The adoption of Cloud computing is one of the most talked about topics in the IT industry at present. Whether making the move to Cloud infrastructure, deploying software or simply storing and backing up files in the Cloud, companies are increasingly concerning themselves with how cloud computing can be of benefit to their business. Below, in no particular order we have listed our top 5 reasons for why you should consider using Cloud technologies.
1. Scale & Flexability
Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating demands. Most cloud solutions allow you to scale up as your capacity grows, or cut back and scale down as you close off projects or departments. The Cloud offers superb flexibility for businesses and typically offers a monthly subscription with discounts available for paying annually upfront. Services also offer a PAYG model meaning you only pay for the resources you consume.
2. Work from anywhere
With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection (or even 3 or 4G) you’ll be able to access all of your work documents and applications. Further more, with VOIP telephony you can even take your office number with you and make/receive calls from anywhere in the world. Moving your work load to the cloud allows you to work on the go, from anywhere.
Many cloud companies also offer mobile apps which means you’re not restricted by which device you’ve got to hand so can even work solely from your mobile phone.
3. Security & Disaster Recovery
Security in the cloud is a topic of conversation we could dedicate a whole blog to!
Lost mobile devices and laptops are a common problem for businesses. Potentially, greater than the loss of an expensive piece of hardware is the loss of the sensitive data stored on it. This is where Cloud can be beneficial as it allows you to remotely wipe data from lost devices with a click of a button.
Cloud services can also offer encryption and 2-step authentication to help add an extra layer of security and protect your data.
Regarding disaster recovery, businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust DR plans. However smaller businesses may lack the required cash and expertise to implement this. Cloud makes DR easy and allows for quick restore, backup and replication of your most critical servers, data and applications.
4. Automatic software updates
The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and almost out of mind. Not only does this free up space and resources in your office, but the 3rd party vendors manage and maintain these servers for you and roll out any software and security updates when necessary. This leaves you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.
5. Reduce Hardware and IT project costs
Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. No longer do you need to spend thousands of £££ on a new server and install costs. You can simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your cash flow. Adopting cloud services also reduces the need to spend money upgrading physical servers as your business grows.