Pros and cons of using the cloud

Pros and cons
Pros and cons


• Improved disaster recovery – you can set up your data to back up automatically, making it cheaper and easier to recover data than it would be if your hardware was damaged. In fact, you data is even recoverable if you were to lose a laptop

• Easier collaboration and better flexibility – employees can work anywhere and still access business applications, making it easier to join forces on a project or work remotely

• Environmentally friendly – storing your data in the cloud reduces your energy consumption and carbon footprint, the benefits of which are twofold. Firstly, it can be very cost effective, and secondly it can help project a cleaner, greener image for your company

• Higher data security standards – the standards of your cloud services provider are likely to be higher than your own, as they specialise in keeping data safe. Check to see if they are accredited by the International Standardisation Organisation


• Requires consistent internet connection – in order to access cloud-hosted business applications you will require a stable internet connection. This could be problematic when working remotely

• Can be more expensive over time – while initially it is cheaper to put your data on the cloud compared to an upfront cost of installing your own server, monthly costs can build to make it more expensive in the long run

• You’re trusting a third party with potentially sensitive data – if you have important data or customer information you will no doubt want to know it is safe, but at the end of the day you are handing that information over to a third party or possibly storing it abroad

• Automatic data back-up is not guaranteed – while it is possible to automatically back up data hosted on the cloud, nothing is guaranteed. Ask your provider and always do your homework