Cloud computing: the advantages and disadvantages July 11, 2017

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A great confusion surrounds the very concept of “cloud computing”. Several definitions and attempts at definitions exist today. For some, cloud computing refers to the totality of hosting services, while for others it is a question of providing a remote infrastructure. Some even define cloud computing as a ” federation of on-demand application services“. Interesting fact ; Although cloud computing is still a concept to be defined with precision, we are already talking about “cloud 2″, which is supposed to be the new generation (social and mobile) of the cloud.

In any case, one thing is certain; Cloud computing does not represent an offer as such, but rather an abstract notion. Or, as professionals like to conceive, a ” further dimension of outsourcing “.

CLOUD COMPUTING: DEFINITION

Cloud computing is a concept that represents access to information and services, located on a remote server . To make it simpler, it is a form of outsourcing of the servers and related services of a given company.

Indeed, it is generally customary for a company to use its own infrastructure, intended for hosting its services. It therefore had to go through the traditional process of acquiring servers (becoming the property of the company), and that it take in charge the development and the maintenance of the systems essential to keep the servers running.

In this context, cloud computing is a solution that provides a remote architecture that is managed by a third party. The provider of this architecture therefore ensures the operation and the maintenance of the services which are accessible through a web browser.

In summary, it is a question of placing its data in the clouds, at a location unknown to the client concerned who will only care about the application part of this data, delegating the rest to its provider.

A concept. Several denominations.

The term Cloud Computing comes from the English language, but several equivalents exist in the language of Molière. Thus, professionals will evoke for example virtual computing, cloud computing / cloud computing, or even cloud computing.

CLOUD COMPUTING: A RELEVANT DECISION?

Only you are able to answer this question, insofar as this solution answers a need that only the entrepreneur is able to determine the need.

This being said, in most cases, the implementation of cloud computing proves to be a wise decision . The concept allows to save loads which are generally quite considerable. Cloud computing is also one of the best forms of outsourcing of skills that are parallel to the trade. Since the supplier generally benefits from economies of scale, he is in a position to offer the same service for a particularly advantageous price. The supplier also has the means, in this case, to guarantee the development and maintenance of its service.

So, ultimately, cloud computing will maximize your efficiency and performance , increasing your productivity and reducing your costs.

It should not be forgotten that going through the provider of a cloud computing solution automatically involves questions of security and confidentiality of the data. To be monitored closely.

Back in detail, on the benefits and limitations of cloud computing.

ADVANTAGES OF CLOUD COMPUTING (CC)

Cloud computing is generally associated with a multitude of benefits that create unanimity among the company’s professionals. Note, however, that these advantages remain theoretical, given the very nature of the concept.

1. The ability to deploy and make major applications and work environments available immediately. The application updates are systematic, and the supplier releases its customer from any maintenance responsibility. An unbeatable simplicity therefore, which saves you in addition the expensive developments

2. Data can be shared, since any user of cloud computing can easily make his data available to one or more other CC users. It is therefore possible to create a virtual collaborative platform in record time.

3. A particularly powerful calculation, which is probably the shocking argument in favor of this type of solution. It is necessary to bear in mind that the structures limited to this level (computing power) can here afford a relocation of their processing, and thus benefit from all the resources and performances made available to them by the server of cloud computing. Although it concerns only a small number of companies, this advantage remains one of the most important of the CC.

4. Open and open access to the customer, who can establish a connection from anywhere and have access to his data immediately, without going through the installation of a virtual private network (VPN) in the company.

5. Constant monitoring of the development of your cloud computing space. You are usually informed in real time of the evolution of your cloud computing platform, since the installation of a software is not necessary and that access is made via a simple web browser

6. Total freedom, since you are not bound to your supplier by any long-term commitment. Cloud computing services are either billed on demand or by monthly subscription. You are therefore free to terminate this service at any time, if you do not need it, or if you simply wish to change the provider.

7. Cost: Because the same service is offered to many users, its cost is considerably reduced.

DISADVANTAGES OF CLOUD COMPUTING

The controversial issue of privacy and security of your data remains the major limitation of this solution. The hosting of your data is done outside the company, in a basic service made available to you by your supplier. The risk of your data ending up in a theft or misuse situation thus remains a possibility.

Your role at this level is to ensure that your provider offers sufficiently comprehensive security and that it provides you with a privacy policy that encompasses all of your data.

Depending on the supplier chosen, your flexibility may be limited by the nature of the offer. For example, if you want to access certain features of your choice, your provider may be unable to offer them. Check with your supplier, therefore.

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