The delivery of computing services — on-demand and over the Internet — known as cloud computing, is widely considered one of the most revolutionary technological innovations of the digital age. Cloud computing offers an alternative to owning data centers or computing infrastructures, like on-premise servers, empowering companies to access Internet-based applications, data storage, etc. Often implemented for its cost-saving and convenience benefits, cloud computing is associated with several disadvantages, from technical problems and security vulnerabilities to compliance and data mobility issues. Furthermore, the cloud is not an ideal option for certain performance-intensive applications and specific types of software. And so, cloud computing is an imperfect solution with its fair share of drawbacks.

What is Cloud Computing?

An amalgamation of the application of computer technology and network-based development, cloud computing “is where information is permanently stored on a server on the internet and stored temporarily on a user [or client]’s computer.” Thus, this computational method allows for IT capabilities to be packaged and introduced as a service that users can easily and seamlessly access over the Internet without any expertise or prior knowledge of the technology’s infrastructure. Furthermore, cloud computing certainly offers businesses several advantages, such as reducing investment costs for public infrastructure, supporting an increase in productivity through the swift development and execution of applications, and opening new markets for IT development services. Moreover, most modern cloud computing services supply advanced features like natural language processing, networking, and even artificial intelligence. Nevertheless, cloud computing undoubtedly comes with numerous drawbacks. 

Security Vulnerabilities

The best and most well-equipped organizations in the world have suffered from security breaches from time to time, which remains a cause for concern in the cloud. By presenting numerous unique security challenges, cloud computing enables companies to access data stored with a third-party provider — online. Thus, by utilizing a cloud computing system, the security and confidentiality of sensitive, valuable company data become entirely entrusted to cloud computing providers and potentially subjected to a vast array of vulnerabilities. As a result, organizations are left with limited control and visibility.

Storing data in the cloud can also give rise to issues of data security and data privacy. Since cloud computing is Internet-based, there is great potential for data exposure because it is based online. And so, cloud computing presents optimal opportunities for hackers to attack data, applications, and activities stored within the cloud.

Vendor Lock-in

Many of the applications supplied by popular cloud providers have proven themselves relatively inflexible. As a result of applications and data formats that are difficult to transfer or convert into other systems, it is not uncommon for customers to become locked-into working with certain vendors for the long haul. The process of migrating from one platform to another can be incredibly burdensome. Through the use of proprietary software and hardware that make it arduous for customers to change vendors and abandon their platform, some cloud providers purposefully aim to lock-in organizations.

Companies that want to make the switch to cloud computing are highly encouraged to closely review cloud vendor contracts, ensuring that the providers’ offerings are in-line with current standards. Moreover, such agreements should stipulate that the enterprise utilizing the cloud services will retain ownership of their valuable data. Also, the flexibility to expand or scale down data storage and cloud users is critical. Ideal cloud computing solutions will allow for affordable and straightforward customization in conjunction with the ebbs and flows that a given business may undergo.

Dependence on Internet Connection

Cloud computing is strictly reliant on the dependability of an organization’s Internet connection. Unfortunately, when a company’s network is offline, employees cannot access anything stored or that operates via cloud computing. Those who suffer from frequent outages or slow Internet speeds may find cloud computing less than an ideal solution. It is crucial to consider “how dependent your business would be on cloud reliability — even the most reliable cloud computing service providers suffer server outages now and again.” To successfully implement and benefit from the advantages offered by cloud computing, organizations should be confident in the reliability and consistency of their Internet services — the best of which will provide customers with a strong, fast connection and robust bandwidth.

Costly to Customize

Cloud computing solutions are often associated with hefty monetary savings, but many offerings appear to be much less costly at first sight than they ultimately are. Although many cloud applications do not necessitate sizeable economic investments for infrastructure, and/or licenses, they also may lack elements and software to meet a business’s needs. Plus, customized cloud-based software through adding on features can be a costly endeavor. Numerous companies utilize custom software developed in-house. For such companies, transferring that software to a cloud solution may require pricey re-writes. To fully take advantage of the cost benefits that cloud vendors can provide, organizations must thoroughly review pricing plans and detailed feature breakdowns, factoring in any potential future growth.

Overcome these Drawbacks with SpeelYaal

Focusing on delivering a best-in-class experience to customers, SpeelYaal’s first modern enterprise computing solution — Thaalam — simplifies and improves the multi-cloud approach. Offering seamlessly controllable hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud functionalities, Thaalam enables enterprises to be independent and manage costs. Moreover, in meeting global and regional demands, Thaalam goes beyond monopoly providers, which can become costly and vendor-locking as time goes on. Furthermore, working to minimize the overhead costs and administrative efforts necessitated by making the transition to modern technological innovations, Thaalam provides application and open-source tool deployment in just a few clicks.

Through integrating an organization’s cloud experience with multiple cloud providers, Thaalam also allows businesses to control cost on the cloud and manage existing IT infrastructure as cloud. Plus, Thaalam supplies customers with a visual experience for the intuitive deployment, management, monitoring of all services, applications, infrastructure, etc. By leveraging the features offered by Thaalam, businesses can better track cloud infrastructure — creating, updating, monitoring, and managing multiple cloud vendor resources from a single source. Moreover, with collaborative Horizontal SaaS offerings, Speelyaal provides more visibility and proactive monitoring. All in all, Speelyaal’s multi-product approach aims to address the obstacles presented by modern technology trends, bridge the gap between legacy and new applications, steer clear of vendor lock-in, and maintain independence and cost control.