Some Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is quite literallyDisadvantages of Cloud Computing transforming the world!  But there are serious trade-offs…  Let’s take a look at the Disadvantages of Cloud Computing.

Everyone is getting on the train…  the cloud computing express!

I mean, it’s understandable.  Cloud computing just makes things easier.

And crack just makes people feel awesome.

So, they’re both great for us right?

Well… not so fast there…

Cloud computing has had an undeniably positive effect on many aspects of society.  We’re more connected than ever before!  Kitschy apps like Snapchat have given us a unique ability to interact over vast distances and in a variety of specific contexts.  Someday I’ll do a post on the benefits of cloud computing… but that’s not today!  Today is for the disadvantages of cloud computing.  And there are some glaringly serious ones.

Guess what?  They pretty much all relate to SECURITY… obviously.

Disadvantage #1:  Ownership

Look, this is not a joke.  We are throwing a LOT of information up there into “the cloud”.  Oftentimes with reckless abandon!  Very few people stop and think about what kind of data they are so readily releasing from their possession.  Depending on the terms and conditions (or SLA) of your provider, the ownership of your uploaded data may even be in question!  Scary stuff.

Many large household named companies provide cloud storage, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their terms and conditions sway in your favor.  You MUST pay attention to this.

Disadvantage #2:  Systemic Issues

The issue of security has multiple facets.  One that people rarely dare to think about is systemic stability.

We are unbelievably dependent upon cloud computing operations, and the internet in general.  If Google, Apple, or Amazon’s servers all went down, what would happen?

“Impossible” you say!

And therein lies the problem.

You are most likely correct that these companies are highly unlikely to just “mess up” or overlook a potential security threat.  But there are things outside of our control– natural disasters, solar flares and terrorism (just to name a few).  And the big issue here isn’t personal data loss.  No, it’s the ability of our society to continue functioning in the way we’ve grown so accustomed to.

Disadvantage #3: Control

This is another one of the disadvantages of cloud computing:  Don’t put things in the cloud if you want to keep control over them!  Ok?  That’s the long and short of this section.

The cyber world is not 100% secure and it probably never can be.  Humans tend to be very short sighted and furthermore, we aren’t as good at remembering things as we think we are!  The cloud is a new technology.  The internet is a new technology.  Computers are a new technology.

Keep in mind that we’ve only been riding this train for a couple decades.  Humanity has been around for far, far longer.  I think it’s best to keep it all in perspective.

 

In the End…

Even though we’ve examined a few disadvantages of cloud computing, that’s not to say we shouldn’t take advantage of this technology– I think we should!  I’m a futurist and I think there is a difference between operating through fear and approaching something with caution.

So yeah, in summary, there are some disadvantages of cloud computing…

But don’t get all crazy about them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloud Computing Implementation: Struggles, Successes and Strategies

Cloud Computing Implementation

The implementation of cloud computing causes some individuals and businesses owners a great deal of trepidation!

But have no fear– take a look at how you can deal with the struggles of cloud computing implementation.

Struggles

Alright, you’ve been considering for a while now that maybe it’s time for you and/or your business to take the leap into the cloud.

Are you concerned that it’s a bigger “leap of faith” than you want to take?

Well that’s understandable.  After all, there are many struggles on the road to successful cloud computing implementation, and they do need to be addressed.  I intend to write an article specifically highlighting the disadvantages of cloud computing.  But for the sake of this article, I think there are two major struggles to examine:

First of all, there is the biggie:  Security.  Not something that can be easily overlooked.

As far as security goes, you need to be careful.  Your cloud computing service level agreement should be specific about who owns the material you upload into the cloud and what measures they provide to help ensure the security of your data.

However, one of the realities of cloud computing implementation is that sometimes things go wrong.  Sometimes security is breached.  And if you aren’t prepared to deal with your data being stored off-location on someone else’s servers, you should probably steer clear of the cloud all together!

Second:  Cost. Or maybe cost is first for you…  who knows.  But we can all agree money is ALWAYS up there on the list of priorities.  And it’s important to spend your dollars wisely!

Cost can range a great deal, but oftentimes the upfront costs are worth it.  You need to calculate what you could save on computing infrastructure and in-house services BEFORE you can be sure that cloud computing implementation is worth it for you.

 

Successes

Yeah the struggles are scary.  But they have to be considered in the light of all the potential successes cloud computing implementation can bring you and/ or your business.

First off:  Efficiency.  The cloud provides you access to your data unlike any you’ve had before.  This can assist you in working on the go (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Second: Money.  You could save money by working in the cloud!  If you’re constantly upgrading equipment and spending a great deal on IT support, you might just find that cloud computing implementation actually helps you cut down on your costs, WHILE giving you better access to your files.

 

Strategies

You HAVE to do a full appraisal of your current IT system prior to the implementation of cloud computing services.

Different cloud computing service providers can have widely varying SLA’s or Service Level Agreements, so you really do need to do your due diligence before choosing a provider.  Do they truly provide the cloud computing solution your small business is looking for?  The SLA will tell you the nitty-gritty.

 

So you see, there really is nothing to fear when it comes to cloud computing implementation.  With a bit of strategy, you can overcome the struggles and start enjoying the successes!

 

 

Cloud Computing Disaster Recovery: Bouncing Back from a Nightmare

Cloud Computing Disaster RecoveryCloud computing disaster recovery is becoming more important than ever before!

And it’s not that hard to see why.

 

Everything seems to be making a move into the cloud.  Whether you’re an Apple loyalist or a user of Microsoft products, both companies now offer and aggressively promote their personal cloud-based services.

Based on the widespread personal use of those platforms alone, one could make a strong argument in favor of the need for cloud computing disaster recovery services!

But that’s not where it ends…  Not even close.

Cloud-based products are making a stealthy integration into our everyday lives, without the clear awareness of the general public.  A perfect example is webmail:  Most people use it.  And most people rarely think about how it’s all accomplished.

When you use web-based email, it doesn’t get stored directly on your computer.  No…it’s stored in the cloud!

“The cloud” is just a term we use to describe when data is being stored on an off-site server, accessed by an internet connection.

The advantage is clear.  If all you need is an internet connection to access your files, you can do so from virtually anywhere.  How convenient!

The flip side is that you forfeit a massive amount of control over your data.  In fact, there are a lot of potential dangers: accidental deletion, natural disasters, cyber security breaches (which have been ALL OVER the news recently) — just to name a few.

And that’s where cloud computing disaster recovery services really start to become important.  Actually, “important” isn’t really the right word.  It’s more like “unbelievably necessary”!

Could you imagine the outcry if hotmail, gmail or yahoo suddenly lost all their users’ messages? It would be chaos.

Luckily, it seems that most technology companies that employ cloud-based services understand the importance of data back up and security, so instances such as this are probably unlikely to occur.

However, we can be thankful that cloud computing DraaS (or cloud computing Disaster recovery as a Service) is a rapidly developing industry– one that can help mitigate the potential downfalls of this incredibly advantageous technology!