“Information is power”. This well-known phrase may sound topical and even too bombastic if we talk about day to day life (both personal & professional). However, we all agree that whether its personal or professional activity, data needs to be handled, and that the success or failure of a task depends on the quality, security, and availability of this information.
Without any doubt, cloud computing is a booming technology which is moving faster and becoming dominant method of delivering computer services. Both large and small businesses are realizing its importance, empowerment comes with cloud computing, experts say. But as we all know, there are two sides of a coin and there is nothing as free lunch, cloud computing along with having some serious benefits comes with a set of consequences that can be a serious concern for organizations. Here in this article, we’ve described possible benefits and consequences that an organization should consider before shifting to the cloud.
Cloud Computing: Benefits
Access While Moving: One benefit of shifting to cloud is that you can easily access your data even if you are not present in your cramped office cubicle. With cloud computing, you can access your data using iPads, mobile or any other computer device. If you have a strong and reliable internet connection, no one can stop you from accessing your data. Cloud centralizes entire data so that we could access it easily without depending on the hardware or software.
Cost Efficient: If you want to save money, move to cloud computing. With this technology, you can save excessive amount of money that you usually spend on maintaining your hardware and software. When you are on cloud, you don’t have to worry about buying a new software or spending money on licensing, installation and up-gradation.
Data Recovery: With cloud computing, you don’t have to worry about restoring data or taking any backups because vendors make sure that your data automatically gets backed up and remain safe – always.
Limitless Storage: Cloud computing provides you unlimited storage, meaning you no longer have to buy new servers, machines, and other types of storage devices.
Cloud Computing: Consequences
No internet No access: Having no access to data in absence of internet is possibly one of the biggest handicaps of cloud computing. If you have no or poor internet connection, you can’t use cloud, even an hour of downtime can cause you a lot.
Security Issues: Vendors around the globe are using latest technology to satisfy security needs of the clients. But remember, advanced technology gives newer and better opportunities to hackers to steal confidential data. Because data is always on internal servers, there is higher risk of hacking.
Customer Support: Over the years vendors have tried to improve when it comes to giving customer support. Client’s complaints’ have considerably gone down but it still can’t be ignored. If you are in a business that requires quick responses then you should ensure constant access to technical support team – low level of support can cost you a lot.
Different Formats: Remember, a wise choice can help you touch the sky. There are various cloud service providers that use different data formats and application that restricts you from easily transferring the data. Due to different formats, you may get stuck while transferring. Therefore, before selection, the vendor ensures if he is using industry APIs and provides easy data extraction.
The decision is yours if you believe; the weight of benefits is higher than the consequences, then you should defiantly move everything to cloud.