If you own a Macbook or any other device by Apple Inc, then you probably have heard of cloud computing, through their iCloud software. Technology everywhere is slowly beginning to accept cloud computing, the delivery of shared resources, software and information through computers and other devices as a utility over the Internet. Users are able to access cloud based applications through a web browser or app while their data is held on servers in a remote location. The goal of cloud computing is to give the same or better service and performance versus client software programs installed directly on computers. It allows for faster applications, less maintenance and easier manageability. Like a lot of things, cloud computing isn’t for everyone. So how do you know if it’s the right application for you? Here we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing to help you decide!
For one there’s a reduction of your businesses capital expenditures. Since there is a smaller internal infrastructure, it calls for less hardware costs and easier management of hardware. The need for expensive servers is now part of the past. Therefore, no more dishing out extra money for larger hard drives and tape drives to store all of your company’s information! Because of the increase in the amount of storage that is now available in the cloud, there is also an increase in organization and agility.
These days, everyone is all about ‘being green’ & conserving the environment in every way possible. You can even be green with cloud computing! This means that users do not need the most powerful machines to be able to browse the Internet and can access their information anywhere with login information.
One of the biggest disadvantages about cloud computing is connectivity. The Internet is required for it to function and cannot be accessed without it. If you are always connected then it isn't a disadvantage. It's kind of like electricity now.... Everyone has it.
Security is another big issue. When it comes to cloud computing there are 4 different types of deployment models, which are community, public, hybrid and private. 3 out of 4 cloud deployment models share services with other people and companies. Since the only way to access your information is through the Internet, people fear that anyone can access it, especially if it’s not a private cloud. Although privacy can be compromised with an authentication technique such as passwords and usernames, there is still a small possibility that hackers (read Mat Honan’s experience here: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/) will be able to access your information.
Lastly, Cost can be another problem. Although cloud computing may be cheaper than a particular software installation that runs within your company, you want to make sure that you are paying for every feature that you want and is important to your business since each cloud computing service is different.
Overall, there is a lot to think about when it comes to cloud computing. Is it convenient for you? Is the service the right cost for you? Do you think it is safe? There are so many other questions to ask yourself. Cloud computing is no doubt the new thing that everyone has been getting into and it is up to you whether or not it’s something that will be helpful to you or not. No pressure!