Is Cloud Computing Technology the Answer for your Small Business?
Over the last several years, there has been an increase in hype over cloud computing technologies, outsourcing office data and voice over IP. Cloud has been a term thrown around a lot lately, but it means different things to different people. The broad definition in combination to reduced security, accountability and dependability seems to be quite troubling to many in the small business world.
What is the Cloud?
If you are wondering what cloud computing is, let’s look at the fundamentals. Cloud is a group of network servers where the user receives restricted access to achieve certain tasks or functions. It could also be a single server located off-site or it could be as complicated as data centers with full service hosting allowed. The main issue with defining cloud computing is that there are so many services and products involved with the technology, and not anything really that specific. For that reason, the diluted definition makes it difficult to explain it more than this.
However, often cloud computing does not involve a dedicated IT server for the small business owner. This means that there is no control as it relates to confidential data. Other things that do not fall under cloud computing are:
These localized elements do not fall under ethereal infrastructure, which many considered to be a part of the cloud computing technology.
Are There Any Advantages?
Yes, there are advantages to using cloud computing. The cost is one of the reasons why some small business owners choose this option. Cloud services are offered at low cost because the providers purchase huge amounts of space for computing clout and divide it among customers, keeping the difference and considering it a profit margin. Content distribution is also a benefit of cloud computing where different employees at different locations can access content. However, for safety with company data and confidentiality, there are risks involved.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
If you are utilizing the cloud computing server to operate your website and the cloud server is hacked, your content could be jeopardized and destroyed. Most cloud providers are not accountable for this and this may prove to be harmful to your business. You may not even be able to review any logs to find out details about the hack and what information might have been stolen or whether the provider should be blamed for this security breach.
In addition, you could have outage problems, causing data to get lost and cannot be found. So, in effect, you have to weigh the pros and cons and decide whether you want to risk putting confidential data at risk with cloud computing technology. Local area networks are more efficient and secure with speed in transferring data. The opposite is true for cloud computing. If you do choose to move your business into the cloud, rely on a trusted and talented team of I.T. engineers to avoid exposing your sensitive data.