Migrating to the Cloud – Pros and Cons
For businesses which have not yet decided whether to move some or all of their computer operations to the cloud, a post by Sam Martin on the Cyber Security Intelligence website (https://www.cybersecurityintelligence.com/blog/business-migration-to-the-cloud–4521.html) lists the advantages and risks.
- Cuts cost by not needing expensive infrastructure investment.
- Flexibility when more space is needed.
- Applications are automatically updated without need for staff input.
- Improved storage at lower cost.
- Accessibility around the clock, so staff can work remotely.
- More vulnerability to cyber attack or malware. If a third party debugs the system data transparency can be lost.
- Some highly sensitive data cannot be stored on the cloud because of compliance regulations.
- Legacy systems may have compatibility issues.
- Data loss because of power outages, system malfunctions or human error.
- Vendors may lock in data by contract.
To make the best use of the cloud and minimize risks, businesses need a plan.
- Identify needs and key performance indicators.
- Assess applications for compatibility and make adjustments if needed before signing a contract.
- Draw up a plan to insure continuity and data integrity during the transition.
- Choose the best provider based on their expertise and level of support.