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? 

  • What is cloud computing and its advantages?
  • 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
  • With cloud computing you pay for the compute time, storage, etc. that you need, rather than paying for a bulk amount up front. For instance, you can add or remove storage capacity on demand, in a pay as you go scenario. That way you do not need to pay for hardware up front. That saves a lot of money on infrastructure costs. It also prevents you from running out of storage. If you need more you simply pay for it. It also saves on IT costs because the cloud provider takes care of that. With compute time, you can even track the usage by the day or the hour, paying more for busy times, when you have a lot of customer traffic for instance. It does improve disaster recovery as well. It is supposed to be a major cost saver.