No doubt you’ve probably noticed the term ‘cloud computing’ popping up everywhere.
But what is it?
Simply put, cloud computing just means accessing programs and data over the internet, instead of your computer’s hard drive.
Conventionally, applications and programs were run on software that was downloaded from a physical computer or server that was present in a building. Cloud computing on the other hand, allows people to access the same applications and programs, but through the internet from any location.
A simple example is with the use of Facebook. When we update our status on Facebook, we are actually using cloud computing. Similarly, checking our bank balance using our mobile phone is also a form of cloud computing.
Why are Businesses Switching to Cloud?
The benefits of cloud computing for professional businesses are copious.
Through working with many local businesses we see a trend in the key reasons as to why businesses of all sizes move to cloud computing. These key reasons include the fact that cloud computing services enhance efficiency, they provide outstanding and are very cost effective compared to traditional solutions (e.g. cloud solutions usually don’t require large upfront investments). There are no hardware costs and payment is usually based on a monthly subscription-based model. Moreover, setup is usually quick, and management is simple.
The main reason (though it often goes unmentioned), that underlies them all however is this one:
…It helps your business make more money.
Cloud computing is ideal for those businesses where demands are often fluctuating. If your business demands increase, you can easily increase your cloud capacity without having to invest in physical infrastructure. Alternately, if you’re going through a quiet period, you can easily reduce your capacity.
This flexibility offers businesses an edge over their competitors who haven’t made the move to the cloud. The businesses that have moved are able to cope with these fluctuations in business with flexibility and agility – and they don’t need to allocate IT resources to a capital expenditure budget.
Cloud Computing Cost?
Put simply, the cloud helps businesses save costs.
Businesses are usually required to only pay for what’s being used and not for any unused services.
Businesses also benefit from economies of scale. That is, because many other businesses are utilising the cloud, businesses are able to access more computing power at a lower cost.
Imagine losing all of your business’ data in a day.
Cloud based backup and recovery features are truly a life saver for businesses, particularly smaller-sized ones. Big businesses can conduct robust disaster recovery if the need arises, but smaller businesses often lack the money and expertise to do so. Cloud based computing, on the other hand, helps organisations undergo rapid data recovery in case of any disaster.
Providers regularly roll out software updates including security updates. The best part is that you don’t have dedicate your valuable time to maintaining the system, which allows you to focus on the things you’re good at (like running and growing your business).
It can help you with your marketing:
In some cases, you can use data and information obtained from using cloud computing in your marketing. You can get insight into your customers, that in the past might have remained hidden.
It can allow you to deliver the right message and services to your customers.
Ease-of-Use, Access Work From Anywhere:
By utilising the cloud, your employees can access company information and work on documents from anywhere at any time. No longer do they have to be tied to their desks to work. They can also access data from a variety of devices that may not be located physically within your office or nearby.
There’s an extensive range of file sharing and work flow regulating apps that help employees work efficiently. All they need to have is an internet connection.
A company can move to the cloud in a matter of weeks, with minimal fuss and practically zero downtime.
And it’s made as easy as possible by Nettko.
We can advise you on all aspects of cloud computing. We understand that no two businesses are the same. We learn about your business, structure and work flows to make migration to the cloud a breeze and ensure there is no disruption in your workplace. If required, we can also run training for your staff to ensure they are confident in using the cloud.
At Nettko, we make cloud easy.