The cloud is a hotly-discussed topic in both our working and personal lives, and for good reason – so much of what we do on a daily basis is facilitated by cloud computing, from posting on social media to ordering a takeaway online. In the simplest of terms, cloud computing is the concept of running applications and software over the internet, rather than through a physical server. The benefits of cloud computing are practically endless, from saving money and space, to giving you improved flexibility, security and adaptability.
Read on for five reasons your business should move to the cloud…
This is the most obvious benefit of cloud computing, and something that can apply to any business, no matter the output or industry. Moving to the cloud can ensure significant savings, as businesses no longer need to shell out for the infrastructure to support physical servers, including space, support staff and maintenance costs. There are many competitively-priced cloud packages for businesses of all sizes, and all types of bandwidth needs.
Collaboration is a modern-day business buzzword, but for all intents and purposes, it’s undoubtedly the core of a successful workplace. The cloud allows employees to function together in more connected ways, even if they’re not in the same location, or even in the same part of the world – cloud-based software, the ability to edit documents over the web, video calls and more allow us to gain better working relationships, and therefore increase creativity between colleagues, in a way that older, more traditional IT infrastructure just cannot.
Security is clearly at the forefront of everyone’s minds, and business leaders and IT professionals especially are often left panicking about their own company’s abilities when yet another security scandal hits the headlines. Cybersecurity can be greatly improved by a move to the cloud, and also minimises the problems of lost or stolen devices and technology.
Innovation is just the start
The cloud offers a greater level of flexibility and innovation, from several angles. Not only is cloud computing a strongly future-proof innovation in itself, but the ability to customise needs such as speed and scale provides IT staff with the room to focus on more important endeavours, rather than losing multiple working hours to server maintenance. There is also the feedback opportunity that the cloud can provide – the cloud makes it easier to obtain analytic and information that can help shape a businesses’ future plans.
A friend to the environment
As well as saving space, a move to the cloud also helps save the environment. In an increasingly paper-less workplace, the cloud is the obvious next step to limiting physical resource use. Not only that, but the scalability of the cloud ensures that your business only uses what it needs – no more energy wastage.