systems; history has already happened, we won’t sell to you but we will give you a view of the ways you could approach the challenge. If it is likely we can help you, fantastic. If not think of it as free consultancy.

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