If you’re a business operating in the current landscape, you’ve probably heard the term “the cloud,” but what does it mean?
Cloud computing, also known as “the Cloud,” is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, like applications, data storage, software, and servers.
These resources are stored on Cloud servers that are housed in data centers all over the world that are accessed via the internet.
Benefits of Using Cloud Computing
The Cloud has revolutionized the way businesses operate and work. Here is a brief overview of some of the benefits Cloud computing holds for businesses:
Businesses are ever-changing entities with shifting needs. Cloud computing allows a business to utilize practically unlimited bandwidth and storage without purchasing more equipment.
This allows the business to shrink and grow without worrying about the business’s infrastructure.
Using the Cloud creates easy access to documents, files, and applications across an entire organization, regardless of the company’s team members’ physical location. This makes for seamless transitions for team members working across multiple devices (whether at home, on the road, in the office, or all the above) and easy real-time collaboration for companies with fully remote or hybrid workforces.
While cloud storage security certainly isn’t bulletproof, the most significant benefit of using the Cloud is cybersecurity. The way data is stored on the Cloud is different than it would be on an onsite server or offsite server farm. That difference makes it more difficult for an attacker to gain access to enough information to make it worth their while.
Risks and Vulnerabilities of Cloud Computing
Though Cloud computing holds many benefits for businesses, there are still several risks involved. Here are a few of the threats and vulnerabilities businesses faces when using Cloud computing.
When computer systems aren’t managed in-house, a business will automatically have less control, access, and visibility over operations. If something goes awry, it’s more challenging to spot an issue and fix it.
Less Data Mobility
If a company decides to terminate the use of the Cloud, retrieving and migrating that data to another source will be challenging.
Requires Strong Connections
Accessing files on the Cloud requires a strong internet connection. If a user is trying to connect to a server or application using a low-quality connection, things won’t work correctly, and it will be difficult or impossible to access.
Moving to the Cloud
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