Cloud computing provides users with instant access to various computer resources, removing the need to manage physical hardware on-site
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Benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing provides users with instant access to various computer resources, removing the need to manage physical hardware on-site. This allows businesses and users to work with more flexibility when accessing data. To put it simply, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. For example, storage applications such as Google Drive, OneDrive and SharePoint are all examples of cloud computing tools. Cloud computing also allows businesses to either upscale or downscale easily and affordably at any given time. It provides extreme long-term cost savings and a greater capacity of storage. So, why not use Cloud computing in your business?
Cloud computing allows users to access data from any location on any device. This is a great way to ensure no one is left behind, especially those working from home.
Additionally, resources can easily be stored and retrieved, allowing users to work on the go as long as they stay connected to the Internet. Plus, all updates and upgrades are done automatically which saves a huge amount of time for the user and company.
2. Unlimited storage capacity
Cloud computing tools have unlimited capacity to store any type of data in various areas. One thing to consider is that generally, the cost of storage increases according to the availability of the data, the performance of the data and how often the data is accessed.
3. Cloud Computing encourages collaboration
Cloud computing systems offer better collaboration across both internal and external teams. Cloud roles and permissions are also available to provide better visibility and monitoring into who accessed or edited a document to avoid confusion. Cloud computing systems encourage transparent collaboration within the team.
4. Data Security
Cloud computing systems offer multiple advanced security features that provide data security. Features like extra permissions and access management allow companies to only allow specific users to access sensitive data.
Cloud storage provides baseline protections for platforms and the data they process. For example, authentication, access control and encryption. Most organisations take this one step further by adding security measures of their own to increase cloud data protection.
5. Disaster Recovery
Cloud computing provides simple, cost-effective disaster recovery solutions by mirroring stored data across different servers.
This allows businesses to access backup servers if their primary storage solution breaks down for any reason.
This is a great advantage of cloud computing as traditional data recovery procedures can cause high expense and the recovery can be extremely time-consuming, affecting the daily operations of the business.
6. Increased performance
Cloud computing brings a sense of agility to the business which has been known to help boost productivity due to the improved speed of applications. This minimises downtime and optimises the performance of every user within the company.
Furthermore, the ability to create new cloud computing instances in seconds brings a new speed to software development. Meaning developers can easily test new ideas and applications without having to deal with the delays that come with using onsite hardware.
7. Cloud Computing increases the ease of scalability
Cloud computing provides companies with the flexibility to upscale or downscale their storage capacity at any given time. A larger company of over one hundred users generally won’t have the same IT needs as a smaller business with perhaps 10 users. However, cloud computing is suitable for businesses of all shapes and sizes because it’s adaptable to any situation.
If your business begins to rapidly grow and your IT requirements change, you can easily increase your cloud storage capacity without having to invest in physical infrastructures.
This can give businesses a real advantage when it comes to unexpected surges of growth. It also minimises the risks and costs associated with in-house issues and maintenance allowing businesses to direct that budget elsewhere.
8. Automatic updates and integrations
We all know when we’re extremely busy the last thing we want or need to be doing is waiting for a software update!
When you use cloud computing within your business all software updates are done automatically so you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to be interrupted with future updates and all your staff are working on the latest and greatest software.
9. Cloud Computing provides flexibility
After the pandemic, it became clear that the workplace has to adapt to allow for more flexible working environments. With cloud computing your staff can access data from anywhere, at any time and on any device ensuring the flexibility within your business is constant allowing your team to use the best systems for their individual needs.
Overall the cloud offers more flexibility to both the business as a whole and individual users than an on-site server. This increased flexibility will not only benefit the overall efficiency of the business but will positively enhance the morale and productivity of your team.
10. Cost Saving!
Although we’ve had nine great advantages of cloud computing explained above 20% of all businesses still worry about the cost of implementing cloud computing into their company. This is obvious, when it comes to something new cost is always going to be a nerve-wracking factor.
However, when we weigh up the advantages and disadvantages we need to consider our return on investment compared to traditional forms of data storage.
For instance, with cloud computing you won’t have to spend huge amounts of money purchasing and maintaining equipment, you won’t have to invest in hardware, facilities, utilities or offices to store your onsite servers Furthermore, you won’t need to hire large IT teams to handle, maintain and continuously update and secure your data.
Cloud computing licenses are often fairly reasonable compared to all the costs that come with onsite servers and due to the increased scalability previously mentioned you’ll only be paying for exactly what you use at any given time, ensuring you are not wasting any budget.
So, are you ready to move to the cloud?
To find out more about how your company could benefit from cloud computing systems and which system is best suited to your IT needs, get in touch today.
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