The benefits and barriers of computing in the cloud

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

As cloud computing gallops toward becoming a mainstream method of managing data and software in organizations, many are still left wondering what it's all about. This bleeding-edge concept is still in infancy, yet it has people saying it's an integral component for every business's future. Like everything, though, there are both ups and downs.

The Benefits

  • Cost savings. Especially for larger businesses, cloud computing can save a lot of money on software upgrades and data storage.
  • Efficient use of resources. Again, cloud computing allows businesses to focus on efficiency without sacrifices.
  • Flexibility and scalability. An obvious reason to love the cloud is its remarkable versatility compared with the old ways of doing business.
  • Security. On a private cloud, security is a major benefit.

The Barriers

  • Privacy issues. On a public cloud, there are definite security risks.
  • Poor service. Cloud computing on a grand scale does require sufficient provider service—but these infant stages of cloud computing indicate the art has yet to be mastered.

There are inarguably more pros than cons, and the cons are resolvable in the long term. Both private and public clouds serve their own purposes, though private is more favoured. As far as mass adoption goes, it's really a matter of "when," not "if."

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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