Weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing

Cloud computing is now integral to the way we do business. And today, it is the preferred choice for organisations across the globe. But, even though the mainstream is adopting it, not everyone is convinced. So, if you still haven’t integrated the cloud into your business, we’re here to help you decide whether or not it is right for you.

“72 per cent of businesses across the world will be adopting cloud computing by 2022[1]

Disadvantages of cloud computing

Internet-dependent

Cloud computing requires a robust internet connection. However, this still isn’t available to every business. So, for some, organisations – particularly in rural areas, using cloud computing services is not a feasible option (unless they pay over the odds). However, 5G promises high-speed internet for all, no matter where a business is located. So, 5G could be the missing link for businesses that want to capitalise on the power of cloud computing but haven’t yet been able to.

Vendor lock-in/lack of control

Organisations are often reluctant to use cloud-services for fear that they will be locked into using one particular vendor. They are also worried about having no control over their back-end infrastructure and data.

And, this can prove challenging in some instances. However, the right cloud partner will make sure that you always stay in control. So it’s easy to walk away if needs be. In fact, switching between clouds should be much easier than migrating from a proprietary system.

Complexities of configuration

If you build a solution that meets your exact needs, it will do just that. And there are concerns that the cloud isn’t as customisable. However, anything you need should be possible with the right partner. Indeed, unless you are dealing with incredibly complex requirements or regulations, the cloud is suitable for the needs of most organisations.

Advantages of cloud computing

It’s cost-effective

Cost is one of the main reasons why most organisations adopt cloud services. With the cloud, businesses don’t need to make any substantial investments or worry about the cost of day-to-day management and upgrades. This is all handled by the cloud service provider.

All the storage you need

Another advantage of cloud computing is that it provides all the storage capacity you need. And this can be expanded as your requirements grow – usually for a nominal monthly fee. With the global data-sphere expected to reach a staggering 175 Zettabytes by 2025[2], getting ready for the digital revolution should be on everyone’s to-do list.

Reliability

Cloud servers have virtually zero downtime. In fact, at Cloud Geeni, we provide 99.9% uptime guaranteed, so you don’t have to worry about the toll of lost business hours.

Security

Despite what you might see in the media, unlike traditional systems and services, the cloud offers a highly secure ecosystem. And, it can significantly reduce the chances of your business being a victim of hacking, malware and viruses. What’s more, should a laptop or mobile device get lost or stolen, with the cloud, access can be immediately revoked. This is because data is never saved to any one device. And, the cloud also boasts boast best-in-class backup and recovery processes.

Access to data

The cloud provides real-time access to data or files from any location, at any time. In a world where more and more people are choosing to work remotely, having access to business-critical information is now vital.

Futureproofing

The next generation of intelligent technologies (e.g. Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Automation, etc.) rely on the cloud. So, if you want to keep up with the competition (or even better get ahead of the rest), you must make the switch to the cloud.

For more information on how our cloud-based products and services can help your business, contact us today for an informal chat.

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[1] Future of Jobs Survey, World Economic Forum

[2] IDC Data age 2025