Cloud Computing Vs. Traditional Computing


Cost Efficiency

Traditional computing directly relates to traditional IT infrastructure, which will involve computing devices with processors and cache memory, and data storage integrated into the devices, portable or located at a different location, functionality, and data provider resources named “servers,” etc. The hardware cost is comparatively much larger to cloud-based computing services, as all functions of data processing, image or video processing, functions, laying out paths in the information highway are all done locally, and every capacity that is today vested with cloud had to be made available on the machines or at the local sites.


Cloud-based hardware costs will include the cost of installing and improvising switches, hubs, routers, servers, data storage, processors, which will be managed by the service providers. The end-users will gain access to their data through web browser-based platforms or software applications, and they need only to have devices with sufficient capacity to support these platforms.




Upgrading and upscaling the capacity and functionality of such systems too had to be taken care of by the users. These may be individuals or corporations. Software updates, IT, and cybersecurity too were frequent concerns of the localities who have these systems installed to use.


Cloud-based applications are made for their own infrastructure with automation. The upgrading and upscaling are usually managed before the deployment of the application. Automation is a key difference between the two versions.


Traditional architecture relates applications with three tiers: database tier, presentation tier, and the application logic tier Cloud-based applications will work on the interface and system automation.




Traditional applications have a static infrastructure - data has to be scaled manually.


Cloud-based applications will process data with automation, and the end-user only needs to input the requirements using keywords.


Operating System Dependency


Traditional Applications will 100% depend on the functionalities, capabilities, and sophistication levels of the operating systems they are deployed in. Since, in turn, the Operating system will depend on the hardware of the device it is running on, the traditional computing applications, too, will have a heavy dependence on the nature of their machines.


Cloud-based applications will have minimum dependence on the operating systems while having omnipresence as a key feature in the technology.




One of the key features of the two methods of computing is automation.


Traditional computing will have to have in-house care for all machinery and hardware, maintenance, upkeep, with trained professionals at the site.


Cloud computing will ensure that the end-user will be given all these services (maintenance, renewal, care, security ). The end-user will only have to mind about the usage.




Traditional computing will require the end-user to manage security locally. Most applications used will have only one layer of security and one storage device or destination. Anyone who can gain LAN, Network, or Physical access to these devices will make the end-user vulnerable. The solitary security layer will also require constant upgrading because it will become obsolete frequently in the face of threats targeting a small number of hosts.


Cloud computing will have several layers of security for the data and several separate and sometimes independent locations to house the data. This makes them far less vulnerable to attacks, and the multi-layered security will ensure that developing an attack mechanism is extremely difficult.


Availability and elasticity of the service


Traditional computing will have applications that will have the same functions and features for a long time. The updates will be released with long intervals between them.


Traditional applications will also be available only on the respective devices they are installed on. If the device experiences hardware or major software failure, and the end-user is compelled to move to another device, they will not be able to work with the application.


Cloud computing will have applications that will be regularly updated by the hosting companies, in most scenarios free of charge.


The services offered by these applications have much higher elasticity. They can be accessed through multiple devices and will only require signing in credentials and identification to operate the same way from any number of new devices.


Backup and Data Recovery


Backing up the stored data in traditional computing will require data stored locally and the backing up process to be executed manually or programmed manually every time.

Any chance of recovery in lost data will also be depending on the talents and recovery tools used by the end-user or their teams.


In cloud-based computing, automation will take care of the backing up process, with the backup storage supplied by them. Recovery will also be based on the agreement between the service provider and the end-user, as mentioned when such service was obtained.






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