The use of cloud computing offers businesses and organizations of any size some distinct advantages. Using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet instead of a local server to store, manage and/or your process data can provide you with a number of benefits.
1. You save money
- You have minimal start-up costs and predictable ongoing operating expenses.
- You avoid the upfront infrastructure costs of buying dedicated hardware and software, saving as much as 40% in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
- You only pay for what you use, when you use it. You are renting only the part of the solution that you need, rather than purchasing the full version.
- You save on the high cost of electricity associated with owning and hosting servers.
- The only equipment needed for an employee to access the programs is an Internet-connected device; you don’t have the additional cost of providing special equipment and special training.
- If you have only a single task that requires an additional program, you can easily perform it with cloud computing and avoid purchasing new software.
2. You save time
- The use of APIs, Internet-style user interfaces, allows for fast, widespread implementation without the need for time-consuming training.
- New applications can be up and running quickly, with improved manageability and little or no maintenance time on your end.
- The cloud computing supplier handles server and software maintenance including security updates, freeing your employees to focus on business.
- You can quickly scale up or scale down use of services based on market demands, hours of maximum activity, etc. to meet fluctuating or unpredictable business needs without time-consuming upgrades.
- Cloud services are consistent and reliable, so you don’t have wasted down time.
- Collaboration is simple and streamlined, making progress faster and less cumbersome.
- Your staff can synchronize and work on documents and shared apps simultaneously, allowing for critical updates in real time.
- You receive real-time responses due to high-speed bandwidth and infrastructure at multiple sites.
3. You increase security
- Cloud computing is more secure than local storage, which can more easily be attacked by pirates or viruses.
- Cloud providers must adhere to strict ISO security standards in addition to regular security audits.
- You don’t need to worry about about lost laptops holding confidential data and no longer need complex disaster recovery plans.
4. You gain flexibility.
- Cloud-based services can instantly meet increased demands because of the vast capacity of the service’s remote servers.
- There is no need to allocate costly space to hosting a server for your business, allowing more room for your real business needs.
- All files are accessible from one central location, making them easy for multiple users to access from various locations.
- Employees with internet access can work from anywhere, eliminating concern over lost productivity due to issues involving weather or remote work.
5. You save energy and reduce environmental impact.
- You only use the server space you need, decreasing your company’s carbon footprint.
- Cloud computing uses at least 30% less energy and creates at least 30% less carbon emissions than using on-site servers.
- Resources are shared by multiple users and dynamically re-allocated on demand to maximize the use of computing powers and reduce environmental impact on a global level.
To learn more about cloud computing, read the previous article in our series, What exactly is Cloud Computing?
If you are interested in moving to a cloud computing system, NXC can assist you. Contact us today to learn more.
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