Cloud computing, or the cloud, has become a very popular solution to storage, and processing power upgrades among businesses looking to deploy new business initiatives into the marketplace quickly, and efficiently. There are many advantages to cloud computing. Cloud services can be accessed by any device with wifi capabilities like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. These networked client devices, known as cloud clients can be used to access and store files, images, and videos. The cloud, which is basically a network of privately owned servers connected through the internet, saves deployment time and physical storage space. But, storage as a service (SaaS), although cheaper than investing in the building, or expansion of an on-premises datacenter, definitely at its own price. There are some tradeoffs. And there are several reasons why relying completely upon cloud-based technology will not always be in the best interest of every business. For that reason, businesses looking to quickly expand storage and processing power should definitely think the process all the way through before fully converting to, and relying on cloud-based technology for business and/or personal use.
Privacy and Security
Security and privacy list among the greatest concerns when considering full cloud integration. The unfortunate truth is, with the use of cloud-based technology, security and privacy cannot be guaranteed to the degree of certainty many businesses need.. With more apps becoming dependent upon cloud-based technology, the way people store and access their data has changed. Often this involves the use of an unsecured network, which can leave valuable, actionable information vulnerable to outsiders. The same way that personal and/or business files are easily accessible to appropriate employees, they are also out there in the cloud to be accessed by others as well. Companies may not feel comfortable with sensitive information floating around the aether to be captured by competitors. And no one wants to have their photos, videos, or other data to be accessed by hackers. Even cloud service providers can access data as they please, using client photos, videos, or even music for their own promotional purposes. When a business opts for cloud services, they are essentially handing their data over to a third party. Cloud security is not guaranteed.
While cloud service providers claim that this technology will allow you to gain access to your data easily and from anywhere, it can also limit the access and control of the user. Relying fully on cloud-based services and technology forces cloud clients to depend on the internet. Accessing data in the cloud without an internet connection, puts clients and their data at the mercy of their respective internet or cellular service provider. If they are experiencing any type of difficulties access to data, will be placed on hold. This may not be a huge concern some businesses. But unscheduled downtimes could create chaos for a businesses planning to run apps on cloud-based technology. In that case downtimes could interfere with workflow, costing the company valuable time and money. Those that are weary of depending on the internet to store and access all of their data should probably reconsider fully integrating to the cloud.
Cost May not be Worth it.
As with any service, full cloud integration costs. Cellular and other companies offer cloud services but the more storage and/or processing power a company wants, the more they will pay. With the cost already high enough, some businesses may be better off transferring files, images, and videos onto a few external hard drives to avoid buying extra storage space in the cloud. Even when a company finds cloud services on the cheap, there are still other factors to consider. Some businesses may be short-sighted in their thinking, not taking the longer term growth into consideration. It must be understood that what may seem adequate and affordable now may not remain that way. As a company’s needs grow, so do costs.
No matter how popular cloud-based technology becomes, or how expedient it seems, consumers should exercise caution when it comes to full cloud integration. The cloud is not always as easy to access and use as the providers may claim. At any given time you could be denied access to data. This is not good at all considering the fact that cloud services are paid for and can get costly. The most concerning aspect of full cloud integration is security. The bottom line is that cloud security and privacy are not guaranteed. It is important to be fully aware of the terms and conditions, as well as the things you upload and store, when using cloud services and especially when considering full cloud integration.