Cloud Computing in Your Business: Reasons It’s Not as Complicated as You May Think

cloud computingMany people are afraid to use cloud computing because they think they’re not tech savvy enough to use it. If this describes you, here are a few valid reasons why you should try it.

It’s Adaptable

Most companies that have cloud computing services offer several storage options. They also provide pricing tiers that fit a wide range of budgets. You might not be entirely sure how much storage you need. No problem.

Most service providers offer flexible storage plans that you can scale up or down as needed. It works like this: you buy a basic service contract. It starts with one server. That server is, in reality, a shared server, with resources spread out across multiple hardware devices.

It’s a “virtual server” in the sense that its resources equal one server, even though data may reside in multiple physical locations. This is the first layer of security - data is spread out instead of concentrated.

When you want to scale up, you simply purchase more servers and configure them however you like. If you no longer need a server, you destroy it with a few clicks.

It’s Secure

Companies, like Sec-Tec Ltd, conduct regular penetration testing for many large companies, including cloud computing and storage providers. A penetration test helps a business better understand how breaches occur, where vulnerabilities exist, and the magnitude of the problem.

A tester can also write up a report that shows the severity of a potential breach, and how to patch any security holes.

You’re Probably Already Somewhat Familiar With It

Odds are, you’re already familiar with cloud computing. You’ve had experience with Gmail and Yahoo mail. These are web-based email providers, with Gmail being the most popular and most like cloud computing.

It Gives Your Employees More Mobility And Flexibility

When you move your infrastructure into the cloud, your employees are no longer bound by physical barriers and limitations. They can work remotely, meaning your company can grow and expand, regardless of where you happen to be physically located (the HQ).

This also means that you and your employees can save on overhead. Rather than having employees come into work every day, you could keep them at home - it saves them the drive into work, and it could save you on utilities and office rental space if it becomes a permanent working arrangement.

Employees would log onto the company’s network through a virtual private network. The VPN acts like a “tunnel” that connects the user to the company’s servers. From there, the employee accesses the Internet from behind your corporate firewall.

You Can Purchase From A Familiar Brand

This is something most business like to hear. Fortunately, there are a lot of familiar companies out there offering their own brand of cloud computing. Working with a provider like Microsoft, Amazon, and Salesforce, for example, you shouldn’t have any serious concerns about safety or reliability.

These companies have been around for many years, and have earned the trust of thousands of users.

Charles Dixon works as a lead security engineer. He enjoys writing about his experiences in the IT security field. His posts appear mostly on business IT blog sites.

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