The Benefits of Cloud Computing

Posted in: Blog | November 3, 2015 | 0 comments
More and more tech industry companies are moving their infrastructure and compute resources from traditional, dedicated hardware to cloud computing and storage solutions. Cloud computing refers to using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet rather than a local server or computer for storing, managing and processing data. While not all types of companies can enjoy the benefits of cloud computing, it’s easy to understand why the cloud is becoming more and more prevalent in IT. Consider these five cloud computing benefits and discover if the cloud may be right for you.
  • Business agility and flexibility – Where local hardware is limited in its ability to meet increased demand, a cloud-based server is not. Cloud computing systems are often immense and cater to the needs of numerous clients. With the infrastructure already in place, adapting capacity to workload over time is far more simple. Getting all services up quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes means far less time in development which can mean a world of difference when bringing a digital product to market.
  • Smoothing mergers – Transferring data between two systems is an immense undertaking. It can mean years, manual coding of information from one system to another and often is never completely finished. Transferring with the cloud is far easier and quicker.
  • Improved accessibility – Having computing and data systems online means that with the right credentials, they can be accessed for just about anywhere.
  • Reduced infrastructure costs and capital expense – There is some debate about the benefits of switching from a capital expense model to that of an operational expense model. In essence, rather than investing in hardware for servers that depreciates in value and becomes obsolete over time, money is instead spent paying for a cloud data storage, managing or processing service.
  • Less operational issues means better use of resources – When your operations are run through a large cloud service, there tend to be fewer operational issues and costs for your business. With business running more smoothly and consistently, you can focus time and energy on more important aspects of your business and leave the operational continuity to the cloud services provider. Additionally the safeguard of your data being stored on the cloud is that a traditional disaster won’t be catastrophic to your data. Tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes can’t touch your digital data.
The primary benefits of cloud computing are a decrease in implementation and infrastructure costs up front which can help your business deploy more quickly, the improved consistency of operations and ease of data transfer. While there are certainly disadvantages to cloud computing solutions, most notably in terms of security, it is an agile and useful option to consider for any IT business.


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