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Cloud or desktop? Pros and cons…

Nowadays  there are many data analysis software on the market. We can group them by many-many viewpoints, but in this article we will focus on their operation method. If you want  to use a data analytic software and looking for a good one, your first question will be the following:

Which kind of analytic software  is better for me? Cloud based or desktop? We will try to find the answer to the previous questions.

Desktop analytic tools

Desktop softwares has been with us since the born of the personal computers. Lets talk about their pros and cons:


Local, portable
Desktop programs can easily operate without internet connection, so they are depend only from the local infrastructure. So from this viewpoint the desktop softwares are reliable and stable.

Your data stored on the local computer, so if it has the appropiate security against the unauthorized access, you can feel yourself in safe.

You cannot access to your results files or reports from anywhere because it is stored locally. Version control is also uncomfortable.

Desktop programs reserve much more resources from your computer (storage, memory, computing unit), so it needs fast, powerful and up to date computers which are not always cheap. The average cost of ownership for PC generally exceeds $3,000 per year.

In the case of desktop softwares need somebody who can install and maintain the application, these are money and time-consuming processes.

Cloud analytics tools

Cloud technology is the future everywhere.
First of all the biggest benefit of cloud environment that you can access it from anywhere and anytime if internet connection is available.

Easy sharing
You can share your reports or files or etc. in the cloud, which results easy collaboration with your jobmates.

Reduce your costs
This is the other really important advantage of the cloud technology. You do not have to buy powerful workstations because all the meaningful work, computing terminated in the cloud. You do not have to pay for installation or maintenance because it is a core service. Monthly subscription is also available for cloud tools, and this method is rather affordable than desktop licenses.

Cloud service providers works with the most up-to-date infrastructure and backup solutions, so data loss is almost impossible.

Environmentally friendly

At least the cloud is more efficient than the typical IT infrastructure and it takes fewer resources to compute and saving energy.

Internet connection
If you haven’t got internet connection, you can not access to your data.

Of course the cloudservice providers keeps your data in safe, but the dataflow over the internet can be frightening for some people.


If you read the upper points of this document you can notice the following fact: Cloud analytics has more advantages than disadvantages and it has much bigger potential. Internet based services and things get significant influence on our daily life and this process still in progress. Cloud based tools reduces your costs, and helps to make your company more efficient. 

Both environment has its pros and cons, and your individual requirements can determine which one is better for you.

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