Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing


More and more businesses are finding ways to streamline business operations through cloud computing. As a result, these businesses are moving their business functions from on-site servers to the Web.

Cloud computing is the use of internet-based services to support business processes. Before making the decision to move your business in to ‘the cloud‘, make sure you weigh the pros and cons of cloud computing.

Types of Cloud Computing

When trying to narrow in on the pros and cons of cloud computing, it’s likely to be more beneficial to first discuss the various types of cloud computing. In most cases, cloud computing can be broken down into three distinct categories.

Infrastructure-as-a-service – rather than purchasing servers, software, data center space and network equipment, the vendor provides these services and bills the client based on the amount of resources consumed.

Platform-as-a-service – the vendor provides and manages the operating system, database, and everything else needed to run certain platforms.

Software-as-a-service – instead of businesses purchasing a software license, vendors run the software application for you. The software is continually updated behind the scenes.

Pros and cons of cloud computing: The Pros

Cost reduction - Cloud computing reduces paperwork, lowers transaction costs, and minimizes the invest in hardware (and the resources to manage it). Moving your business to ‘the cloud’ also reduces the need for an IT staff.

It’s scalable - Like electricity and water, some cloud computing services allow businesses to only pay for what they use. And as your business grows, you can accommodate by adding more server space.

Levels the playing field - Cloud computing providers offers small and mid-size businesses access to more sophisticated technology at lower prices. Sharing IT resources with other companies reduces the cost of licensing software and buying servers.

Easier collaboration - Since services in the cloud can be accessed anytime from any computer, it’s easy to collaborate with employees in distant locations.

Pros and cons of cloud computing: The Cons

Availability - Will your cloud service go down unexpectedly, leaving you without important information for hours or more?

Data mobility and ownership - Once you decide to stop the cloud service, can you get all your data back? How can you be certain that the service provider will destroy your data once you’ve canceled the service?

Privacy - How much data are cloud companies collecting and how might that information be used?


It’s important that business owners do their homework before making the decision to move into ‘the cloud’.  Do the research, weigh the pros and cons of cloud computing and decide what the best solution is for your business.

If you decide that your business should be in the cloud, be sure to take the time to layout your transition plan and determine how you will make progress. At the end of the day, moving to the cloud is a big decision that should not be taken lightly.

How do the pros and cons of cloud computing relate to your business?

  • Roy

    Other important factors to remember are:
    1.) All of your companies most sensitive data is on a server, that may contain   top hacking targets data. So when the hackers go after the top targets….well your data becomes collateral damage.

    2.)Due to the unconstitutional “Patriot Act” just as was discussed July of 2011, with Microsoft handing over the E.U. data to the NSA, the same could be done with your data.

    When dealing with the major corporations, the “Cloud Computing” concept and especially the US government; be wary of what “The Wizard” said, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”!

    There is always more to the story than what meets the eye.


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  • Michelle Lee

    Great post! Here’s another post that talks about the top benefits of utilizing cloud computing in general, and a cloud database in particular


      Thanks Michelle. Thanks for the cloud database article as well.

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  • Ganesh

    Thanks for the consolidated listing. I was trying to get something like this for an analysis. Found a lot of documentation, but this is one of a few head to head pros to cons listing.
    Keep up the good work.


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  • Stephen Lewis

    You should also list cost as a Con – remember you are leasing space on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis (IaaS) which in the long run works out more expensive than direct hardware purchase, and if you use SaaS, again the costs will soar.

    • Kristi Holland

      Good point Stephen.

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    • Roy

      Stephen another excellent point. I know they justify the costs by giving you a low entry point and a low monthly fee, but that price continues forever. Not only does it continue forever, but it will go up, just like bread, milk and gas has in the last few years. The tech authors and bean counters try selling us that the equipment will be replaced in 2 to 3 years, but that is only if you are the government or one of the top Fortune 500 companies.

      A young friend of mine said that he has repurposed a computer I taught him how to build some 13 years ago. Now he is a network admin for a small company, and he uses that system as a network monitor server, running a frugal install of Linux. You do not have to throw away old equipment, just think outside the box

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