What is Cloud Computing?
As defined by Dictionary.com, it is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
Businesses nowadays are turning into cloud for a more flexible and cost-efficient solution for their data storage and processing needs. Aside from saving businesses a lot of money, it is also saving businesses a lot of times since services are deployed rapidly. Needed services are ready to use in a matter of hours and minutes compared to the months and days that it would take when done traditionally. With cloud computing, businesses can access their data, files and documents anywhere at any time. So even if one is not in the office and work computer is not accessible, work can still be done. No problem!
Surely there are a lot of advantages with Cloud Computing. But are there also disadvantages? Is Cloud Computing a mixed blessing?
There are two sides to everything, and it’s no different with this technology. Businesses should be fully aware of these cons before signing on. It is true that data and information can be accessed anytime from anywhere but it is also expected that there will be times that the system can have issues. It is a fact that this technology is not immune to outages and technical issues even with thorough maintenance. Security can also be a concern. Remember that you are putting your data in the internet making it vulnerable for exposure especially when it is hacked.
As always, it is very important to understand the risks involved in taking on any technology.