What Is “The Cloud”

No, it’s not a mysterious collection of data floating around aimlessly in the sky.
They have been around since the Internet began. The term “Cloud Computing” sounds more complicated than what it really is. It’s just a name that describes a group of servers on the Internet used to store, manage, and process data, rather than using a local server or a personal computer in your immediate surroundings. Your computer or device becomes the “tool” to access your data that ‘sits’ on the Internet.

When it comes to personal use, this can keep you photos, videos and data on a server that has virtually unlimited storage capacity and you can access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection. This is still true for businesses, but with much more to think about.

The points below are just a few samples of the pros and cons for business Cloud Computing:

The Benefits:

  • Accessibility: You can access your data or program from anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection.
  • Collaboration: Multiple people can access the same information.
  • Recovery:  Since all of your data is stored in the cloud, backing it up and restoring the same is relatively much easier than storing the same on a physical device.
  • Cost Effective: For businesses there is minimal start up cost because the cost is offset by a predictable monthly fee for these services and licensing of software is less expensive.

Disadvantages: 

  • Technical Issues: Even the very best of Cloud providers experience technical difficulties which can impact your entire staff when it does happen. You always need a good Internet connection, you will be stuck in the event of any network outage whether it’s on your end, your Internet provider or at the provider.
  • Security: Before adopting this technology, you should know that you will be surrendering all your company’s sensitive information to a third-party cloud service provider. It is most important to find a Cloud service provider who is reliable and will keep your information secure to the level you require.
  • Online Threats: This could potentially put your company to great risk.Storing information in the cloud can also make your company vulnerable to external threats and exploits. It would be a good idea to verify they have security measures in place to detect potential tampering with your data.