The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing

As technology shifts and changes, so do the challenges involved in running your business. As more and more businesses move to cloud computing, here are some things to keep in mind:

The Pros:
  • Overall Lower Costs

It’s always important to keep costs in mind when operating a business, luckily cloud computing lowers overall costs as it utilizes a pay as you go model, and does not require the investment in infrastructure that is needed for on-prem operations.

  • Consolidated Data

Cloud computing centralizes data so that all of your information is in one place. This gives you control over your data without having to visit different locations for different information. With the cloud, you know exactly where any piece of information is at any given time. This also makes backup and recovery of data simple and efficient, saving you precious time.

  • Unlimited Storage Capacity

On-prem storage comes with its limitations. One of the biggest disadvantages is that there is simply limited storage space with any on-prem operation. By harnessing the power of the cloud, you can effectively increase your storage capacity infinitely.

  • Improved Collaboration 

One of the advantages of moving to cloud computing is the power it gives your team to collaborate digitally. Cloud computing allows multiple employees to view and make changes to files and documents in real time, providing a much more efficient way for workers to collaborate on projects. This real time work also ensures that all team members have access to the relevant up to date versions of their projects, and easily allows for you to work without the hassles of time zone or location issues.

The Cons:
  • Connection Dependency

One possible drawback to cloud computing is that you are reliant on internet connectivity in order to be able to access your data, and you will not be able to access your information for the duration of an outage. While internet disruption may impact activities for the time that you don’t have web access, it will not result in the loss of any data. It is no more of an issue than any web based tool or service your business already uses.

  • Hard to Move Back

Another thing to consider when making the switch to the cloud is that it may be difficult to switch back. While data is easy to store, it can be a little trickier to recover and download. Though it is not likely that you will want to switch back to on-prem after experiencing the full power of the cloud, especially with an easy to use platform like CASFS+.

  • Monitoring Issues

Cloud computing management can raise many problems that include security, availability, confidentiality, privacy, legal and jurisdictional issues. Luckily the CASFS+ platform already has this in mind, and includes audit logging so that you can see what data is actually being used, who’s looking at the data, and the frequency of use. We also log who attempts to access files/directories they do not have access to.

The Bottom Line:

After looking at all the facts, the pros of cloud computing clearly outweigh the cons. Especially when you can mitigate cons with CASFS+. 

Our CASFS+ tools are specifically designed as a solution to the dilemma of rising cloud computing costs. From resource-saving caching and deduplication mechanisms to cost-monitoring features introduced by the file system, CASFS+ helps organizations significantly minimize cloud resource usage in big data processing.

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