Every year certain products become obsolete while others increase in popularity. Right now, Cloud platforms as well as SaaS (Software as a Service) are fast tracked to becoming mainstream alternatives to local server storage and workstations. The cost of rolling these systems out may outweigh the benefits for your small business, so several factors need to be taken into consideration prior to deploying any singular strategy.
There are different kinds of cloud infrastructures. They are usually either ‘on premise’ which entails storing all hardware and data at a single center wherever the business is operating from. You can also outsource via Cloud Service Provider (CSP) for a price.
Some people may prefer to keep all data ‘close’ to them as it is easier to access at no extra cost. Moreover it may simplify things to have a server manager to take care of hardware failure. With a CSP it becomes their responsibility to address any malfunctions. While this takes responsibility off the shoulders of the business, it may be frustrating to rely on a third party to solve problems as they arise, especially if it results in serious service disruption.
There is generally more flexibility by using the cloud. An employee can access such services seamlessly across devices and networks than have to be local to be able to work. It also greatly enhances ability to collaborate. Security might be a concern, as it’s easier to take a server offline in the instance of getting compromised. A large scale hack might be more difficult to pull off when dealing with a CSP but that’s also a more attractive target for hackers to deploy backdoors and other viruses.
All in all these are just a few aspects of using a CSP instead of on site cloud storage. You will need to make the most appropriate decision on the basis of your company’s needs. Nonetheless, the cloud is transforming how business is conducted and naturally if your business wishes to compete against others, you will need to learn how to adapt.