Benefits of Cloud Computing
What Are The Benefits Of Cloud Computing
With the way business is conducted in our world today, more companies are planning to increase their spending in cloud services. This trend is very strong in some of the larger developed countries but we are starting to see more companies abandoning the more traditional local software and storage solutions for cloud alternatives.
The reasons for the move vary from country to country and from company to company but eventually they do come to several common denominators which include but are not limited to:
Cloud Computing Services Lower IT Costs
The biggest reason why many companies choose to make the move to cloud-based computing is the opportunity to lower their capital expenditure/CAPEX. This brings two benefits that need to be considered. The first is that the initial investment is for the exact services or storage that the company needs but both of these features can be very easily increased because of the scalable computing feature of the cloud. The second benefit of lowering the CAPEX on IT is that companies can allocate more funds to research and development, so with rapid growth development of the cloud we can expect to see also a faster growth of innovative products and projects.
Cloud Computing Frees Resources
Another advantage of moving to the cloud is that, besides freeing up part of the financial resources, there are other resources that are no longer dedicated to maintaining a complex onsite IT structure. What exactly those resources are varies from one company to another, but there are a few commonalities. Your IT staff is now free to tackle more customer related issues thus providing a seamless experience for both company employees and customers. Also the higher management specialists no longer need to focus their time on dealing with IT issues since these are taken care of by whatever cloud services providers are working with the company.
Cloud Services Are Reliable
Initially, one of the biggest reasons why it was so difficult for cloud computing services to be adopted by companies was the fact that they were a relatively new technology and it had no track record for security or reliability. Today, however, the technology has finally reached that critical point where there are enough providers that basically any need a company has is covered by someone in the cloud (think Google Docs or Office 365). Cloud computing providers are no longer exclusively small niche operations. Today’s leading cloud computing providers are some of the largest and most trustworthy names in technology; Microsoft, Google, Cisco, IBM, VMware, and Amazon just to name a few.
Software as a Service (SaaS) Offers Undeniable Benefits
The most common cloud computing model used today is the software as a service model. We are already seeing Google and Microsoft battling it out for a piece of the office suite needs but there are even more services that SaaS provides. Companies moving to the software as a service model are already seeing lower upfront costs, permanent access to software, care-free upgrades, and automatic integration with the in-house systems.
Cloud Computing can Replace Existing Infrastructure
As your IT infrastructure gets older, replacing it with cloud components will enable you to maximize existing infrastructure. It also enables you to avoid the project management and deployment expenses associated with setting up and migrating to a new infrastructure. Often times with cloud computing, you can simply turn on what you need quicker, faster, and cheaper than you can provision it on your own. Data center infrastructure is a great example. When you can rent co-location space on a monthly per rack basis, it never makes sense to build your own data center anymore.
Cloud Computing Allows Employees to Work From Anywhere
As long as employees have Internet access, they can work from anywhere through cloud computing services. This flexibility positively affects the work-life balance and productivity of workers. In fact, one study found that 42 percent of working adults would give up some of their salary if they could telecommute, and on average they would take a 6 percent pay cut.
Cloud Computing Offers Data Security
Some 800,000 laptops are lost each year in airports alone. This can have serious monetary implications, but when everything is stored in the cloud, data can still be accessed no matter what happens to a machine.
These are just some of the reasons why the cloud should be considered when trying to determine an IT budget or how to cut one that you already have.
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