Advantages And Benefits Of Cloud Computing
Seven reasons to consider a move to the cloud.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re considering a cloud-based solution for your company. Of course, you still want to know if it’s worth the investment. The good news is that the advantages and benefits of cloud computing are many, and in fact most companies have a lot to gain from making a leap to the cloud.
1. You’re always up-to-date with the latest software releases, often automatically.
When you run with a cloud-based software solution like Microsoft Office 365, you’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest version, ensuring that your software is current with the latest patches, bug fixes, and security updates.
The alternative? Each computer would have to be updated manually or configured to update automatically. In some cases, updates may have issues and you may run into problems on individual machines. A cloud-based SaaS solution can help you avoid all of that.
2. You’ll be able to improve collaboration among the members of your team.
One of the most significant benefits you’ll find with a move to the cloud is the improved ability to collaborate with your team. The cloud makes it easier than ever to access, share, and update documents. There are countless cloud-based solutions that allow you to accomplish this, allowing you to boost productivity while developing a workflow that puts less strain on the employees at your company.
Another often overlooked advantage is that your team will no longer need to forward documents back and forth via email. Typically, this practice results in a ton of confusion, because file names, content, and even the most recent edits can be lost as more and more team members join the thread. On the other hand, a cloud-based solution can help to eliminate these issues entirely, resulting in less frustration, since you’ll no longer struggle to find the most recent version of a document.
3. You’re able to access your data and work from anywhere.
In addition to better team collaboration, you’ll also find it’s easier to access your files and data wherever you are. Receive a late-night call from a client about a project that can’t wait until tomorrow? You don’t need to drive back to the office; take care of it right then and there from the comfort of your own home. Start projects at one location and finish them elsewhere. With the cloud, you’ll find new ways to improve your own productivity that you may have never thought possible.
4. Your company can save money and reduce unnecessary expenses.
Maybe it goes without saying, but maintaining your own servers, your own software, and having the resources available for their upkeep can be incredibly costly. With a cloud solution, these concerns are no longer an issue, as these elements can now be managed by a team of professionals off-site, freeing up resources and valuable space at your company’s physical location.
5. Your cloud solution can be scaled with your company.
With an on-site, self-managed hosting solution, you may have more control, but you’ll also be responsible for undertaking the expenses that come with it. This means you’ll need to account for resources that include keeping your systems current and capable of scaling with your business, as well as the team to manage such scalability.
With managed cloud hosting and even managed colocation services, this is no longer an issue, allowing you to focus more freely on the continued growth of your business instead of worrying about how you’ll accommodate it. A cloud hosting solution is easy to scale and can be adapted to suit the needs of your business as it evolves, allowing you to manage your expenses more effectively.
6. Your data can be backed up and recovered in the case of an unexpected disaster.
With cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services, your company doesn’t have to start over from square one in a worst-case scenario. Over the years, we’ve seen businesses of all sizes benefit from managed backup and disaster recovery solutions. While you never want to have to use it, you can always rest assured knowing your data is safe in the event of a crisis.
7. Your hosted cloud solution is environmentally friendly.
Maintaining a server (or multiple servers) can be tremendously expensive. Likewise, if you need to prepare your business for spikes during peak periods, you’ll find that you’re not always utilizing these resources, meaning that your extra servers may be sitting idly the rest of the time.
Of course, this doesn’t account for the environmental factors that a server requires. You need to control and monitor humidity and temperature levels carefully to ensure your servers can operate efficiently. This kind of environmental control also requires quite a lot of resources.
When you move to a hybrid cloud or public cloud solution, these resources may be shared with other companies on the cloud. While your data is completely secure and separate from other clients, you may share infrastructure which is seldom idling, wasting resources and electricity.
So not only are you saving money by moving to the cloud – you’re also saving the environment.
Common concerns about cloud hosting.
Of course, it’s understandable that, in spite of the benefits, some professionals still have their reservations about managed cloud solutions. Concerns with downtime, security, privacy, costs, control, flexibility, and vulnerability to attacks are completely understandable.
That’s why we strongly recommend consulting with a cloud solutions expert before you make your decision. The right cloud solutions provider can also deliver solutions to these issues, along with the benefits and advantages discussed earlier. While it may seem like a lot to take in, an expert in the cloud computing space can help clear the air and put your company on the right track.