Cloud Computing – it’s here, it’s there, it’s everywhere. Some believe it’s the future. They say if you aren’t taking advantage, you could probably be left behind.
So,what is it? Well, Cloud computing is a reference to computing resources, (like software or hardware) that exist on computers that are at a distance from the user, and are delivered and employed by end users as a service over a network( like the internet ). Chances are likely that you are already using cloud-based computing without even realizing it. For instance, web-based email services are “in the cloud.”
- Cost Effective
Cloud computing is the most cost efficient method to work, maintain, upgrade and progress. Traditional desktop software costs companies a lot in terms of finance. To top it off, licensing fee for multi-user based infrastructures is a nightmare for financiers. On the other hand, cloud is available at much cheaper rates which significantly lowers the company’s expenses. Working or operating on the cloud can be inexpensive and maintenance free for IT companies.
Cloud is a leveraged infrastructure as a service. So, quick development of apps and tools that support your infrastructure is possible. And if the load on an application grows, one can scale horizontally by provisioning new servers.
- Unlimited Storage
Storing information in the cloud gives us almost unlimited storage capacity. One no more needs to worry about running out of storage space or increasing your current storage space availability.
- Backup and Recovery
All the data present is stored in the cloud, so backing it up and restoring the same is relatively easy when compared to getting it all from a physical device. Furthermore, most cloud service providers are usually competent enough to handle recovery of information. This makes the entire process of backup and recovery much simpler than other traditional methods of data storage.
- Easy Accessing
If one is registered on the cloud, then one can access all the information stored from anywhere in the world. Working internet connection is all that is required. The cloud makes it so simple to work on one’s data, irrespective of different time zone and geographical location issues!
- Technical Issues
Although the data and info on the cloud can be accessed anytime from anywhere, there are times when this system can have some serious dysfunction. This technology is always prone to outages and other technical issues, in spite of companies keeping up high standards of maintenance. Besides, one will need a very good Internet connection to be logged onto the server at all times. Connectivity problems can cause immense loss of data and info.
- Surrendering the data
Security issue is one of the major issues of Cloud Computing. Once one adopts this technology, it means that one will be surrendering one’s company’s sensitive information to a third-party cloud service provider, putting the company at great risk. Hence, you need to make absolutely sure that you choose the most reliable service provider, who will keep your information totally secure.
- Prone to Attack
Storing information in the cloud makes you vulnerable to external hack attacks and threats. The cloud is prone to attack, it isn’t completely secure and there is always the possibility of stealth of sensitive data.
Like every other techie thing, cloud computing has its pros and cons. It can be a great asset and a shot in the arm to the companies having good understanding and usage vision. And yeah, with the vulnerability of data at stake, it can bring one down too.