Why Move to the Cloud?
Cloud computing is computing based on the internet. Sounds simple enough. It is the delivery of on demand computing services such as applications, processing, and storage – over the internet and on a pay-as-you go basis. No more downloading applications on a computer or server in your office because cloud computing allows everyone in your organization to access the necessary software from anywhere at anytime. Let’s take a look at some important benefits of moving to the cloud – in the end, you can decide if moving to the cloud is best for your organization.
More Control Over Your Costs
Since cloud computing is a pay-as-you go service, you have more control over costs. When searching for a cloud computing service, make sure you are aware of any hidden costs. You don’t want to have any surprises when paying for services. Since everything is cloud based, you are able to transition away from purchasing physical infrastructure and access everything with just the internet. Remember, you can always take a hybrid approach as well. If there are certain workloads that won’t be as good to use while using cloud computing software then a hybrid approach might be a good fit. Some workloads will stay on physical infrastructure and some in the cloud. Savings at its best.
Of course we can’t predict when a disaster hits – but we can be prepared. All organizations should have some type of disaster recovery plan for the sake of their business. With cloud computing, it’s fairly easy. With cloud computing, you don’t have your in-house server that can crash at anytime losing all data. Cloud computing, as said before, is cloud based. Data is easily accessible anywhere. If a disaster were to affect your organization – you’re covered.
Automatic Software Updates
This can also tie into control over costs. How much does it cost to upgrade physical software? We’ve seen time and time again, organizations with outdated software because the cost of upgrading is too much. With cloud computing, the automatic software updates are included in your pay-as-you go service. That’s the beauty of cloud computing. Servers are off-premise and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system.
Security is obviously an important factor in any organization. Have you ever had an employee lose a laptop? Scary, right? All information on that laptop can be accessed by anyone which can lead to many things, including customer private information, leaking out in the open. With cloud computing, you don’t have to worry about any lost devices. You are able to erase data on devices remotely, leaving customer data safe in your hands.
We’ve only covered a few benefits of cloud computing and why you should consider making the move. We didn’t cover the other benefits such as document control, working from anywhere, increased collaboration amongst your team, and just the overall flexibility. While more and more organizations move to the cloud daily, it’s important to also factor in the competitiveness it will bring as well. Still haven’t made your move to the cloud yet? Contact us, we are more than happy to help you with your journey to the cloud!