Benefits and losses of Cloud Computing

By ridhigrg |Email | Apr 24, 2020 | 1011 Views

It seems that when it comes to conversations about new technology and business data storage, no-one can talk about anything other than cloud computing at the moment. With good reason: cloud computing represents a significant step forward in how businesses share and store files and data. Although it does have its critics, it seems inevitable that cloud services will continue to progress to become the norm. So, what are the advantages and disadvantages for the business of using cloud services, rather than a traditional client-server model?

Advantages:
- Cloud computing allows users to access files from anywhere, easily. For businesses with a large number of people working from home or on the move, then cloud services can easily solve many of the access issues they might have. Clients working on different sites could also be given access to relevant files on the cloud. Essentially, it is a far more flexible way of working.

- It avoids the need for physical infrastructure systems, which take time and money to purchase and maintain. With standard systems, software needs to be upgraded, and hardware fixed when it breaks. Not so with remotely maintained cloud systems.

- It aids productivity. As well as being able to access data easily from anywhere, staff can communicate better and faster using the cloud too. Real-time communication is possible, saving considerable time and effort in updating and agreeing on documents. Across the board, cloud computing helps produce an efficient and flexible workforce.

- It mirrors developments in personal computer usage, making it attractive to staff and easy to use. Increasingly, people are using cloud computing in their everyday lives, with online document storage and social media. Using it in the workplace too means that they can integrate their work and personal lives and stay abreast of new developments easily.

Disadvantages:
- The main disadvantage for businesses of using cloud services is that there are concerns over security. Because data stored on a cloud is not stored in a particular physical place, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible for keeping it secure. Data protection laws have yet to keep up with developments in cloud computing, and not all providers of services are willing to make adequate security provisions. It is also likely that hackers will find it easier to breach security on cloud systems than they do on standard servers. These problems may well be overcome, but as yet they are still concerns worth taking into account.

Source: HOB