“Cloud computing includes technologies and business models to dynamically provide IT resources and bill their use using them using flexible payment models. Instead of operating IT resources, such as servers or applications, in company-owned data centers, they are available on demand and flexibly in the form of a service-based business model over the Internet or an intranet.” (Source Gabler Lexicon).

Cloud computing seems to offer endless possibilities as a trend term, but it also offers numerous risks and disadvantages, which are to be addressed in this article. In the end, I will also show a further article on the opportunities of cloud computing.

Work speed depends on the Internet

Of course, if you work in the cloud, you’re working online. Working online inevitably means that you need a fast Internet connection. Even though our government is negotiating broadband expansion, many rural areas do not yet have suitable infrastructure for the cloud, and even during the train journey, many notice that sometimes it is not even possible to make a continuous telephone call.

Privacy

Another point, of course, is data protection. Since there are no uniform standards for the cloud, it cannot be assumed that it is completely secure. Hackers can read, manipulate, or otherwise use sensitive data to harm businesses. It is therefore necessary to evaluate precisely whether the provider can offer sufficient security. This point is also discussed in all sources as one of the biggest drawbacks of cloud computing.

Dependence on the cloud provider

You need to find a suitable IT service provider for your cloud. The cloud thus has another disadvantage: dependence on a service provider. The portal AstMasterssays: “When renting services of all kinds, there is basically a dependency. Once you have rented the services and the provider will eventually raise prices, moving to a new provider will cost a lot of time and money: there are no uniform standards for cloud computing, and your own IT is set up to the standards of the now more expensive provider.”

Loss of knowledge

Another disadvantage of dependence is the loss of knowledge. Because if you don’t do something yourself, you don’t learn anything from it. Surely you know the saying that you don’t learn to drive as a passenger. As the portal AStMasterssays: “They do not need IT knowledge in their own company. If the provider’s services fail, you either have no or not enough staff to compensate for this. If you already have your own IT department, your employees may not be very motivated to accompany the transition, where implementation problems can occur.”

Conclusion

It turns out that behind Cloud, in addition to the big topic of data protection, there are of course also a lot of other risks. A special point is the loss of knowledge and loss of control due to dependence on the cloud provider. This should therefore be given special consideration in the selection process and measures should be taken proactively against it. One possible solution may be the careful selection of a suitable cloud provider.

Tip: Book suggestions on cloud computing

Of course, as always, not everything is bad and cloud computing also brings many advantages. There will soon be a follow-up article, which will be linked here in the blog. In the illustration, you’ll see a preview of the benefits and a summary of the drawbacks of cloud computing.

Tip: Benefits of Cloud Computing (from 29.01.2018)

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Benefits and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing
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