The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing

It has never been easier to start a business, thanks to the internet.  And with many job markets getting harder to crack, starting your own business might be the best way to keep yourself employed.   And one of the big advancements behind the small business boom is cloud computing.

WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING?

Cloud computing is a term used to describe storing data on the internet instead of in static office computers.  It can also refer to the sharing and processing of information through web-based collaboration (known as “the cloud”).  

Large companies use Meade Willis cloud based WMS, for example, to be more effective and efficient at processing massive chunks of data and to communicate with a large number of people at the same time.  Smaller businesses, though, can use cloud computing to improve their costs, helping them to grow and compete in a very fast-paced world.

ADVANTAGES to CLOUD COMPUTING

First and foremost, you probably agree that having an IT department is pretty expensive.  Whether you hire in house or you outsource, keeping people on hand to address technology issues is one of the more costly aspects of any budget.  If you use cloud computing, though, you can often simply your needs (and likely won’t even have to house any IT personnel at all).  That means no building or offices, fewer people to pay, and less time spent training; not to mention other benefits or costs associated with IT personnel.

Secondly, though, cloud computing is actually more reliable than IT in many ways, particularly if you outsource your IT.  When you use external support, you compete with everyone else who hires this firm and that means you could be waiting for solutions that you need now, or you might not get the quality of attention you really need.

Third, cloud-computing is always up to date.  Pretty much everything that is connected to the internet, these days, gets automatic updates. Or, at the very least, is on par and connected with other aspects of the web to ensure that you can get updates as you need them.

DISADVANTAGES to CLOUD COMPUTING

While many companies will, indeed, benefit greatly from cloud computing services, there are a few reasons why you might not quite be ready to make the shift. For one, cloud computing is still, basically, a type of outsourcing and that means you still face some of the complications associated with outsourcing (bandwidth, price, accessibility).  

 

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