Benefits and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

Spend even a small amount of time reading about news and developments in web hosting, and you will undoubtedly come across the term “cloud computing”. The term itself is rather broad and can refer to anything from web-based email to full application servers, to RaaS disaster recovery.

Although in the case of email, some people may use cloud computing out of pure necessity, dedicated server administrators may use it out of preference. Services such as Amazon S3 have been used by small, medium, and large websites for offsite data storage and retrieval. Here are some benefits and disadvantages to using cloud computing for data storage.

Benefits:

1. You receive secure, managed hosting at very inexpensive costs.
2. You do not need to purchase additional hardware as your space requirements grow.
3. Your server will have offsite backup in case something goes wrong.
4. If something does goes wrong, you can get the support of your service providers

Disadvantages:

1. Additional cost of data transfer fees
2. You do not have control over the remote servers, their software, or their security
3. Your data is at the mercy of a third-party company (you better make sure you trust them)
4. It may be difficult (or even impossible) to migrate massive amounts of data from the provider

These benefits and disadvantages may differ, depending on the provider. It is important for you to research them ahead of time and decide if cloud computing is right for you. Whether you need only a few applications like webmail or want all of your applications and/or data offsite, cloud computing may be an option you will want to consider.

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