Every company nowadays needs some software to operate, ranging from a public website to an internal shared drive to some 3rd party software for managing finances and customers. Typically this software would run at a server inside of the company but with the rise of cloud software more and more companies allow you to run their software on their servers instead of having to run it yourself.
This is nothing new as most often companies already out-sourced the management of the website to a hosting company that takes care of security, maintenance and availability. Now it is possible to do this for other software as well, but should you? In this blog post I will discuss the advantages, disadvantages and some remarks that must be taken into account when thinking about switching to the cloud.
Cloud is still a hot topic and many companies (among which the one I work for) are making the move to the cloud. Either by making their services available, or using services of others. The advantages of using services in the cloud have been told many times, and the most important one is that there is no up-front cost of infrastructure. Another one is less responsibilities, if the service is running in the cloud it becomes the supplier his responsibility to keep it working, and not yours anymore, this however means you have less control over it. Down-time and upgrade will take place beyond your control.
However companies want to focus on their core business, and not spend too much time and money on keeping tools running. This is an important reason as why companies are offering their services as a cloud service. As said before the customer does not need to buy and maintain costly infrastructure or hire employees to keep them running. The money saved by the customer will be partly spend on the higher cost of the cloud service, which makes sense as the producer now has to bear the cost of the infrastructure. The provider however can server multiple users with the same infrastructure making it more cost-efficient then it was for the customer.
The move to the cloud is a fact, and it’s a good thing. But at the same time there are some concerns when you move to the cloud as a service provider.