Building on one of my team members previous blogs I would like to talk to you about some of the advantages associated with cloud computing and one of its major flaws.
- Convenience: There’s no doubt that cloud computing is one of the most efficient methods when storing data. Once you have registered with a cloud computing application, you’ll be able to access information anytime, anywhere with an internet connection. Therefore this would be highly beneficial for those who travel a lot, and is much more convenient than carrying around a physical device (e.g a USB key) which you could easily lose and wouldn’t be able to retrieve your data.
- Another great feature about cloud computing is its storage capacity. No need to worry about running out of space anymore as cloud computing supplies its users with almost unlimited amounts of storage.
- Cloud computing is also a very cost efficient method of storing data. Generally traditional desktop soft-wares can be financially expensive in comparison to cloud computing (E.g licensing fees). Therefore cloud computing allows its users (i.e a company) to significantly reduce their capital costs.
Although Cloud Computing may seem like a brilliant idea at a glance, unfortunately it carries with it one major flaw….
- Security/Privacy Issues: Many people (including myself) are a bit skeptical when it comes to sharing information online as we feel that we have no sense of control over our information once it has been stored. Due to the vast amount of people using cloud computing, one computer virus could rapidly spread throughout the entire system resulting in all users being affected. With that said we must keep in mind that a user name and password is not enough to keep us protected from online theft.
Essentially there are several benefits associated with cloud computing, some of which I mentioned above, but we have also learnt about one of its key issues which is vital to take into consideration before commencing a cloud computing application.
Thanks for reading!