5 Main Advantages Of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is not a new concept these days and is being adopted by more and more businesses, both large and small. Some have committed to a total IT overhaul, whereas others have merely dipped an exploratory toe in the water by testing out cloud services for non-critical functions only. Many have then chosen to embark on a wider range of hosted services either in addition to or instead of their existing infrastructure.
Fve Of The Main Advantages Of Sourcing IT Services Through Cloud Providers
Lower capital expenditure
The ability to source services on an ‘as and when’ required basis enables businesses to use an investment model based on operational expenditure. The requirement to commit to large-scale capital projects is removed saving thousands on purchasing servers and software licences which may only have a short lifespan.
It’s the cloud service provider’s responsibility for maintaining the infrastructure and businesses are merely consumers of IT services, rather than the owners of the actual hardware.
Easier maintenance and upgrades
The cloud service provider is responsible for software, server and network management so in-house IT technical staff are free to concentrate on other work. It’s no longer necessary for them to be tied up just keeping the company’s users operational. Cloud providers employ teams of experts to work specifically on providing continuity of service for their customers.
Upgrades are provided at the vendor-end rather than in-house and this saves money and time for users. The provider invests in new software which is made available to customers who then select just what they need; advanced applications, upgrades and new tools are then available at no extra cost.
Greater flexibility and mobility
Remote access to cloud services means that employees can work from any location, provided they have a good internet connection with the required bandwidth. Files, data, documents etc can all be accessed, meaning that the working environment can effectively be replicated anywhere.
Continuity of business
A further benefit of this remote working capability is that of disaster recovery. Should there be a fire, theft or flood and the office premises be irreparably damaged, operational continuity would not be compromised and work could continue uninterrupted remotely.
This also applies in the event of heavy snowfall or problems with public transport meaning that workers are unable to make it into the office. With access to everything they need remotely, workers would be able to log on as usual and continue as they would on a normal working day, as long as the necessary access codes and passwords were available to them.
Improved IT security
Concerns surrounding security were notable inhibitors of service adoption in the early days of the cloud but as cloud computing has developed, and a clearer understanding of how it works has been gained, many of these fears have been allayed.
In fact, cloud computing actually improves company security. Providers spend a vast amount of money on securing their data centre infrastructure and work hard to ensure that their customers’ data is safe. They benefit from economies of scale and can therefore afford to spend money on the latest preventative approaches and solutions, whereas individual businesses are not generally able to do so to the same degree.
There are many advantages to using a cloud service provider and with increased security and safety measures being put in place, it is surely just a matter of time before every business migrates much of its IT requirements to the cloud.
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