In 2006 Google CEO Eric Schmidt introduced us to the buzzword “cloud computing”, since then the number of companies moving to the cloud started to increase year by year. With COVID-19 and many companies transitioning to a remote workforce the use of cloud solutions has exploded.
Without even knowing, it is very likely that you already use a lot of applications running on a cloud. Take your phone storage for example, Microsoft, Google, and Apple all encourage cloud-based storage for photos, contacts, apps, and files. If you use any Adobe software, calendar app or email provider like Gmail, Yahoo etc. all are operating on a cloud system.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing is the use of hardware and software over a network (typically the Internet) to store and access data instead of your computer's hard drive.
So you are wondering why is everyone making the move?
1. Reduced Operating Costs
Utilizing the power of the cloud offers a great amount of benefits for all types of businesses from small to big. Without the need to purchase expensive equipment and build out data centers the saved costs for hardware, facilities, utilities, on site IT staff and all other expenses required from traditional computing is immense.
In addition to the saved expenses on traditional computing most cloud computing programs and applications use a subscription-based model. This allows businesses to scale up or down according to their needs and budget.
3. Increased mobility and efficiency
Cloud-based workflow and file-sharing applications give dispersed teams of people the ability to become more efficient and work together from anywhere. Businesses that make use of the cloud can provide staff with options to work on the go or at home, from their desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
4. Disaster Recovery
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is that the constant worry about losing valuable data to a natural disaster or hardware failure becomes a thought of the past.
All your data is readily available and can be restored on any device any time and from anywhere.
There is however a catch. Malware propagation is a prominent threat in SaaS (Software as a Service) applications. With SaaS applications essentially being storage clouds, they become an effective distribution medium for malware. In a recent survey, Bitglass found that 44% of scanned organizations had some form of malware in at least one of their cloud applications.
This makes it vital to have a Service provider that has proper security and backup measures in place to protect your data.
An experienced managed service provider can help you find the right solution that suits your business needs and ease the process of migration.
You ask yourself why you are still running your own server infrastructure and finally want to take advantage of all the benefits the cloud can offer your business?
Find out here how we can help you and your business save costs and make the move to more flexibility, efficiency and security.
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