Cloud Storage: Pros and Cons
There’s no getting around it: the future of data storage lies in the cloud. Cloud computing is already one of the prime methods of application consumption, and IT professionals tout its ability to increase capacity without the need for new infrastructure. Techies often have a lot of lengthy and esoteric definitions of cloud computing, but in simple terms – at least as far as data storage is concerned – it’s merely a collection of offsite servers accessible via the Internet.
And this can mean different things to different businesses.
At this point in time, many businesses and companies are considering making a move to cloud. Overall, any move in this direction is bound to yield positive results. For example, some of the many benefits of cloud computing include:
Negligible setup costs
Despite the fact that cloud services cost money, the actual process of getting a client’s cloud operation up and running are often non-existent. That’s because no in-house IT staff is required nor is it required to purchase new hardware.
Cloud offers scalability as well as all the room any size business could need for expansion. Cloud is a pay-service model, meaning clients only pay for those services they need at any given time. And these services can accommodate businesses large and small.
No support staff
With cloud, every tech consideration is taken care of by the provider. This results in many cloud clients being able to reduce their overall IT staff.
The accessibility allows workers to access their data from almost any device and even collaborate with workers in different parts of the world.
But despite these positives, there are considerations on the opposite end of the spectrum that businesses will want to consider. These include:
For many larger organizations, cloud storage is a good move because the overall costs end up being less than those of in-house data-management. However, the data requirements of many small to medium businesses are usually much smaller than those of their bigger counterparts. These organizations would do well to make a cost comparison between in-house data storage and a cloud-based plan.
The great thing about cloud – remote data storage – is also a potential liability. Many businesses are simply worried that their private info could be compromised or even fall into the hands of a third-party, such as a competitor. The good news is that as long as the potential client does his or her diligence, piece of mind regarding data security should not be a problem.
To this end, businesses will want to ensure the cloud provider in question has a sterling reputation and offers an ironclad service-level agreement. Also, the provider in question should have no less than a 99.9% uptime rate as well offer bank-grade data encryption.
Most businesses have significant amounts of data-protection needs. And with cloud, that means quite a bit of data being transferred to and fro. An effective cloud-service provider will have the capacity needed to support these transfers and they should be able to provide detailed info on this topic to the client.
Those businesses thinking about moving to cloud should be able to use the above criteria to make an informed decision regarding the switch. That said, cloud’s biggest positive is its scalability, which allows for optimum data storage for any-sized business no matter how much those storage needs increase. That means, ultimately, there is never a better time than now to move to cloud storage.
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