Simply put, Cloud computing houses programs and information over the internet rather than on your computer or hard drive. In other words, you must be connected to the internet to access the data you need. Whether you log into your Google Drive or listen to the latest podcasts on Spotify, you are utilising cloud services.
Whilst cloud computing is a no brainer for many organisations, some question whether the cloud, really is the answer. For those who find themselves in this group we have outlined below what we believe to be the very best benefits of cloud computing.
One of the many benefits to operating cloud-based systems is the cost saving. Having cloud systems removes the need to invest in clunky in-house software or complex servers. Not only this, but businesses can save on software licensing fees and remove overhead charges such as the cost of management, data storage, system updates, etc.
Perhaps the biggest draw for cloud computing and our favourite is the ability to use your chosen system wherever whenever, given there is WIFI. This factor alone has allowed businesses like us to operate remotely during the current pandemic, allowing us to be a more flexible and agile organisation.
Scalability and performance
Scalability is one of the hallmarks of the cloud and the key selling point to its increased popularity with businesses. Unlike physical machines whose resources and performance are relatively set, cloud systems are highly flexible and can be easily scaled up or down depending on your business needs meaning no cloud system has a shelf life.
The cloud offers much greater storage capacity than personal computers and in-house servers, reducing the headache of continually having to upgrade your server or equipment to create more space. Perfect for rapidly growing businesses.
Online cloud systems are also ideal platforms for collaboration. A cloud environment enables multiple users to access, edit and share single files and documents, allowing teams to work seamlessly and efficiently.
The cloud simplifies the process of backing up and recovering data, since all your files live on the cloud and not on one physical device. Cloud providers often offer effective and flexible data recovery solutions.
With organisations more reliant on data than ever it is becoming more and more difficult for businesses and users keep all their vital information, programs, and systems up and running on in-house computer servers. With the increased popularity of cloud computing within businesses it is now easier than ever to adopt and use. Don’t get left behind, increase your businesses potential, improve collaboration and even save money by getting your business on the cloud.
Most individuals will rely on some form of cloud software in their personal life, whether it be a cloud storage solution or cloud streaming service like Spotify, so what should be different when it comes to business?