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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

If you own or manage a small or medium-sized business, you have probably had to weigh the benefits of moving to an enterprise networked system. Obviously, large corporations appreciate the convenience enterprise systems can provide, but that does not mean they are right for all businesses, particularly if yours is on the smaller side.  While cloud computing certainly has some benefits to your small business, you have to make sure that you also weigh some of the disadvantages to ensure it is right for you.


The most significant advantage that small businesses have with cloud computing is the cost savings.  IT can be expensive, but cloud computing is essentially outsourcing that job which means you don’t have to house, maintain, or train any aspect of that department.  A lack of facility and lack of oversight means that you reduce your manpower costs as well as your operating costs without sacrificing this very important part of your business.

In addition, cloud computing is reliable. When you use a managed service platform, it could actually be more reliable than using in-house IT.  That is because, once again, outsourcing means you are not in charge of overseeing this aspect of your business and those who actually do the work know that their consistency is job security.

Finally, cloud-computing can actually be a smart strategy for staying up to date on the latest trends.  When you utilize a cloud-computing infrastructure, the company providing it will have to stay abreast of all the goings-on in the tech industry if they want to remain competitive; and that keeps you competitive, too.


Just because cloud computing can benefit anyone doesn’t mean that it is always the best option for everyone. You should also keep in mind a few of these disadvantages in order to determine whether cloud computing is right for you.

For one, since this is a type of outsourcing you have to remember that your cloud service provider will also have other clients and that means they may not be as accessible as you might require.  In addition, this convolution of clients can also result in network outages more often than, perhaps, an enterprise server might experience.

Another disadvantage to cloud-computing is that the convenience (and lower prices) do come at a loss of control.  Since the cloud-computing service is privately owned (and not by your company), you may not have all the oversight you need.

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