Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you should know without a shadow of a doubt that cloud computing is becoming a booming technology, growing faster and becoming the dominant method of computer service delivery. You are probably using cloud computing at the moment even if you don’t realize.
Most of us are familiar with a part of cloud computing known as the “Cloud”. The more the businesses and organizations learn about the benefits and the inevitability of moving everything to the cloud, the more people hop on the bandwagon. This article is to outline the pros and the cons of cloud migration, so, you as the reader can make an informed decision.
Pros of Cloud Computing:
- Cost efficient:
No more outrageous server and hardware maintenance costs, worries about buying new software, licensing costs or installation and constant upgrades. Cloud computing offers one-time-payment as well as other scalable options such as the pay-as-you-go option among others. So on the business end, it makes the choice a lot easier and a lot cheaper making it the preferred choice of most businesses.
- Disaster Recovery:
All your data will already be stored in the cloud so there won’t be any hassle about backing up your data/ data loss/ data recovery. Providers ensure the safety of data via automatic backup. So your business can save precious time and resources from recovery and management to the main tasks at hand.
- Work on the Go:
Don’t feel like going to the office today? You don’t have to, because you don’t need your office computer anymore to access your files. Since the Cloud centralizes entire data, you can easily access it without depending on hardware or software. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a smart/computing device and you’re good to go.
- Infinite Storage:
Businesses looking to utilize cloud computing gain access to virtually unlimited storage. This means no more money squandered on investing in newer machinery, servers, and hardware for data storage. Even if a computer on the cloud crashes, data storage is central and is not affected and still accessible 24/7.
Cons of Cloud Computing:
- No Internet No Cloud:
Probably the biggest let down of using the Cloud is that it requires access to the internet at all times if you need access to your data. Poor internet connection? Low bandwidth? Well, too bad. Just an hour of downtime can cost businesses millions. And it’s not just low bandwidth. Server crashes and outages of service are just as hazardous. Just look at the Amazon ASW debacle of 2017.
- Security Breach:
Cloud computing vendors today will go to great lengths to convince potential clients about the security of their data. And when someone has to try that hard, you know something’s not quite right. Advances in technology also mean newer and better means of security breaches and hackers getting their knobby hand on your confidential information. Since you are no longer working within internal servers, there is a higher risk of hacker interception.
- Vendor Lock-in:
Not all vendors have applications and data formats that allow easy transfer from their system to another. So look into this factor when you look for a cloud computing vendor or risk being stuck with the same provider or paying a large sum to transfer to a new one. Check whether the vendors use industry standard APIs and if they provide easy data extraction in case you wish to switch to another provider.
- Customer Support
Although customer support has improved vastly over the past few years with noticeably fewer complaints from users, a 24/7 presence cannot be guaranteed. So if you have a business that needs a rapid response and low outage threshold, make sure you have an alternate access to technical support. The extra support can also cost extra.
While cloud computing is still in the earlier stages of adaption, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. With more and more organizations moving to private clouds, it’ll be long before this technology has run its course. Private clouds aren’t for everyone but if you are an organization with a shit-ton of data, think about switching to a private cloud for the best experience.
Written by Amana Iftekhar