Cons of Cloud Computing - Luke Lonergan
Cloud computing gains more ground every day among different industries. It helps them to reduce costs and lets them focus on their core competencies instead of fussing about infrastructure and IT concerns. It has definitely earned all the hype it has received over the past few years.
However, as with anything else, cloud computing comes with its own set of problems, particularly when you look at smaller operations. Therefore, if you are planning to take the leap into cloud computing consider these drawbacks very carefully.
This is probably the single biggest problem with cloud computing. Even the best cloud provider will face service outages at least occasionally. In order to access cloud services, you need access to the internet. If you don’t get it, there goes access to basically everything you need to run your company. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider what aspects of your business will be affected by downtime and the fact that if you don’t have internet, none of your applications can go online.
Privacy and Security
Whether data is online or offline, one major concern is always how secure and private it is. As a business, when you utilize infrastructure that is based on remote clouds, you’re outsourcing your business. While it is your cloud service provider’s responsibility to ensure that the hardware infrastructure is secure, remote access is completely in your hands. You have to remember that no system is completely secure and weigh your decision in that light. You must also consider all the information that has been leaked over the last few years and remember that in trusting your provider, you trust an outsider.
Limited Flexibility and Control
Depending upon which cloud service provider companies use, they don’t exercise complete control over the hosting infrastructure’s execution and function. Cloud service providers may have management policies and EULAs in place that place limits on what companies are allowed to do with their deployments. While you may have control over the management and control of your data, services and applications, the same is not true when it comes to the backend infrastructure. Under normal circumstances this doesn’t pose a problem since it doesn’t greatly affect the way a company functions but it is something that you need to consider.
Dependency on One Platform
This is also referred to as ‘vendor lock-in’. This basically means that because of intense competition among cloud service providers, you may find it well nigh impossible to change providers. First of all, it is expensive and time-consuming to have to change all your apps to meet the new provider’s requirements. Secondly, during migration your data is wide open to security and privacy threats.
Don’t let these disadvantages deter you. There are plenty of best practices that you can follow to minimize the risk to your business. Do some research and plan in advance and take advantage of all that cloud computing has to offer.
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