If you’re unfamiliar with cloud computing, it can seem like a daunting concept. In reality, cloud computing is simply computing based on the internet. And you’re probably using it more often than think; every time you log on to your LinkedIn profile on your phone, accessing online banking via your smartphone, and sending client emails on your commute. In fact, it is used so often that it was estimated around 90 per cent of UK businesses would be using the cloud by the end of 2015.
So what’s the reason for this move? Well, cloud computing offers many business benefits, which we’ve outlined below. So if you’re still unsure about moving to the cloud, read on to find out why it would be advantageous for your business.
You’re a start-up business
Thanks to the cloud, all you need is that stellar idea and a small amount of up-front capital and you can get your new business up and running in no time. Requiring minimal infrastructure, you could even set up shop from home!
You’re an SME
Would you rather be putting all of your attention to the business instead of IT? With the cloud, you can. There is a wide range of computer, storage and network products to be taken advantage of, all of which can be up-scaled cost effectively as your business grows.
You’re a large business
Enjoy increased flexibility and productivity with the cloud, not to mention reduced hosting costs and corporate-wide infrastructure requirements, leading to improved operational efficiency.
Top business benefits
- Connect from anywhere, any time
With the cloud, all you need is an internet connection and you’ll be able to work from any location, accessing the same files and documents as you would if you were sat at your desk in the office. This benefit not only leads to enhanced productivity and efficiency, but also allows employers to be more flexible when hiring new employees as they can work from home if necessary.
- Increased collaboration
The cloud also comes in handy if you have offices in different locations – be that on a national or a global basis. Why? Because it enables team members from different offices to work together on a project a lot more easily. With the cloud, you no longer have to be in the same physical location as a colleague to work together on tasks in real time.
- You’re in control
Many people worry that security is decreased with the cloud – you can however easily make files and folders private with just a few clicks. What’s more, you can grant individuals access to documents and then make them private again once they’ve been worked on, meaning it’s less likely that documents go missing or get altered in the meantime.
- Fewer hardware issues
There’s no physical hardware required to use the cloud, which means you can get away with having a smaller office, reducing some business costs. There’s also no need for you to maintain large, bulky servers, so you can concentrate on the job at hand.
- Fewer software issues
You can enjoy automatic software upgrades with the cloud, so you’ll no longer have to upgrade yours manually. Your chosen cloud service provider will take care of all upgrades, preventing any work disruptions.
- Heightened security
With the cloud, resiliency and agility will be built-in at an infrastructure level to improve security and reduce the risk of any slips.
- Reduce your carbon footprint
Using cloud computing means the hosting is all done in a remote data centre, rather than on-site. Cloud service providers tend to host multiple customers on shared infrastructure, leading to a reduction in your carbon footprint as water, energy and space are used more efficiently. So you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too!
Has your business moved to cloud computing? What benefits have you noticed? Let us know in the comments below.