How Cloud Computing Can Help Your Business
“The Cloud” has become part of our vocabulary and daily life. Almost everybody uses it, but many businesses really don’t understand how to best harness it as a business strategy.
Let’s take a step back and start from the beginning. The “cloud” is a buzzword that promises the convenience of being able to access files from anywhere. While the term “cloud computing” has only entered the public’s vocabulary in the past 10 years or so, it’s been around for decades. Cloud computing refers to a process of sharing resources to improve and optimize performance.
For those of you who aren’t as familiar with the cloud, there are three different types of cloud service models – SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Now a days, almost every organization uses cloud-based SaaS applications like Microsoft Office365 for productivity, Salesforce.com for CRM, or Dropbox for file sharing. It’s hard to think of a category of business applications that doesn’t have multiple SaaS offerings. When it comes to the cloud and IT infrastructure, the majority of organizations utilize Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for their cloud computing services. IaaS allows businesses great flexibility and control. Essentially, this cloud service model acts as your “Server Room” in the cloud. Since IaaS is in the cloud, it has the luxury of being scalable. Your organization can pay for what you use, rather than purchasing a server and only utilizing ten percent of it.
Despite some concern of migrating applications to the cloud, there are many advantages of cloud computing:
- Cost Efficiency – With cloud computing, companies can reduce the size of their physical datacenters, or eliminate their data centers completely. The reduction of the number of servers, the software maintenance costs, as well as number of staff can significantly lower costs for organizations.
- Predictable Costs – The costs of cloud computing are much more flexible and predictable. More capacity can be provided during peak times and then reduced when no longer needed. Traditional computing in a datacenter requires buying additional equipment for peak times and having this equipment sit idle the rest of the time.
- No Limits on Storage & Capacity – The cloud reduces the need for physical servers and equipment which eliminates the limitation on storage capacity.
- Ease of Backup & Recovery – Most cloud providers are extremely reliable in providing their services with a very high uptime. The connection is always on so employees can always get to the applications they need.
- Elasticity of Computing Spectrum – The cloud is a flexible facility which allows you to expand or contract your services based on what you need at that time.
- Mobility & Ease of Access – Data and applications are available to employees no matter where they are in the world. Employees can take their work anywhere via any device.
- Quick & Easy Deployment – The cloud service models allow for an easy deployment that your organization can start using immediately.
- Security – In many cases, the level of security delivered by cloud services exceeds the security culture found in existing IT services.
These are the major pillars to consider when deciding if the cloud is right for your organization. If you don’t feel like you’re getting the right support from your IT team or provider, then it’s time for a serious conversation with our experts.