How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Your Business
Back in 2009 and 2010, cloud computing was deemed to be the future of IT. Terms such as SaaS (software-as-a-service) and PaaS (platform-as-a-service) were new lingo abbreviations to learn in order to evaluate a vendor’s claims to which cloud computer form they used. Speed ahead to 2013 and the cloud is accessible to all. Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. Stored information on the net can be accessed without the need for downloading software and applications. This information can then be easily transferred or stored using the latest tech gadgets. One future prediction claims that small businesses will spend around $100 billion on cloud computing services alone. So what are the benefits of the cloud for your business?
Cloud computing offers a flexibility unlike traditional servers which need to be updated. Therefore if a company needed a larger bandwidth for example, the cloud can adapt to this demand due to its vast amount of remote servers. This ability to meet business demands quickly is a key reason why many businesses switch to using the cloud.
The cloud allows for more efficient use of online resources thanks to less operational issues. Because cloud computing utilises standardized services, users are less interrupted by defects and issues. This allows for your employees to focus on their work which adds value and productivity to your business. More work can get done using less time with less people.
The cloud can instantly connect you to thousands of public Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK which makes accessing information and remote working a lot easier. With numbers of self-employed and remote workers growing in the UK, businesses can benefit from their employees being able to reach information outside of the office.
Cost-effective use of staff
Cloud computing can also reduce your operating expenses and overhead costs in order to maintain a streamlined business. You can right-source or reassign job functions to gain maximum value from one employee. The employee can also gain a sense of job security with the knowledge that they are gainfully employed. Instead of fixing or upgrading an old email system, he or she will gain gratification because they are doing something to progress the business.
A business can also reduce their electricity bills through greater practicality. Better utilisation of hardware and the internet results in a more efficient use of energy. Businesses using the cloud also only use the server space that they need which avoids idle time and energy. It is said that energy consumption can be lowered by around 30% on cloud computing, compared to on-site servers.
Cloud computing suppliers not only take care of server maintenance, they also provide disaster recovery support in case the worst was to happen. By providing a fast and sound recovery service, the suppliers can alleviate pressure from a business by taking care of most of the proceedings. It has been found that a business which uses the cloud resolve its problems around 4 times quicker than a business which does not.
Retail and manufacturing businesses are thought to benefit the most from cloud computing in terms of transaction and production costs. Businesses which operate on a seasonal basis, with peak periods in major holidays like Christmas, can find it hard to manage scale and infrastructure. However, because cloud computing offers flexibility and adaptability, it can allow a business to scale production up or down over the course of the year. It is important to analyse your business model before committing to the cloud in order to assess if you would benefit from the service as costs are dependent upon traffic which can be unstable. A measured plan of forecasted growth can help to calculate unit costs of cloud computing to avoid a logistical and spending nightmare.
Laura Comben is a writer from Brighton. Her interests include business, travel and looking up the latest gadgets on http://visopix.com/.
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