As with any piece of technology, there are pros and cons to moving information to the cloud.

Here are the ways you are already using the cloud:

There’s a good chance that most of the software applications you use every day are now SaaS applications, or “Software as a service.” In other words, you don’t install them on your server or PC – you simply access them for free or on a “pay-as-you-go” model for only the licenses, space and features you use. In fact, you are probably already experiencing the benefits of cloud computing in some way but haven’t realized it. Below are a number of cloud computing applications you might be using:

  • Gmail, Hotmail or other free e-mail accounts
  • Facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn
  • NetSuite, Salesforce
  • Zoomerang, SurveyMonkey and other survey tools

If you think about it, almost every single application you use today can be (or already is) being put “in the cloud,” where you can access it and pay for it via your browser for a monthly fee or utility pricing. You don’t purchase and install software, but instead access it via an Internet browser.

But what are the Pros and Cons?

As with any technology, there are going to be pros and cons for implementing it into your business network. Here are an example of some advantages and disadvantages to moving to the cloud:

  • Lower costs (generally)
  • Easier to set up new employees
  • Automated disaster recovery and backup

However…

  • No internet? No access
  • Compliance issues
  • Certain line-of-business applications won’t work in the cloud