Pros and cons of cloud computing

Cloud-based computing has emerged as a flexible, secure and effective solution for many businesses, large and small. The cost and time saving can be huge and the agility offered with such a solution can enable incredible business growth and goal achievement. But cloud computing isn't one-size-fits-all. What may work for a national construction company may not work for a local media company and vice versa.

What are some pros, cons and considerations when looking to transition to the cloud? 

  • The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing
    • Pro: Improved disaster recovery. ...
    • Con: Reliance on the Internet. ...
    • Pro: Better collaboration and accessibility. ...
    • Con: Misconfiguration risks. ...
    • Pro: Reduced environmental impact. ...
    • Con: Higher maintenance costs. ...
    • Pro: More scalability and flexibility.
  • Cloud considerations:

    Infrastructure - If your a small business, the cloud can provide many benefits to help keep costs and maintenance low. Capital costs can be large, especially at start-up.  The cloud can provide the infrastructure to help you manage many problems that are strictly IT related.  Let the cloud worry about IT so you can focus on growing your business.  Some things to consider regarding infrastructure:

    • Storage needs - How much data will you be storing?  
    • Server needs - Do you need multiple servers, ie. applications, data, middle tier?
    • Security - Who needs access to the application or data?  How will you keep hackers out?  What about viruses?  
    • Technical expertise - When there's a problem with the infrastructure, do you have the expertise to resolve it?  How would you manage an emergency patch from a vendor that affects the o/s, application or database?
    • Scalability - As your business grows, the infrastructure has to be in place to support the added workload.
  • I look at it as, whose data is it - mine or the "clouds"?

    Who is responsible for the data - me or a "cloud"?

    When one puts their data, trust, reliance on a "cloud", they tend to become less self-reliant.

    When the clouds dissipate & the sun shines through, is it shining on you?

    A cloud can be part of a system, but when it becomes the system - watch out.

  • What is cloud computing and its advantages?
  • Cloud computing operates on a similar principle as web-based email clients, allowing users to access all of the features and files of the system without having to keep the bulk of that system on their own computers.

    Some advantages of cloud computing:

    • Cost Savings
    • Security
    • Flexibility
    • Mobility
    • Increased Collaboration
    • Quality Control
    • Disaster Recovery
    • Loss Prevention
    • Automatic Software Updates
    • Sustainability
  • Cloud is not only data, it is also (and more important) - applications.
    With clouds we can "rent" (subscribe) for very functionally rich (and heavy) applications - we do not need to pay a lump sum to create/install/support such applications (including to pay for the hardware base itself) - think about Google Docs as an example.
    If we are afraid about loss of data, we can store data (with- or without applications) on two (or more) different clouds (aws, azure, oracle etc).
    Personally I worry about data on my local hard disk significantly more than about my data in the cloud. And I have backups of both anyway :)
    Even if data has some high security level and [government] requirement about storing place and so on, we can use private clouds (our own) - and companies (and their end-users also) will benefit from easier provisioning and maintenance of a bunch of applications with almost browser-only end-user hardware (including mobile phones).
  • Thanks for the information. There is definitely a lot to to think about. When starting up. The cloud would be a great benefit and on less worry. 

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    Not only for startups. Many big corporations go to the clouds to reduce maintenance costs and add flexibility/scalability.

  • Benefits of Cloud Computing (Pros)
    Least administration and cost: By choosing the cloud, you save cost in numerous ways:

    No interest in framework.
    Since you don't possess the foundation, you don't spend anything on its the board or staff to oversee it.
    Cloud chips away at pay more only as costs arise model, so you spend just on assets that you really want. That's it!
    At the point when you decide on the cloud, the administration of its framework is the sole liability of the cloud supplier and not of the client.

    Disregard managerial or the executives bothers: Whenever there is a buy or up-degree of equipment, a ton of time is squandered searching for best merchants, welcoming citations, arranging rates, taking endorsements, producing POs and sitting tight for conveyance and afterward in setting up the framework.

    This entire interaction incorporates bunches of authoritative/administrative undertakings that burn through a great deal of time.

    With cloud administrations, you simply need to analyze the best cloud specialist organizations and their arrangements and purchase from the one that matches your prerequisites. Also this entire interaction doesn't require some investment and saves you a great deal of endeavors. Your framework upkeep errands are likewise dispensed with in the cloud.

    Openness and pay per use: Cloud assets are effectively available from around the globe – whenever, anyplace and from any gadget and you have total admittance to your assets.

    This chooses your charging likewise - you just compensation for what you utilize and the amount you use. It resembles your telephone or power bill. Yet, with other IT foundation, one spends the total sum in one go and it is incredibly uncommon that those assets are utilized ideally and subsequently, the speculation goes squander.

    Dependability: Your foundation in the cloud builds the unwavering quality and accessibility of utilizations and administrations. Cloud administrations run on pooled and repetitive framework which gives you a higher accessibility of IT administrations.

    Information control: Another essential benefit of the cloud is that it brings together every one of the information from various tasks and branch workplaces to a solitary area. You oversee the information without visiting individual spots for actually taking a look at the data.

    Information reinforcement and recuperation: Loss of information can fundamentally affect your business. You may lose basic data which can cost you a colossal amount of cash, burn through your important time and antagonistically sway your image picture.

    To forestall it, you can naturally reinforcement every one of the information to the cloud consistently. This assists you with recuperating any information if there should arise an occurrence of coincidental cancellation, misfortune due to normal disaster or then again assuming the hard drive crashes.

    Enormous distributed storage: Most cloud administrations give you a free, secure and tremendous extra room to store all your important data.

    Albeit most distributed storage administrations like OneDrive proposition you a lot of free stockpiling, assuming you use everything, you can go all of the time for purchasing safer capacity in the cloud.

    Programmed programming refreshes: Updating a framework sometimes can be a disappointing assignment for undertakings. The IT division needs to refresh the framework for each person which sits around as well as influences efficiency.

    Be that as it may, assuming you are utilizing cloud-based applications, they will get consequently refreshed, with no association from the clients.

    In the wake of examining the advantages of distributed computing, how about we presently talk about certain detriments of distributed computing.

    What are the detriments of distributed computing? (Cons)
    #1 Requires great speed web with great data transfer capacity: To get to your cloud administrations, you want to have a decent web association generally with great data transmission to transfer or download records to/from the cloud

    #2 Downtime: Since the cloud requires high web speed and great transfer speed, there is dependably a chance of administration blackout, which can bring about business personal time. Today, no business can bear the cost of income or business misfortune because of personal time or dial back from a break in basic business processes.

    #3 Limited control of foundation: Since you are not the proprietor of the framework of the cloud, subsequently you don't have any control or have restricted admittance to the cloud infra.

    #4 Restricted or restricted adaptability: The cloud gives a colossal rundown of administrations, yet devouring them accompanies a ton of limitations and restricted adaptability for your applications or advancements. Likewise, stage reliance or 'merchant lock-in' can some of the time make it hard for you to relocate starting with one supplier then onto the next.

    #5 Ongoing expenses: Although you save your expense of expenditure on entire framework and its the board, on the cloud, you really want to continue to pay for administrations as long as you use them. In any case, in customary strategies, you just need to contribute once.

    #6 Security: Security of information is a major worry for everybody. Since the public cloud uses the web, your information might become helpless.

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