Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing benefits drive competitiveness


Cloud computing, in the simplest of terms, means storing and accessing data and applications over the Internet instead of on a server or hard drive.  These services can be accessed from anywhere, once you have an internet connection.

Cloud computing is completely changing the way in which companies use technology to meet the needs of customers, suppliers and partners.  It brings with it many benefits including:

Cost Efficiencies

For any business, cloud computing typically means that there will be a reduction in hardware, software and staffing costs.  When cloud computing is adopted, the requirement for heavy duty servers is gone.  The business realises savings on the capital outlay, installation and ongoing maintenance costs associated with such infrastructure.

The software is now delivered as a service and there is no longer a need to purchase a CD or a license and install the software product on a computer.  Instead, the user licenses can be paid for on a monthly basis and the number of users can be scaled up or down according to the organisation’s needs at the time.  The software is always up to date and there is no requirement for any investment in expensive upgrades.

Staffing costs may also be reduced, dependent on the staff that is in place prior to the adoption of cloud computing.  There would be a reduced requirement for roles such as system administrators and database administrators, as these would now be delivered by the service provider.

Unlimited Storage

Your storage needs depend on the type of business that you have and the number of users.  The storage options available to businesses vary from vendor to vendor, but the important element is that they are scalable and flexible.  If you are running out of space, you can simply add more space to your monthly subscription.  This can be done online, it can be made available immediately and there is no longer a need to specify and purchase more powerful hardware to manage the increased demand.  

Backup, Recovery and Business Continuity

With cloud computing, the businesses data is backed up to an offsite remote server rather than locally on a device such as a hard drive or a storage disc.  In the event of a technical failure or other problem at the businesses premises, the data which is required to continue running the business will still be accessible via any device as long as there is internet connectivity.

The recovery is generally faster and more straightforward than from a tape or hard drive. 

Easy Access to your Information

Cloud computing makes a truly mobile workforce a reality for many businesses, some of which would have previously been very fixed and immobile.  As long as there is internet connectivity, employees can access data from any location, on whatever device they are using and via whatever network / connection is available to them.  It is now possible to not only work from home but to work on the train, in a coffee shop, at the airport and the list goes on.   

Collaboration

Cloud computing gives access to software and tools that aid collaboration between employees, clients and suppliers.  Hosted business email and shared calendar and contacts, protected with the most current antivirus and anti-spam solutions, means secure communications are no longer confined to the office.  Document sharing and cloud based collaboration enables colleagues to work together wherever they are, sharing documents from a central repository that is always secure and up to date. Multiple communications channels are only a click away with access to instant messaging, audio and video conferencing.

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