The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

It seems like everyone is starting a business these days, but that makes a lot of sense. There has never been a better time to start a small business, thanks to interconnected technologies, the internet, and cloud-based computing.  Large corporations, of course, can effectively communicate and process information within the organization thanks to efficient enterprise servers.

Small and medium sized businesses, on the other hand, can take excellent advantage of cloud computing services to close the gap the much larger organizations have within the market.  Of course, there are both advantages and disadvantages to all services, so weigh these if you are looking to make some effective changes in your small organization.


Perhaps the most significant advantage that small businesses will gain by shifting towards cloud computing. IT services can be expensive—especially if you outsource—but cloud computing can help to simplify your needs without all the expense.  For one, you won’t have to house an IT department. That means, of course, you won’t have to train the department or maintain it.  No facility and no staff means reduced manpower and lower operating costs, but you won’t have to sacrifice much (if anything at all) in the process.

Secondly, cloud computing is often more reliable than outsourced IT.  The reason for this, of course, is that when you use external support you are competing for attention.  Using internal cloud-computing, you and your team are able to manage all of your data quickly and effectively.

Finally, cloud-computing ensures you stay on track and up to date.  Cloud-computing infrastructures help your organization to stay on top of everything in your industry as well as the tech industry so you can stay competitive in the market.

Now, just because cloud computing offers a lot of advantages to so many different types of organizations that does not mean it is the best tool for everyone. Indeed, you should remember that there are some disadvantages, depending on the size and type of your business.

Primarily, cloud computing is still, technically, a type of outsourcing.  That means that there may be other clients occupying the server, and that means your data might not be as accessible as you would like.  This can involve things like a higher risk for network outages, even more than you might experience with a traditional enterprise server.

You might also find that when you hire a cloud-computing service you might lose a little control.  This is often a worthy sacrifice, but it can be a difficult transition.

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