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Economic Benefits and Challenges of Cloud Computing

By Apoorva Kasam - March 13, 2023 6 Mins Read


Cloud computing allows enterprises to store and manage data on remote servers, enabling easy and secure access through internet-enabled devices. Vital attributes of the cloud, like pay-per-use, flexibility, scalability, and reliability, strongly contribute to economic growth.

Organizations have adopted the cloud to enhance efficiency and productivity, saving time and money, and enabling businesses to establish innovative and practical tools, leading to increased revenue and new opportunities for growth and employment.

However, cloud computing has its set of challenges with flourishing economic benefits. Here are a few financial benefits and challenges of cloud computing.

Economic Benefits of Cloud Computing

Since it is scalable and straightforward, cloud computing effectively diminishes capital, maintenance, and administrative costs. Below are a few economic benefits of cloud computing businesses need to know.

  • Drives Businesses Agility, Innovation, and Competition

Cloud computing allows enterprises to deploy applications rapidly and utilize cloud computing services in real time. It helps scale up, helping achieve business agility and significantly decreasing the time to market so businesses can conquer more market share and revenue growth.

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At the same time, cloud computing allows exploring new opportunities simply due to its cost-effective attribute to acquire adequate resources and infrastructure. This increases the chance for IT leaders to pitch better ideas leading to economic growth globally.

  • Cost Efficient

Cost efficiency houses the concept of “economies of scale.” Organizations transitioning from an on-premise model to a public cloud environment can accomplish economies of scale by taking advantage of the maximum efficiency of numerous tenants sharing computing resources.

Additionally, renting the hardware and IT assets can help achieve economies of scale, while CaPex can be prevented upfront using cloud services. Most cloud services employ the cost-efficient pay-per-use model, which boosts the organizations’ economy.

  • Global Approach to IT Infrastructure

Accessible IT infrastructure in cloud computing enables enterprises to access cloud services with a reliable internet connection worldwide easily. This can elevate economic growth in regions where IT infrastructure is void.

It allows businesses to compete with other companies in the neighboring countries effectively. It helps them focus on running the business rather than tracking or monitoring the IT infrastructure.

  • Improves Growth and Employment

The rapidly growing cloud computing industry creates excellent employment opportunities in multiple directions. While skilled professionals rightfully fulfil upcoming cloud skill sets, the company can upskill the existing workforce, training to match the requirements. This results in accelerated income streams and subsequent economic growth.

  • Fast, Secure, and No Fussy Updates

While cloud computing depends on the services delivered via data centres, there is a continuous upgrade for increased speed, performance, and protection. Since the cloud data is not located at a suitable location, it is secure from natural disasters or adverse hardware failures.

At the same time, cloud computing utilizes third parties to handle data storage and security, enabling hassle-free software updates, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

  • No Need for a Disaster Recovery (DR) Site

Cloud service providers (CSPs) offer disaster recovery and business continuity as an integral part of the cloud migration services within the organization. These services are sufficient, and small-scale businesses do not have to invest in a separate DR solution.

However, large-scale industries usually rely on the DR and continuity solutions provided by the CSPs, prioritizing security on a large scale.

  • Drives Innovation

One of the better opportunities the cloud provides is encouraging innovation. The low costs of computing and software applications enable enterprises to initiate product or service developments actively. It also allows businesses to undertake minimal risks to close projects via cloud computing. Enterprises can utilize cloud infrastructure to build and offer their innovative in-house SaaS products.

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Challenges of Cloud Computing

During the pandemic, a sudden spike in cloud usage and deployment has occurred, leading to increased investment in cloud technology. With its apparent dependence, it comes with its fair set of risks and challenges like clichéd cloud computing issues and cloud security challenges. Below are a few challenges of cloud computing.

  • Choosing the Right Model

For businesses starting with cloud migration, renting an infrastructure (public cloud) is attractive. Enterprises may pay more for the public cloud than a private setup in the long run. This way, businesses consume maximum rental resources over a more extended period.

Therefore, tracking and monitoring the margins is essential to ensure that negative ROI is not generated. However, if businesses are generating negative ROI, it is recommended to adopt a private cloud.

Simultaneously, a hybrid model can be chosen if it fulfills the requirements and size of the business.

  • Maintenance, Data Security, and Privacy

CIOs were working on tight IT budgets during uncertain times. However, cloud computing has always remained a top priority for most organizations. With lower revenue growth, enterprises must opt for lower-cost options to resonate with the tight budget, and lower demand for cloud services in the short term will accelerate it over the long term.

At the same time, one of the vital challenges of working with cloud environments is data security. Incompetent visibility and control tools, inadequate identity access management, and cloud misconfiguration are the significant causes of adverse cloud privacy leaks.

To avoid vulnerabilities, businesses must configure network hardware and install the latest software updates. Simultaneously, using firewalls and increasing bandwidth for Cloud data availability are additional ways to prevent data security risks.

  • Multi-Cloud Environments

Configuration errors, lack of security patches, and granularity are challenging issues with multi-cloud environments. At the same time, tracking the security requirements of multi-clouds and deploying data management policies is difficult.

Therefore, employing a multi-cloud data management solution is a great solution. Multi-cloud environments are highly sophisticated and complex.

Hence, not all tools offer adequate security functionalities. Using open-source platforms can provide a great deal of control over multi-cloud architectures. IT teams are the center of cloud implementation and deployment.

Therefore, organizations need to understand cloud economics to procure better insights into the capital expenditure (CapEx) and operating expense (OpEx) models. These economic benefits of cloud computing aim at the return on investment (ROI), the total cost of ownership (TCO), and migration.

As per a recent report by Fact.MR, “Cloud Computing Market,” the cloud computing market is anticipated to gain US $1,949 billion globally by 2032 at a CAGR of 15% from 2022 to 2032.

With growing statistics in the coming years, it is crucial to understand that the cloud is about achieving adequate business growth through an optimized model rather than just reducing costs. Furthermore, addressing the challenges with effective mitigation strategies can substantially help an organization grow faster and perform better.

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Apoorva Kasam

Apoorva Kasam is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She has done her master’s in Bioinformatics and has 12+ months of experience in clinical and preclinical data management. She is a content-writing enthusiast, and this is her first stint writing articles on business technology. She has covered a wide array of crucial industry insights like Blockchain, strategic planning, data analytics, supply chain management, governance, compliance, and the latest industry trends. Her ideal and digestible writing style displays the current challenges, and relevant mitigation strategies businesses can look forward to. She has a keen interest in the latest enterprise trends like digital transformation, cloud, and enterprise resource planning. She looks for minute details, while her excellent language skills help her deliver a crisp-looking, niche-specific message through her articles. She is looking forward to exploring her writing styles and portraying her thoughts that can help enhance organizational effectiveness, business performance, and sustainability. Apart from writing, she enjoys spending time with her pet and reading oncology publications.

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