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Businesses can reap major benefits from cloud computing without a doubt. However, there are some disadvantages too. This article briefly outlines them.

Pros of Cloud Computing

Reliability

Cloud computing is consistent and reliable compared to in-house infrastructure thanks to its managed service platform. Most providers offer full-time, 99.99% availability. Companies can benefit from a fast server failover mechanism and a massive pool of redundant IT resources.

Reduced Costs

Companies of all sizes can save substantial capital costs because there are no application requirements or in-house server storage. There are also no electric power, air conditioning, and administration costs.

Strategic Gains

You gain an advantage on the competition with ever-increasing computing resources because you need practically no time for IT procurement. Your company can deploy important applications that deliver major business benefits, with minimal provisioning time and no costs up front. Cloud computing makes it possible to forget about technology and concentrate on your key business activities and objectives. You’ll also need less time needed to market newer applications and services.

Manageability

Cloud computing offers enhanced and simplified IT management and maintenance capabilities by means of central resource administration, vendor-managed infrastructure, and SLA backed agreements. Maintenance and IT infrastructure updates are eliminated, as the provider maintains all resources. Software access is a matter of simple web-based user interface. There is no need to install anything. An SLA promises timely and guaranteed delivery, maintenance, and management of your IT services.

Cons of Cloud Computing

Not Risk-Free

Storing important files and other data on external providers is always risky despite the fact that cloud service providers enforce the best security standards and industry certifications. You’re giving your provider access to crucial data by using cloud-powered technologies. Being a public service poses security challenges. Users who aren’t necessarily well-meant can scan, identify and exploit system loopholes and vulnerabilities.

For example, a hacker might try to break into the files of other users stored and hosted on the same server in a multi-tenant cloud architecture, where the same server hosts multiple users. The likelihood of this isn’t very high though.

Downtime

Cloud service providers can face technical outages, causing temporarily suspension of your business processes. Moreover, you will not be able to access any of your data, applications, or server from the cloud if your internet connection is offline.

Final Thoughts

Evolution of switching to cloud services is not complete, and companies may have a hard time migrating their services from one to another vendor. Interoperability and support issues may occur, but this is something of a rare occurrence.