Cloud computing is a current cost effective alternative for businesses of all sizes. However, cloud computing has its benefits and drawbacks which are important to consider before deciding which to choose.
One of the greatest advantages of opting for cloud computing. You get lower software, bandwidth and licensing costs, which ultimately means lower capital and operating costs. This is a definite advantage for start-out businesses. In addition, you only have to pay for what you use.
You get easy access to your data anywhere, using your PC, mobile device or browser. This makes it possible to collaborate with employees in different locations and in different time zones.
Cloud services are instantly available for use. Also, the number of users can be scaled to your needs with no major drawbacks; with the exception of your monthly subscription rate.
Small and medium IT users would get access to shared IT and resources benefit from advanced technologies that would otherwise be unaffordable.
Access to cloud services, applications, and your data largely depends on your internet connection. You may need to plan for redundant connections. A disaster recovery plan is also recommended in case the cloud service provider experiences an outage.
Security and Privacy
Essentially, cloud computing involves storing your data remotely or ‘in the cloud’, so you may not know who has access to it or where it is hosted. So, it is critical to select a service provider that adheres to strict security standards, such as the SAS 70 type II or SSAE16 certification.
Having complete ownership of the data you store in the cloud may not be possible, and you might not even get your data back, should you choose to switch providers.
Depending on the nature of your business, it may be impossible to adapt a particular cloud service to your business requirements.
Are you considering cloud computing for your business? Contact us for professional advice; we’ll help you identify the best computing model for your business.