What are the Benefits of the Cloud?
Many businesses run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, but increasingly people are making the switch. Cloud systems allow people access to the same kinds of applications through the internet or a private connection, without downloads,wait times or the heavy costs of managing those servers and applications.
When you update your Facebook status, you’re using cloud computing. Checking your bank balance on your phone? You’re in the cloud again. Chances are you rely on cloud computing to solve the challenges faced by small businesses, whether you’re sending off emails on the move or using a bunch of apps to help you manage your workload.
In short, cloud is fast becoming the new normal. By the end of 2018 it’s estimated that 90% of US businesses will be using at least one cloud service. Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud? It’s because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits.
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Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of managing and upgrading hardware. You simply pay as you go for what you need and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your cash flow.
Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is baked into the service.
Wish there was a simple step you could take to become more competitive? Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, for everyone. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys, and disrupt the market, while remaining lean and nimble.
The costs of cloud computing are much more flexible than traditional methods. Companies only need to commission – and thus only pay for – server and infrastructure capacity as and when it is needed. More capacity can be provisioned for peak times and then de-provisioned when no longer needed.
With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you’ve got to hand.The result? Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them.
When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better.
Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more an ideal than the reality.
Cloud is making it easier and more affordable for businesses to be proactive.