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These days, more and more companies are looking for affordable, yet reliable, technology that can help them grow and accomplish their goals; technology that will keep them ahead of the competition, offer more incentives to their customers, and add true business value to whatever they are doing. Cloud computing can help you do just that.
What is cloud computing?
The term has been tossed around very often, but very few people really understand it. Without going into really heavy jargon or technical definitions, cloud computing is accessing and storing programs and data on the ‘cloud’, or the internet, instead of the hard drive on your computer.
Cloud computing can take on many forms, but the most popular and commonly used models are the following four:
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
But what are some of the benefits of switching to these platforms with cloud computing capabilities? Is it the right solution for your business? Here are a few reasons that will have you getting in touch with cloud computing providers in no time.
The main reason why so many people prefer cloud computing is that it’s an extremely cost-efficient solution. With all applications located on a remote server, companies don’t have to invest in hardware equipment. In addition to reduced IT costs, companies can further cut their capital expenditure by opting for pay-per-use models, where they are only charged for the storage stage and power used.
The pay-per-use model brings with it the additional benefit of scalability. If you anticipate a spike in your business activity (for example around the holiday season) or it grows at an unprecedented rate, you can ask for additional server space. Cloud computing services grow with you and you have the option of scaling back when activity falls.
The beauty of cloud based applications is that it can be accessed from anywhere. Whether you’re at home, in the office, travelling for business or vacationing, the application is instantly available to you as long as you have a device and an internet connection.
With all your data located securely on the cloud, you don’t have to worry about losing information anymore. If you happen to delete a file or there’s a disaster, it can all be recovered at no extra cost. However, the key is putting your faith in reliable cloud computing providers who maintains high security standards and have comprehensive disaster plans.
Moving your company’s IT to the cloud is not an easy decision to make. It is one that should be taken after careful consideration and after analyzing the needs of the company. However those that have given it a try have experienced boosted productivity and increased profits, which they are able to reinvest into the business to hire more employees, boost wages, and drive innovation. With so much to gain from cloud computing, what possible reason could you have for refusing to jump onto the bandwagon?