Advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing

Cloud computing has completely changed the way in which many businesses work day-to-day. Helping to improve workflows, free up physical and digital server storage space and make for a more efficient and flexible way of working, it’s no surprise cloud computing is on the rise, thanks to the many benefits it has to offer.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is a way of storing and accessing data over the internet. So, rather than using up the space on your computer’s hard drive, your data is stored in the cloud, which is located on a remote server.

Advantages of cloud computing

  • Reduce costs

Cloud computing often helps to reduce costs for businesses. This is because it doesn’t require hardware investments, you don’t need someone to maintain the hardware and it costs significantly less to store data in the cloud.

  • Accessibility

With cloud computing and storage, you can access your files from any device, anywhere in the world, provided you have an internet connection. This is ideal for remote and flexible working.

  • Back-up and recovery of data

Every business needs to back-up their data and have a disaster recovery plan in place. Cloud storage can store a second copy of important files, which can be accessed quickly in the case of an emergency.

  • Collaboration

Cloud computing platforms enable employees to work together and collaborate on projects in a secure way, no matter where they are based in the world.

  • Scalable

Rather than worrying about the capacity of your IT infrastructure, cloud computing offers almost limitless storage. Rather than spending large amounts on expensive, space-consuming fixed servers, you can simply scale your cloud storage with the click of a button.

  • Stay up to date

With cloud computing, you have a strategic edge over those businesses that don’t. This is because you have access to the latest applications quickly, without having to spend budget and time on new software and installations.

Disadvantages of cloud computing

  • Security concerns

With cloud computing, everything is stored on and accessible through the internet. As a business, you are effectively sharing your information with a third-party cloud computing provider, so you need to know they reliable and have systems in place to prevent cyber-attacks.

  • Limited support

Of course, this is not the case with all cloud computing providers, but it has been said that some companies fail to provide appropriate support to customers. In some cases, all troubleshooting has to be accessed online, which can be a drawback for some.

  • Internet connectivity

For cloud computing to be beneficial, you must have a good internet connection, otherwise you won’t be able to access the cloud.

  • Technical issues

Although extremely rare, it is possible for cloud computing providers to experience technical issues. This can cause downtime in connection due to service maintenance or power loss, for example.

Weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, it seems more than likely that this innovative digital service will continue to rise in popularity as businesses look to the future of flexibility and digital transformation.

Here at CHG-MERIDIAN, we provide organisations with access to the latest technology through our Device as a Service and Enterprise Mobility Solutions. To find out more how we can support your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  

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