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Cloud Computing – Is it for You?

December 3rd, 2015
You’ve probably heard a lot about Cloud Computing lately. Most have a general understanding of the concept, but might not exactly be sure of what to expect or what is involved. Cloud computing can make your small business more efficient, and cut costs, but before you make the decision to jump onto the Cloud bandwagon, make sure that you know the facts:
PROS:
1. Better Disaster Recovery: Moving your business data to the cloud can make disaster recovery easier and less expensive. You can even configure automatic backups in case of emergency.
2. Save Money: Most cloud computing is very cost effective (some even free)for even the smallest of businesses and putting your money back in your pocket instead of spending it on costly programs and services is always a good thing.
3. Flexible Sharing Capabilities: All of your documents can be shared and managed from multiple locations, allowing collaboration with employees and colleagues, in real time, with ease and from anywhere an internet access.
4. High Cloud Security: Cloud service companies proclaim to have the highest secure security for your information – after all, they their business depends on it. For sensitive data, there are effective passwords, and encryptions.
CONS:
1. Internet Dependability: Business runs smoothly in the cloud, as long as your Internet connection is consistent. If you lose connectivity, or experience an outage whatsoever, you’re out of luck until that Internet connection returns.
2. Ongoing Costs:While cloud computing is relatively inexpensive to start with, an in-house solution may cost less in the long run, depending on your needs. With cloud subscriptions, you will typically pay a monthly fee to maintain not only your server, but also all your data. Monthly fees for several cloud services can nickle and dime a company, so be careful.
3. Security: What are you putting in the cloud and can you trust your cloud hosting company? Depending on the data, not every business should be on the cloud. Highly sensitive data, or companies that must meet strict compliance regulations may not want to risk the cloud to keep it safe.
4. Low Bandwidth Issues: Low bandwidth can lead to frustration, poor quality performance and downtime. If you are transferring large files and requiring them in a hurry, you might want to think twice.
Essentially, the cloud is here to stay, and is getting stronger than ever. The question is, how are you going to use it?

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