If your location has multiple computers that need Internet access, then you need to set up a computer network. If your organization has grown to the point where you need to share critical data, information, and resources efficiently and discreetly between multiple computers, then you may need a computer network at your location. This is particularly important if you need to store your organization's critical data in a database that can be accessed by users working at multiple computers.
However, if data speed and security are not a priority, then you may opt for a cloud-based system where your critical data is stored in an offsite data center accessible via the Internet. Although this is often cost effective, one disadvantage with this approach is that if the Internet goes down or becomes slow, your employees' productivity suffers. When you store data on your own internal network, you are immune to such Internet accessibility problems.
The following summarizes the pros and cons of each type of setup:
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