By Lina Martinez
Cloud computing might have been born in 1999, but it’s true birth was years later with the arrival of the cloud. Since then, storage has never been the same and businesses have never looked back, until now. Although cloud storage has held the status quo for a decade or so, the industry is beginning to turn its back. Is it as helpful as people like to imagine? Can the company survive without it? What are the alternatives? These are all questions which need answering, and the best way to do it is a list of the pros and cons.
Pro: Unlimited Storage
As businesses now rely on the Web, storage is becoming more and more important. Also, the rise of data and Big Data, in particular, means companies need more storage space than ever before. The great thing about the cloud is that it has unlimited space, and it is still growing. All the supplier has to do is add more servers and RAM to power the expansion and hey presto. So, as long as it is in agreement, there is no reason to worry about finding places to store sensitive information.
Con: Security Flaws
However, one reason companies are turning their backs is that of security issues. In the past, incidents such as the Celebrity Hacking scandal have made people aware of the ease with which hackers can access data. It is even worse if the cloud a business uses is a public one and is not on a private server. Of course, there are additional cloud data security measures that the company can put in place that deals with security. However, when businesses pay a fee that is bound to last a lifetime, most feel the product should be faultless.
Thanks to the accessibility aspect of the software, a business can connect to the server at any time, anywhere. The implications of this are massive. To begin with, it allows the company to more productive as well as efficient. With access to files outside of the business, the organisation can generate and follow up on leads anywhere in the world. Also, it helps with communication. The fluidity of information is essential for modern businesses, and the cloud means people have the data at their fingertips. Too many bosses, this positive is enough to outweigh the majority of the negatives.
Con: Lasting Cost
Simply put, there is no reason to build a business version of the cloud. For one thing, it is too expensive to create and too much hard work, not to mention the hassle. Plus, it is a pointless task as suppliers provide an affordable product at a high standard. So, what’s the issue? The problem is that the cost will last forever, which businesses owners don’t like. The reason is two-fold. Firstly, there isn’t the freedom to cut costs should things take a turn. The fee is set in stone and that is final. Secondly, it means there is a reliance on a third-party which means they have leverage over the company.
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To make a final decision, you have to weigh up the positives versus the negatives.