Many companies weigh the potential gains and consequences of moving to the cloud. This can be a difficult decision because the introduction of a cloud infrastructure brings many advantages, but also some disadvantages. Business owners need to consider how migrating to the cloud will benefit the company and then consider whether these benefits outweigh the potential disadvantages. Some companies can reduce costs by moving some important processes to the cloud, while other services operate internally with physical servers.
This article discusses some typical pros and cons, and you can decide whether moving to the cloud is appropriate for your business or not.
What Exactly is Cloud Computing?
It’s probably one of the hardest things to get over it, to understand what exactly “The Cloud” is. The name itself reminds of fluffy, heaving pillows in the sky that are there, but also not there; They are physically and tangible, but also aloof and steaming. It’s hard to imagine shifting your business to something you can’t even touch. Cloud computing includes the use of a service provider of remote servers that can be accessed via the Internet to store, process and manage data and software (there, but not there).
What Benefits Does Cloud Computing Give?
The frequently quoted benefits of cloud computing are scalability, cost, and accessibility.
If companies succeed, they grow. One of the most important challenges in dealing with a fast-growing company is that you can adjust your requirements accordingly. A growing company needs more resources, more employees, more sophisticated software services, and so on. Cloud services behave like the utilities in your home; The more you use, the more your bill. You don’t have to expand and buy more hardware.
Compared to the cost of purchasing, operating, managing, and staffing a server room and an IT department, cloud computing is immensely more affordable and convenient. Some companies can only save hundreds of thousands of personnel costs by reducing their IT department after migrating to a cloud service.
Cloud resources can be accessed from any device connected to the Internet, provided you have the correct credentials. This makes things like telecommuting or remote/mobile offices easy because people have access to all the corporate data and resources they need from anywhere. If you want to open an office in Georgia, you don’t have to search for Atlanta real estate to accommodate a large server room; You can connect directly to HQ via the cloud.
Cloud Computing’s Disadvantages
The main drawbacks of the cloud are failures and security.
If you have an internal server room, you have better control over when maintenance work is performed and the servers go offline. With a cloud computing service, your provider determines this. You may lose the service for hours during a critical time for your business!
Any discussion about company data must include security. Cloud vendors ensure that your data is protected in the best possible way. However, data violations are possible, and the risk increases as more and more remote users and employees are logged on to the cloud service.
What is best for your business? Switching to cloud computing is not an easy decision, nor is it easy to make. To ensure that you take the right step, you not only have to look at the pros and cons but also according to the different service providers and what you can offer. Especially how they help to counteract the security and disruption of service issues related to cloud computing.