Cloud Computing: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Does your company know the story of cloud computing? Is your IT team using the cloud for cybersecurity, protecting against hackers, malware, and ransomware?  

If you don’t understand cloud computing, you are not alone. However, the cloud is part of the technology that’s transforming business for industries in Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, and Eastern Ontario. But, the concept of cloud computing and how it can benefit your company is a good story. So, sit back in your chair while we tell the tale of ”Cloud Computing: The Good, Bad, and Ugly.”

To set the stage for our story, let’s imagine a western setting, with western country theme music, and a lot of cowboys. Now, gather around the campfire, and you’ll hear the tale of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to cloud computing. (And why the right pardner, oops, partner is important for the cloud.)

What is the Cloud?

Cloud computing has a lot to offer businesses and organizations of any size, and mostly what the cloud offers is good, but there is an ugly side that isn’t discussed much. The ugly side is why working with a reliable managed IT service provider is so important. The provider will help you maximize the good characteristics of the cloud, while at the same time, protect against the bad ones. The cloud can offer you:

  • Scalability
  • Collaboration
  • Cost-Efficiency
  • Security
  • Disaster Recovery

What are the Good Characteristics?

One of the biggest benefits to using the cloud is that your employees and clients can work from anywhere, anytime, on any device. And this is the main characteristic that has been promoted since cloud computing became available to businesses. However, another major benefit of cloud computing is that it is a good way to protect sensitive data. In recent years, cybercriminals have increasingly attacked companies and municipalities to steal data and sell it on the Dark Web. However, if your company uses cloud computing, you and your customers have all the enhanced cybersecurity benefits the cloud can offer.

Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud service market will grow from $182.4B in 2018 to $331.2B in 2022, attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6%. Currently almost 19 percent of cloud budgets are spent on cloud-related services, such as cloud consulting, implementation, migration and managed services, and Gartner expects that this rate will increase to 28 percent by 2022.

Ok, That Sounds Good. What are the Bad Characteristics?

Glad you asked. While the cloud can offer enhanced cybersecurity, not all cloud service providers have the experience or strategic planning when it comes to cybersecurity. In the past, security may be overlooked by some MSPs, or added as an after-thought. However, if you’ve been following business and IT news topics, you know that hackers are becoming aggressive and anyone can be targeted. Therefore, you need to partner with the right service provider who will include their strategic plan for your cybersecurity as part of your contract. Safeguarding customer data should always be a top priority.

If that’s the Bad, Then What is the Ugly?

What is the most frustrating part of using the cloud? Poor connectivity, that’s the ugly. If you can’t reach the cloud, you can’t do your work. And that makes all the convenience of the cloud, become very inconvenient. The solution is to encourage your team to include failover internet. That will keep you from dealing with intermittent connections.

How Can I Learn More about Cloud Computing?

Would you like to discuss cloud computing with a responsive IT company in Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, and Eastern Ontario? Fuelled Networks would love to discuss how you can use cloud computing and other managed IT services to secure your data, and operate with the latest technology. Find out how you can highlight the good parts of cloud computing, and protect against the bad and the ugly.

Ernie Sherman

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 3rd November 2019 by Ernie Sherman.