September 7, 2014
Cloud computing can basically be defined as doing work on your local computer, but storing the data on a server at another location. Before entrusting your data to someone else, there are 5 advantages and disadvantages you should consider.
Advantages of Cloud Computing
Convenience. You can access your data anywhere you can connect to the Internet.
Security. Most companies use industrial level security software and practices which make it harder for hackers to get at your data. That’s harder, but not impossible.
Backups. You have a backup of your data in case your local computer crashes.
Collaboration. With your permission, others can access, view, and modify your documents.
Environmentally friendly. It takes fewer resources to cloud compute, thus saving energy. Some businesses take it a step further and incorporate cloud computing into their telecommuting strategies.
Disadvantages of Cloud Computing
Security breaches. Remember, I said that remote server security makes it harder, but not impossible, for hackers to reach your data. If there is a compromise of the server(s) where your data is stored, your personal information may be exposed to the world. There’s also a good chance that more than just your information may be affected—we're talking possibly millions of other users.
Outages. Have you ever been unable to access your email due to your provider being down? Now, imagine if you needed a document for an important business meeting or presentation and your storage provider’s site was down. Believe me it happens, and it happens at…