Cloud computing is something that is nowadays the norm for most services we use. Large tech companies like Microsoft, Google and others have shifted to providing all their services in the cloud. Most users do not question these companies because you either use their service in the cloud or you find an alternative. However when you are not Microsoft or Google, explaining clients the benefits of having their system in the cloud can be a daunting task. We compiled an article listing what we believe are the pros and cons of having your systems in the cloud.

Pros in the Cloud

Focus on your business operations

When having a system installed on premises, one thing that most users forget is that the server needs to be maintained. Running costs to make sure that everything is being backed up, hardware maintenance and upkeep of your hosting environment, is a cost that some users do not factor in. The examples mentioned above are just the start of what goes into providing an excellent hosting environment for a system. Most users do not have the proficiency to do the above mentioned tasks, apart from the fact that most probably hosting is not their line of work.
 
Having systems in the cloud will make sure that all the hosting related tasks are handled by the hosting provider. Most probably, not even the company selling you the software will handle these tasks (which is also a good thing). The hosting provider (data centre) will provide your software supplier with environment and daily tasks to make sure that systems keep running without any issues.
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Cost Efficient

Having systems in the cloud is a very cost efficient way to maintain, use and upgrade systems. Keep in mind, that if you have software tailor-made for your company, the software company, would need to make sure that employees are trained to maintain and support your system. When you use a system in the cloud, the cost is divided between all clients, since upgrades and maintenance is done once for all clients.
 
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Most systems in the cloud are based on monthly / annual payments which is a very good alternative to a one-time fee when a system is done specifically for your use and installed on premises. Upgrades are provided either as part of the package or can be bought as add-ons to the basic system. Additionally, the cost of such add-ons are always close to none.

Quick Deployment

The beauty of systems in the cloud is the fact that one can have an system setup in couple of hours (sometimes even minutes). One example is setting up your company’s email on premises or using office 365. One entails having a mail server; someone who understands how to operate and set-up the mail service. The other option is a couple of steps that can be done easily by someone who has basic knowledge of emails.
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Cons of in the Cloud

Connectivity Issues

Cloud systems require connectivity at all times, meaning that if your Internet connection is not reliable, you might find problems in using a system that is hosting in the cloud. This might seem like an obvious point but some users might not realize this immediately and do not invest in having a decent Internet connection. Moreover, a system like POS while can be provided in the cloud, would need to keep on working if the Internet connection is down. Since an establishment such as an outlet cannot stop selling, if there is no connectivity.
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Security and Attacks

We all know that any system available on the Web is prone to attacks, cloud systems included. Having a system that is hosted in the cloud will be prone to attacks and security threats. However most hosting providers take a pro-active approach in making sure that they block these threats as much as possible. Moreover, companies that provide systems in the cloud are more likely to invest in security than in companies that install the system on premises only. However, nothing is safe from these attacks and this is a reality that unfortunately all cloud providers have to face on a daily basis.
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The move to cloud computing is inevitable since the move creates a sustainable environment both for the client and supplier. In certain countries, this concept might take longer to be adopted as not everyone yet understands that the companies’ data will be online and not safe on a server at their premises. However, the cloud will provide you with a system that has been tried and tested; running on hosted environments with employees that are available to monitor the systems and make sure that your system keep running without the need of paying large sums of money.