Simple Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing-  is it right for you and your small business?
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Simple Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing- is it right for you and your small business?

So you might recall the nursery rhyme
“Rain rain go away come again another day.” Well some people take this even further
and they would say the same of clouds well not traditional clouds but cloud
computing. Well let’s discuss that because I’m not sure that there’s
complete wisdom in that approach so let’s look at the pros and cons as they
might relate to your organization. So first
what are the benefits of cloud computing why would anybody want to change what
they’ve got and go to the cloud. Well first up it provides access to really
the latest and greatest technology almost at an instant, generally very easy
to get up and running with also once you’ve got access to this new technology
its scalable so if you need more capability or less capability that’s
available a touch of a button. If your organization is growing, shrinking
usually you’ve got a lot of flexibility there with cloud computing to pay for
what you need rather than buying something that might be fixed for a
period of years which is the case when you’re buying your own service. Other
things, well usually better collaboration when you’re working in a cloud-based
world and the ability for people to work from anywhere so while that’s not always
a necessity, usually most of us like that flexibility of being able to do work
from places other than our standard workplace. Looking at CyberSecurity
that’s also an area we’re now starting to see much better capabilities often
from cloud environments than certainly what small organisations would have
access to themselves with just their own on-premises systems and then of course
there’s a sustainability aspect of cloud as well. So, are there downsides? well
there’s always a downside to consider. Not so many in the cloud
world and as more time goes on those downsides are shrinking and reducing and
being addressed. One that we’ve come across is often out of the box some
cloud systems just their standard offerings might not give you as much
flexibility around backups and how you would retain information if it got
deleted say a year or two years ago- how do you address that in a cloud if your
cloud system doesn’t give you an ability to roll back that fast certainly
something to to think about but in a lot of cases there are ways of catering to
that. Another area to think about is your internet performance, that certainly
plays in to how well cloud will work for you in locations such as New Zealand for
instance there is really really good performance in most business locations
with access to gigabit internet speeds for very low cost. Pther parts of the
world maybe not as good but often that isn’t a huge inhibitor. So really it’s
well worth considering cloud, so where should you start if your organization
isn’t really using cloud technologies today? The first place I would recommend
looking is at your email system if you’ve got an email server that’s on
your premises then in most organizations these days it make sense to get rid of
that, go to the cloud, take advantage of the advanced capabilities, the latest
features, the fact that it’s replicated across numerous locations and backed up
for you that’s something really worth paying for so that’s it from me if
you’d like to dive in further on this discussion feel free to join my email
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One Comment

  • Scott Marshall

    I feel like a lot of the important elements to consider against the cloud were missed here. I would also challenge some of the benefits.

    Both "Better collaboration" and "The ability to work from anywhere" are just as available out of "the cloud", from your own hosted server (you just have to have the know how to get it up and running). This is commonly touted as a feature of the cloud when really it's more of a requirement of the cloud due to its nature. On premise can give you the flexibility of both on site only and selective remote access.

    I would also argue on the point of cyber security that you are absolutely more vulnerable in the cloud and stating it is a benefit is misleading. You fundamentally have less control over your data and have more risk as it a bigger target for cyber criminals.

    Some prominent reasons not to go to the cloud (that were missed):
    – Lock in with one provider, potentially making it difficult/impossible to move.
    – Possibly no NZ support (depending on the cloud provider).
    – You have no control over the system and no oversight, meaning you have to rely on the cloud provider to securely store your data and fix any issues that arise. You're completely trusting them with some thing potentially essential to your business.
    – You are dependent on not just your Internet connection but their connection and equipment, if they have a slow, under spec'ed up-link or under spec'ed hardware you will be slowed down and this is completely out of your control.
    – Jurisdiction with storing your data outside of NZ and any legal issues that might arise form this (as most cloud providers don't host the data in NZ).

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