Cloud computing has been a major topic of discussion in the business world, but many IT professionals have been skeptical of the practice over the years due to security concerns and issues with management. However, technology advancements have allowed businesses to implement cloud computing in previously unforeseen ways, leading to more convenient, flexible, and affordable solutions as a whole.
You likely use the cloud for certain resources within your infrastructure, many of which are perhaps hardware-related, and it’s an incredibly helpful solution in comparison to renewing your entire in-house infrastructure on the regular. Cloud computing is valuable in that it can help you cut costs associated with running enterprise-level applications and hardware systems, essentially distilling these costs into a per-month or per-GB offering. It’s a great way to streamline your computing strategy.
Many of the resources you utilize on your computing infrastructure can be accessed through the cloud, so it’s effective for setting up your business just the way you want it. You can cut costs while implementing the resources you need to thrive. Furthermore, cloud-based tools give you enhanced flexibility and the ability to implement platforms that you might not otherwise consider, as well as allowing you to scale solutions to meet your business’ demands. All you need is an Internet connection to make sure that your employees have access to the tools they need to succeed.
However, there are some drawbacks to cloud computing.
On-site computing is the traditional way of doing things for business. You implement server units that host your application and data, and they essentially create a central hub for your business’ technological resources. On-site computing is not that rare for many businesses that have been around the block a time or two. These businesses need uninterrupted access to their resources, and even though cloud computing uptime has increased dramatically over the years, downtime does still exist.
Security is also a factor that must be considered with cloud resources. On-site computing gives your business greater control over access, network traffic, and so much more than your typical public cloud might. You don’t want to be caught in a position where your business’ most delicate information is hosted in the cloud and it gets compromised as a result. Some companies simply don’t want to take the risk due to compliance and other various factors, which is completely understandable.
No matter how you want to set up your computing infrastructure, Strata Information Technology can help you keep it safe and optimized. To learn more, reach out to us at 888.678.7282.
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