The maintenance of a local server is now considered a thing of the past. The steep cost associated with it—not to mention the susceptible security and decreased efficiency—are thrown into sharp contrast against cloud computing, which has become so ingrained in our world that now even our makers are running on the cloud.
Cloud computing is the way of the future. It’s a powerhouse of more frequent security updates, distributed costs, and increased innovation and efficiency.
The benefits of cloud computing have become real for businesses of all sizes. Here are just eight of those benefits your business could enjoy, too:
1. Cost-efficient: It stands to reason that a cloud service optimized and streamlined to serve thousands of businesses at once would be more cost-efficient than doing it yourself. That’s the case with cloud computing. It’s also more scalable, which helps you manage costs and plan ahead.
2. More collaborative: Cloud technologies are built for collaboration, especially in the “new normal” of remote work. Employees located anywhere can access “single source of truth” documents and files in the cloud without worrying about versions, can meet in virtual video conferences, and can collaborate using multi-player whiteboards, real-time document sharing, and more.
3. Secure: Cloud computing is also more secure since the providers have more rigorous security protocols. This protects the information stored on the cloud as well as the transmission of information into and out of the cloud.
4. Customer service: It’s also a lot easier to get in touch with a cloud service provider for customer service. The alternative—supporting your own server—usually means your on-site IT team is all the customer service you got.
5. More flexible: With cloud computing, your business can instantly turn capacity up or down (and your costs up or down with it). You also avoid server crashes when the data load is high.
6. Total control: Cloud computing is more secure and gives you a bird’s eye view of all the business’s data. This enables tracking of access and usability of the data based on handy user “profile types” and customizable levels of security.
7. Mobile: The cloud also enables the use of a whole network of gadgets and devices. Businesses can connect from anywhere, taking “mobile” in a second meaning, too.
8. Disaster recovery: The worst thing that could happen to most businesses is the loss of significant data. The cloud has more secure backups than any local server, which helps companies better protect themselves with business continuity in the case of a disaster.
Businesses interested in migrating completely to the cloud are after the availability, security and cost benefits. There’s so much more to gain that if a business partners with the right IT provider, the decision to migrate could mark a whole new chapter for the company. Contact us today to discuss your business needs.