The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing: Part 2

Here is Part Two of our Four Part informational series on cloud computing.

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THE PROS AND CONS OF CLOUD COMPUTING: PART 2

SCALABILITY
Within a data center there are limits imposed by infrastructure, facility size, power, bandwidth, staff, equipment age, software, etc. These limitations may require additional investment in order to carry out strategic objectives or may limit a range of responses or decision options. The cloud represents an elastic response to these limitations. Additional  capacity is available on short notice, without significant investment in infrastructure.

BUSINESS CONTINUITY INFRASTRUCTURE
Depending on the hosting environment it is very likely that the data center hosting the applications has made significant investment in disaster recovery and business continuity technology. This may include redundant power supplies including generators for longer term power outages, redundant bandwidth infrastructure to facilitate connectivity, and onsite and offsite backup processes to facilitate recovery from server or file damage. It was interesting to see a recent Google loss of millions of e-mails that was successfully restored using offsite backup tapes still maintained by Google as an additional safeguard against data loss.

INTEGRATION
Sometimes adding new software functionality can be a daunting task, since there may be interoperability issues between various software systems. Hosted applications on the cloud can integrate with other hosted applications. Instead of isolated projects that may require significant investment or upgrades to interconnect, cloud-based applications do not exist in isolation. They are already interconnected at a minimal level and facilitate direct integration without the same level of difficulty.

These are all important considerations for cloud adoption of records management, along with other business applications. Hosting means that the business can function better by focusing on their core areas that deliver values to customers. Of course, there are problems associated with cloud computing – some of them very serious.

This series is courtesy of PRISM (Professional Records & Information Services Management).

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