Cloud computing is one of the century’s most important inventions; it offers infinite possibilities but many risks; we explain which ones.
First, however, we must focus for a moment on a very important issue: IT security in the company. Threats are around the corner, and ISPs are well aware of this; cloud services are equipped with cyber security teams designed to protect data from possible attacks.
This is because, despite the enormous advantages that the cloud is bringing to people’s lives and, above all, to companies, there is a need to reiterate a fundamental concept: there are no 100% secure IT services.
If you want to learn more, we have talked about some simple practices to be implemented in the company to prevent the risk of cyber attacks. If you already know, here are, in short, the risks and benefits for your company if you use cloud computing.
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Benefits Of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing services offer access to computers that are always up to date and with high computing capacity. Furthermore, intelligent systems offer the necessary resources for the tasks you are carrying out, thus optimizing the energy expenditure of the centers without affecting technical performance.
One of the great benefits of cloud computing is undoubtedly cost-cutting. Thanks to this new technology, you can access technologically advanced machines without having to buy them.
In the cloud, in fact, you only pay for a subscription (monthly or annual), which allows you to reduce initial costs, especially for companies in the start-up phase that do not have large budgets.
Performance is always at the top.
Cloud computing always delivers the highest possible performance. The various providers, according to more or less regular time intervals, update the server hardware to make the user experience always fluid, fast and performing.
Increased productivity and cut in management costs
Owning data centers inside the company requires, in addition to a large dedicated space, meticulous daily maintenance to prevent malfunctions, cyber-attacks, and overheating.
Relying on the cloud also cuts those tasks, making your business more productive and less expensive.
Reliability and safety
Many providers offer backup services that allow you to create a copy of your data, so you will avoid losing everything in case of problems. And the backup creation process is simplified and faster.
Furthermore, cloud services are run by specialized cyber security teams, and it is rare for them to have problems. But be careful: this does not mean that you can rest assured. All computer systems are hackable, so you should always pay close attention.
Risks Of Cloud Computing
Internet always required
While on the one hand, we can enjoy speed, performance, and reliability, on the other, we must be aware that a constant internet connection is needed to access cloud services.
In fact, in the absence of a network, it is not possible to connect to the data centers; therefore, it is impossible to work. In the event of sudden malfunctions of the network system, you will not be able to access the cloud services.
Problems with data centers
A data center malfunction can happen, just as natural disasters can happen (think of the fires of the OVH host servers).
Although they are rare phenomena, this should be taken into consideration. However, thanks to backups, everything will be restored in no time in an emergency.
Well, yes, as already mentioned above, there is no such thing as 100% security when we talk about IT. Especially in recent years, we have seen an increase in hacker attacks, mainly caused by people’s negligence.
However, suppose we use the tools with awareness, without downloading strange files, and above all, without entering personal data on sites that are useless to our business. In that case, the risks are reduced to a minimum. We talked about it in a dedicated article.
Higher costs in the long run
While we have significant savings on initial investments, it is likely that in the long run, a subscription can cost more than having a proprietary data center. However, unless you have a large company, the costs will still be low, and you won’t have to resort to extra expenses.
To calculate your business well and estimate the future to get an idea of future expenses.