In the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building. Nowadays, cloud computing allows people to access the same kinds of applications through the internet. This means that as long as employees have internet access, they can work from anywhere. The following are a few more ways cloud computing can be beneficial to your business.
Cloud computing is probably the most cost efficient method to use, maintain and upgrade. Traditional desktop software costs companies a lot in terms of maintenance and support. Adding up the cost for maintaining multiple users can prove to be very expensive. The cloud, on the other hand, is available at much cheaper rates and hence, can significantly lower the company’s IT expenses. In fact, with pay-as-you-go computing, businesses only pay for the computing capabilities they use.
Speed and Agility
In a cloud computing environment, new IT resources are only ever a click away, which means you reduce the time it takes to make those resources available to your developers and users from weeks to just minutes. This results in a dramatic increase in agility for the organization, since the cost and time it takes to experiment and develop is significantly lower.
One of the top concerns of cloud skeptics is the fear of sacrificing data security when allowing company data to exist outside the internal firewall. Security is actually increased when using cloud solutions due to strict ISO security standards that cloud providers must adhere to, in addition to the regular security audits. This means no more worrying about lost laptops with confidential data and treacherous hacking threats.
Disasters can happen at any time, such as fires or even theft, causing you to lose valuable data. When companies start relying on cloud-based services, they no longer need complex disaster recovery plans. Cloud computing providers take care of most issues, and they do it faster. This makes the entire process of backup and recovery much simpler than other traditional methods of data storage. Furthermore, the start-up after a system failure is almost instantaneous, enabling you to ramp up your processing power and get your system back up as quickly as possible.
Software updates and renewals are typically handled by the cloud vendor and occur several times a year at no cost to the customer. This ensures that the user interface remains modern and up-to-date with business demands.
The advantages listed above are simply a few of the benefits available to your business when you switch to the cloud. Whether you are running applications that share photos to millions of mobile users or you’re supporting the critical operations of your business, cloud computing provides rapid access to flexible and low cost IT resources.
For more information, or if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at MaxQ Technologies, Inc. today.