Is Cloud Computing the Future? Computers vs Cloud Computing

When it comes to the future of computing, there is no doubt that cloud computing will play a major role. But what exactly does this mean for traditional computers? Does cloud computing spell the end for desktop and laptop PCs? 

Not necessarily! While cloud computing offers many advantages, such as scalability and cost savings, traditional computers still have their place in the professional world. They can provide an ideal platform for running certain specialized software applications or performing complex calculations that don’t require access to large amounts of data stored remotely. Plus, they offer better performance when working with sensitive information like financial records or healthcare documents due to increased security measures on local machines versus those hosted in a public cloud environment. 

So while it’s true that Cloud Computing has become increasingly popular over recent years—and looks set to be even more so in 2020—traditional PCs are here to stay too! It just depends on your individual needs as a professional user which type of computer best suits you – but rest assured both options are viable solutions moving forward into the digital age!

Traditional PCs:

  • Data is stored on your private hard drive.
  • Software available depends on which operating system and type of computer you’re using such as a Windows PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
  • The speed of accessibility depends on your computer’s hardware capabilities. 
  • Need to install and update software that fits your needs.
  • Require computer maintenance by using anti-virus, cleanup tools, and anti-malware applications.
  • Manually backup data, burn CDs, use thumb drives, or external hard drives.

Cloud Computing:

  • Access to your data no matter where you are and what device you are using.
  • No need to do maintenance of updating and scanning anti-virus, cleanup tools, or anti-malware applications.
  • No need to worry about manually backing up data. Most cloud computing services do this for you. 
  • There is a risk of being hacked and all your data being released to the black market. 
  • Governments can request warrants and gain access to your data on cloud servers, most of the time without you knowing.
  • Pay a monthly subscription fee to handle whatever cloud services you need.
  • Depending on how much user traffic you get, server usage could become pricey.