Cloud computing has been getting more attention in recent years, but the concept is really not anything new. It is basically data being stored over the internet rather than physically on a computer or server. Think about your Gmail account or YouTube. This type of data storage offers numerous advantages, and more and more businesses are moving to the cloud. Here are just a few of the benefits your business may reap from doing the same.
Keeping your data secure is a top priority, and cloud computing security is usually leaps and bounds from what you can provide on your own—the average business faces constraints such as lack of money and know-how. Information stored on the cloud has layers upon layers of protection that would be difficult for an individual operation to replicate.
Cloud computing offers maximum flexibility. You can scale up or down as needed. Perhaps you have a special project going on that requires more bandwidth than usual for example—you can easily increase it when the need arises, and reduce when it is no longer necessary. Doing this in-house would not be as simple and instant.
Being able to get the resources you need immediately when you need them can significantly short the length of time it takes to complete projects. This can save you money, make customers happy, and likely give you an edge over your competition.
When you work with the cloud, your business no longer has the responsibility of devising a recovery plan. Most issues are taken care of by the provider, and they can fix these problems more efficiently and quickly. While it might take you a whole business day to recover data, a cloud provider may be able to get you back up and running in a couple of hours, or even less.
Because any data on the cloud can be accessed from anywhere, it offers opportunities for increased collaboration among employees. No matter where they are, they can simply sync up, share documents and applications and access updates to myriad projects and records in real time.
Cloud computing can save your company a significant amount of money. Because cloud costs are typically pay as you go, there is no need to front a large amount of capital to secure the various services, which allows you to get a jump on projects without waiting to get the money together. Only paying for what you need when you need it means you aren’t spending money unnecessarily. There are no long-term financial commitments. You can save money you may have been spending on third party consulting, servicing and staff.
These certainly are not the only benefits, but definitely some of the most important. If you do decide to move to the cloud, choose your provider carefully. Make sure the company has experience working with your specific industry—when getting references, speak with businesses similar to yours to most accurately assess whether a provider is the right fit.