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Cloud computing presents the modern business with a striking variety of benefits. However, you shouldn’t enter the cloud with rose-tinted glasses, especially when your business will be at stake; while all cloud applications are safe, some cloud computing services offer potential pitfalls that should certainly be avoided.

If you have a large amount of data, you may need to consider building your own data centers with the assistance of professionals such as Walt Coulston. Data centers are likely to be more secure than cloud computing, as businesses can control security measures, such as encryption and authentication protocols. Also, data centers tend to have lower latency than cloud computing, as data doesn’t need to be transmitted over the internet. On the other hand, if you have a limited budget, cloud computing can be a cheaper choice.

Before opting for cloud services, here are four things you may need to look at.

Here are just four warning signs to be on your guard for.

  1. Lack of Flexibility

Flexibility is a big part of what makes cloud computing so popular. With the ability to scale your needs up and down, access files from anywhere, and generally enjoy a level of freedom that would have seemed inconceivable just a decade or so ago; this kind of flexibility is perfect for businesses. However, you should make sure all applications and platforms will let you scale easily without hassle or excessive fees. Additionally, make sure you aren’t locked into using proprietary software or hardware – this will make switching to another cloud provider expensive, time-consuming, or downright impossible.

  1. Poor Customer Service

Early cloud computing services tended to suffer from poor customer service, but great strides have been taken since then. That is, most services have. Some vendors still lack a good support system, and that can be a real thorn in your side if you ever require assistance. Look for affordable support packages, and make sure you check online reviews to see what current users have to say.

  1. Transfer Limits

Transferring data to the cloud is almost always completely free. Unfortunately, the same is not often true when you are downloading data from the cloud. You’ll usually be given a basic monthly allowance, so make sure you check the small print if you plan on regularly downloading large amounts of data. Pay close attention to the fees charged if you go over your transfer limits. They can add up fast.

  1. Expensive Upgrades

When you first start using a platform, you’ll probably look at the pricing plan that suits you and then go from there. However, you should also look at the next couple of price plans and take a look at what you get for your money. It’s not rare for prices to rise very steeply after you graduate from a lower plan. Even if another service costs more at first, it might be more cost-effective in the long run.

Andy McGowan
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