Cloud Computing: The Good And The Bad

Apparently 39% of the 88% of IT decision makers surveyed don’t use cloud technologies due to a lack of knowledge, according to a study commissioned by PEER 1 Network Enterprises. Cloud computing has about as many opponents as it does fans (in addition to those who remain unsure of their ultimate opinion). But what are the key pros and problems people have with cloud computing? Here’s a brief look at some of the main ones.

One of cloud computing’s biggest bugbears is people’s concerns about its security. A perceived lack of security is what 23% of those surveyed in PEER 1’s study attributed their not using it to. It is understandable that some people will be a little squeamish about entrusting sensitive company data to a third party, and indeed often smaller companies in particular do not have the money for adequate security systems.

Conversely, however, 43% said that they were pleased with the security advantages that cloud computing offered. Realistically your information is stored in a secure data center and password-protected, and often threats come from somewhere closer to home such as former (or current) employees rather than marauding hackers. Additionally with all of its data being backed up on the cloud something happening to single laptop or computer will not cause too much inconvenienve (aside from the obvious, of course).

Reduced costs are also another major selling point for most cloud hosting companies. Software is provided (and updates handled) by the provider. A monthly or annual contract can also be entered into, meaning that many applications are subsequently offered free. Additionally hardware costs are greatly reduced and thus far less resources are wasted; this even makes it beneficial for the environment. However, excessive usage of bandwidth can quite possibly bump up the costs, and chances are that the larger your company is the less likely you are to save money.

Overall, however, cloud computing ‘s benefits seem to outweigh its flaws in the majority of business situations; cloud technologies look to be here to stay.

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