The pros and cons of cloud computing is a debate you may be having with yourself when considering upgrading your software systems. On the surface, the idea of cloud computing sounds complex. However, it seems that most people fail to realise that cloud computing is more than likely integrated into their lives daily, even if they do not notice it.
If you have concerns about the drawbacks of cloud computing, this article will help explain the different forms cloud computing can take and the pros and cons of cloud computing can offer.
Types of cloud computing
Cloud computing can be looked at in three main categories: private, public and hybrid.
A private cloud is a secure cloud based environment that only the specific client/organisation can operate and access, giving them greater control and privacy. Choosing a private cloud is a great option for extra security with your files that also comes with the option of choosing where your data is physically stored. A public cloud is the most common type of cloud offering, is controlled by a third party and is accessible over a public network. A hybrid cloud integrates functions from both public and private cloud models, within the same organisation.
Now let’s take a look at the pros and cons of cloud computing to see how beneficial it could be for your business.
Benefits of cloud computing
By moving to the cloud, your business can increase its opportunities for more effective productivity and better communication amongst team members. Cloud hosting options can provide you with a number of useful tools, such as the ability to follow real time updates and customising access to files, folders, discussions, tasks and events. Cloud computing also allows your team to do this from any internet-providing location, not just in the office.
When it comes to cloud computing, packages are often scalable and are able to be tailored to what you need, therefore you can build the right product for you. Companies will also often offer the ability to pay monthly or have more flexible pay-as-you-go subscription plans, which are easy to maintain and update in terms of business scalability. Usually if you pay more for a private cloud, in return you will have greater control and privacy, and may have added features such as white labelling solutions.
Stress-free IT maintenance
Using a cloud based software means that this product is supported by regular updates. You then have the assurance that your hosting provider is maintaining your infrastructure regularly, so you’ll have more time to run your business and less time stressing by letting the computing software experts do the rest. Cloud computing solutions will often need to offer strong security measures to keep up to date with the competition, so this is another feature you are likely to benefit from.
Easy access to information
With cloud computing, document control and remote working go hand in hand. As long as you’ve got an internet available to you, your team members and clients can have necessary access to files and other materials regardless of their geographical location and time zones.
Drawback of cloud computing
While there are huge benefits to using internet based solutions for your business, they are still susceptible to failures and line breakages. The problem with most or all of your business being cloud based means that any ongoing internet issues can be a major problem for your business. Despite the fact that we live in a world of super fast fibre optic broadband, there’s still no guarantee that you won’t experience spouts of slow internet or technical outages. And when your internet drops, so do your applications.
Prone to attack
Another drawback of cloud computing is that there is a rising number of cyber attack cases that your business could be subject to. Though a cyber attack does not always lead to data breach, it is still a large worry for businesses when storing large amounts of sensitive data in your cloud. Storing information in the cloud can make your business vulnerable to external hacking and threats as your business is online. Switching to a private cloud is a way to reduce this risk, as they offer higher security and privacy features compared to public cloud solutions, for example, your data can be stored behind a firewall.
In an ideal world, your choice of cloud computing platform will be compatible with your existing tools, software and computer. One cloud computing disadvantage is that while private clouds may have a little more flexibility in terms of compatibility, there are often more restrictions when it comes to public cloud services.
In your comparison of the pros and cons of cloud computing, we hope this article has been helpful. If you decide that a cloud computing solution is right for your business, Clinked’s private and public cloud offerings can provide you with useful tools for multiple areas of your business. Try it for yourself with a 10-day free trial of our platform.
Olivia Weatherill is Clinked's Content Marketing Associate.