Give thanks to the cloud: 3 ways cloud computing is improving the IT landscape
Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way individuals and businesses use the internet. The days of saving movies, music and photos; as well as sensitive documents and databases on a physical hard drive are nearly gone. The cloud is something people access every day, perhaps even without realizing. Spotify, Netflix, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. are but a few familiar examples.
For businesses, Microsoft Office 365, Autotask Workplace, Switchvox VoIP systems and more are reliable services that allow access to servers, storage, databases, software and more over the internet (the cloud) versus physical hardware. Cloud computing keeps organizations in-sync, up-to-date, and secure with each and every task. Businesses can also appoint Cloud Managed IT services, which is essentially a helpdesk that utilizes the cloud to support customers remotely.
The benefits of the cloud are just about as infinite as the internet itself, but here are a few highlights:
- Reduced costs
The cloud cuts the cost of capital expenditure – hardware, servers, electricity for power and the IT staff that maintains it all. It can be quite pricey to build out and operate a data center, and once in place the systems have a static capacity for performance.
The cloud, on the other hand, can be adapted to the fluctuating needs of your business via a pay-as-you-go, subscription-based model. Every business has slow and peak times, and with the cloud you will only be charged for what you need, when you need it. Plus, all of that messy hardware maintenance is off your plate, so your business can excel without technical disruptions.
- Anywhere, anytime
A major benefit of cloud computing is that it is location-independent. Say goodbye to the days where you need to be sitting at your desktop to access your files and applications. You can be anywhere, anytime, on any device and access everything you need to keep momentum. This improved mobility proves invaluable to a range of industries – from retail to healthcare and everything in between.
While employees can be anywhere, they can also be more connected than ever. Collaboration is improved by virtual meetings and real-time updates via shared storage, which can cut production time significantly. The cloud streamlines your workflow to allow for more efficient communication and teamwork. Further, you’ll always be working on the latest and greatest version of your cloud applications thanks to included automatic updates.
Whether it’s cherished family photos, critical data or business applications, you never want to lose your files or be at risk of a security breach. The cloud is known to have better security than local servers, with regular security audits to keep your files safe. In addition, data is backed up to a number of servers so data loss is virtually impossible. A cloud environment will help you adhere to strict regulatory and compliance obligations, while limiting the risk of a security breach.
Further, because the cloud company has a team dedicated to running its servers to be bug-free and optimally-functional, there are fewer operational issues. If an issue were to arise, it would be in the process of being resolved before you even have to call. Your hosting provider monitors your cloud infrastructure 24/7, so you can be at ease.
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