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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has become a much sought after software technology which has been adopted by various enterprises. The technology allows users to access their applications and programs from any geographical location with their internet connected device. It has some distinct advantages over the traditional web based technologies but does have minor concerns as well.

Pay What You Use

The cloud computing technology has scalability which facilitates the resources to expand when your website goes viral, and when there is a lull with less traffic it uses only limited resources. Since you pay as per your usage, there is no wastage of resources and you can save quite a lot over the period of time. This flexibility makes cloud a better choice than traditional models. Furthermore, the cost for cloud solutions comes cheap which makes it is an ideal choice for small and medium businesses.

Low Upfront Cost

To begin with you don’t need huge upfront amount for software purchases and licensing, neither do you have to spend for installing internal hardware for your operations. All you need to do is subscribe for the services and start using it right away. You do not need a team of IT professional to manage your applications, and exhaust your resources to rectify errors as the technical end it taken care by the service provider.

Easy Accessibility

Cloud computing gives users more mobility as they can access the data from any location because the data is stored in virtual cloud across various remote servers. Individuals can access it from their internet devices without any problematic issues hence they need not be tied down to their office location to work on them. Though, users do have to register themselves with the setup to login.

Dependency

The downside of this technology could be that you become dependent on the service provider, as you lose control over your software application. The tools for maintaining and updating the applications are in the service providers’ hands, and if any error occurs you are hapless and cannot do anything about it. You have to contact the service providers who have to debug the error for you, and it is up to them how efficient they are at fixing the problem. If such malfunctioning issues occur at vital periods it could cause major discomfort for the businesses. Furthermore the service providers can terminate their services if they are unable to continue for some reasons and you will be left with limited services.

Privacy

The other concern in using cloud computing is that your data lacks privacy as it falls under the control of a third party, and it is at their mercy. The third party has to take care of your sensitive data, and if they don’t have proper security protocols in place your data could be at risk. The data can fall in wrong hands if the system gets easily hacked, and it could be used for malicious purposes. You may have to deal with the consequences of legal issues.

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