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What are the downsides to moving to cloud hosting?

When you move to cloud computing, the most notable difference that can be noticed in relation with traditional data center hosting is the entire controls of security, software, hardware, and operating processes is transferred to cloud service provider. It is also difficult to make cloud provider incorporate your requests for customization, since there is a considerable involvement of capital expenditure and the users are paying on the basis of utility based payment methods.

Excessively internet dependant

It is also observed that absence of internet access will result in inaccessibility of your data and your website operations will come to a grinding halt if there is a power outage at cloud provider's facilities. Since cloud computing is entirely based on internet connectivity, there is always a lurking danger of service blackouts. If your business suffering from repeated downtime events then it is better not to adopt cloud computing.

Security and privacy of data

Privacy and security of data is of prime concern if the data being handled is highly sensitive to your business operations. Cloud computing involves outsourcing of the entire services including the data. Privacy of the data is also under threat with the latest issues of leaked customer login credentials and compromised data being the most talked about cloud related issues.

Threat of cyber attacks

One must understand that cloud computing is concerned with everything being accessible from internet. This leaves your business vulnerable to hacking attempts or possibility of damage by unsatisfied employees and so forth.

Cloud costs

Prima facie, cloud computing services may appear to be highly affordable. However if you need to dig deeper by understanding the exact nature of SaaS based applications that may turn out to be costlier than you thought if the application needs customization. Cloud plans can become exceedingly expensive as you move up to the higher levels of services. Many types of desktop software can be used for years together after paying initial fees, but cloud based applications need to be upgraded more often and can add to the costs.

Lack of flexibility

It is also observed that according to the type of services, cloud users face lack of control to varying degrees. This is associated with execution and functions of the hosting environment. Cloud users can have no control on the backend infrastructure of services. One more commonly discussed issue regarding cloud services is that of vendor lock-in. This can be primarily the result of inherent differences between different vendor systems.

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