I have using cloud computing for a couple of businesses for nearly two years now. I love the flexibility it gives for the owner of a business to scale up and down at will, and with the right tools the ease of managing infrastructure. As competition increases in this space I expect pricing to be good too, although right now I can’t really complain about our charges.
So are there any downsides ? The biggest problem I have had is getting data uploaded. With broadband speeds in the UK still modest and upload much slower than download in general this has turned into a real problem. Syncing data from a local server to a cloud server is also hard without real file support in the cloud.
This could prove to be just another sort of lock-in, data that is just too big to move to another cloud service.