At its simplest, cloud computing is using
shared resources to reduce capital cost and
operating expenses, while increasing reliability, scalability and ease of access of your IT services.
It is a web-based system that gives you up to date access to hardware, software and development.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect
when you shift to cloud-based computer services.
Cloud service providers must have super-high reliability to remain competitive. For you, this means your systems will have close to 100% up-time so you
do not have to worry about the support or
With cloud computing you can access servers and other hardware from web connections instead of buying hardware and machines. You only pay for your usage, the hardware is maintained by the provider, which is kept up-to-date so you do not have to worry about out-dated equipment.
Lower software costs
Cloud computing allows you to access different software packages as and when you need them. This means your software usage can increase and decrease depending on staff size, leaving you with only the number of subscriptions you require.
Lower storage costs
By storing your data in the cloud, risks such as the chances of theft, fire or damage are removed. In addition, cloud storage gives you more flexibility as you only pay for the storage you actually use. Plus you can add additional storage at the click of a mouse.
As more businesses have remote workers, not just on the road but operating from home, your staff can access software and systems from anywhere by using cloud computing tools.
An advantage of cloud based storage is that multiple users can work on the same document at the same time. For example instead of having to merge two versions of a spreadsheet, any of your staff can go to the latest version of the cloud-based spreadsheet.
Security and privacy
These are often raised as concerns about using cloud-based services. With cloud services, the infrastructure and the operating tools have to have very high standards of security. Your own data still needs to have strong protection but the hardware itself is usually considerably more protected.