Cloud computing has risen very quickly. Just a few years ago it was unheard of. It started as an experimental idea and companies would allow a few, non critical applications to be stored on the cloud. Now, every business is migrating to the cloud and it is being seen as the way to cut costs and improve efficiency. It is clear that the cloud has arrived and is here to stay.
What is Cloud Computing?
Many people will have used part of the cloud without realizing it. Anyone who uses Google Docs or gone onto Facebook will have shared information with colleagues or friends. This information is shared via the cloud. The cloud is simply an online storage facility. No longer to business or even personal users need to have huge hard drives and multiple servers to store and access their information. Information and even software systems can now be located on the cloud and access by anyone, anywhere; provided they have the security access required.
Every business should care about cloud computing and start to utilize it as it can offer the following benefits:
Maintaining an IT system can be an expensive business for any company but it is essential. Previously you would need at least one if not several dedicated IT professionals to manage the servers, data and access criteria. Now this information can be placed on the cloud and the IT demands placed on a business are minimal. There are no systems to maintain and setting up access is simple. Every business can make savings by moving their systems onto the cloud.
Many businesses will be familiar with the issues surrounding an update in operating systems or in the software you are using. Updates can often trigger compatibility issues and leave you with a headache whilst you try to work out how to move forward. It can often result in the additional expense of needing to upgrade part of your system or software. The majority of cloud providers have built in applications to allow you to continue using your existing software even when an update would normally stop you from doing so.
By moving your data and other business critical elements onto the cloud you free your time to concentrate on running your business effectively and keeping track of the market. You also gain the freedom to place parts of your systems on the cloud and retain some, usually the more confidential parts, in-house. Utilizing the potential of the cloud will also allow you the freedom to offer your staff more flexibility in their workplace. It is possible to work from home; in fact they will be able to access exactly the same information and systems as though they were sat in the office.
Ease of Use
All you require to use the cloud is an internet connection and the majority of businesses already have this. You may require the services of a specialist to advise you on which cloud computing system is best for your needs. Once you have chosen this it is incredibly simple to register and migrate your data and systems to their servers. It is not something that needs specialist IT knowledge and the best companies have excellent support options.
Long Distance Relationships
Modern technology is shrinking the world and this is enabling many businesses to target markets and consumers on the other side of the globe. Cloud computing can play an important role in ensuring these customers are contacted and looked after correctly. The advent of software such as Skype or Facetime allows an instant connection to these customers and the cloud allows you to access documents and send them instantly to them whilst communicating with them.
Every business needs to migrate to the cloud to make the most of its potential and enable the business to focus on being competitive and success driven. With a simple user name and a password you will be able to access and keep track of important data from any corner of the world using different types of electronic devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers. Help your business thrive by easing your employees’ jobs with cloud storage of fundamental information, and get ready to reap the benefits.
By Jason Phillips and Conosco.com!