benefits of cloud computing
12 Benefits of Cloud Computing
All this seems to indicate that given the apparent direction in which the industry is moving, there's never been a better time to get your head in the cloud.
Cloud computing is a term that has gained widespread use over the last few years. With the exponential increase in data use that has accompanied society's transition into the digital 21st century, it is becoming more and more difficult for individuals and organisations to keep all of their vital information, programs, and systems up and running on in-house computer servers. The solution to this problem is one that has been around for nearly as long as the internet, but that has only recently gained widespread application for businesses.
Cloud computing operates on a similar principle as web-based email clients, allowing users to access all of the features and files of the system without having to keep the bulk of that system on their own computers. In fact, most people already use a variety of cloud computing services without even realising it. Gmail, Google Drive, TurboTax, and even Facebook and Instagram are all cloud-based applications. For all of these services, users are sending their personal data to a cloud-hosted server that stores the information for later access. And as useful as these applications are for personal use, they're even more valuable for businesses that need to be able to access large amounts of data over a secure, online network connection.
For example, employees can access customer information via cloud-based CRM software like Salesforce from their smartphone or tablet at home or while traveling, and can quickly share that information with other authorised parties anywhere in the world.
Still, there are those leaders that are remaining hesitant about committing to cloud computing solutions for their organisations. So, we'd like to take a few minutes, and share 12 business advantages of cloud computing.
9. Loss prevention:
If your organisation isn't investing in a cloud-computing solution, then all of your valuable data is inseparably tied to the office computers it resides in. This may not seem like a problem, but the reality is that if your local hardware experiences a problem, you might end up permanently losing your data. This is a more common problem than you might realise; computers can malfunction for many reasons, from viral infections, to age-related hardware deterioration, to simple user error. Or, despite the best of intentions, they can be misplaced or stolen (over 10,000 laptops are reported lost every week at major airports).
If you aren't on the cloud, you're at risk of losing all the information you had saved locally. With a cloud-based server, however, all the information you've uploaded to the cloud remains safe and easily accessible from any computer with an internet connection, even if the computer you regularly use isn't working.
10. Automatic software updates:
For those who have a lot to get done, there isn't anything more irritating than having to wait for system update to be installed. Cloud-based applications automatically refresh and update themselves, instead of forcing an IT department to perform a manual organisation-wide update. This saves valuable IT staff time and money spent on outside IT consultation. PCWorld lists that 50 percent of cloud adopters cited requiring fewer internal IT resources as a cloud benefit.
11. Competitive edge:
While cloud computing is increasing in popularity, there are still those who prefer to keep everything local. That's their choice, but doing so places them at a distinct disadvantage when competing with those who have the benefits of the cloud at their fingertips. If you implement a cloud-based solution before your competitors, you'll be farther along the learning curve by the time they catch up. A recent Verizon study showed that 77 percent of businesses feel cloud technology gives them a competitive advantage, and 16 percent believe this advantage is 'significant.'
Given the current state of the environment, it's no longer enough for organisations to place a recycling bin in the breakroom and claim that they're doing their part to help the planet. Real sustainability requires solutions that address wastefulness at every level of a business. Hosting on the cloud is more environmentally-friendly, and results in less of a carbon footprint.
Cloud infrastructures support environmental proactivity, powering virtual services rather than physical products and hardware, and cutting down on paper waste, improving energy efficiency, and (given that it allows employees access from anywhere with an internet connection) reducing commuter-related emissions. A Pike Research report predicted data centre energy consumption will drop by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020 based on the adoption of cloud computing and other virtual data options.