The cloud is essentially a shared pool of configurable computer resources. This means your business is sharing computing resources with others, similar to webmail (such as Gmail, Hotmail etc) or websites that reside on shared web servers at your hosting provider.
This may sound scary; but in reality, it shouldn’t be. Only the physical computing resources are shared, not the data and enterprise grade security tools are employed to keep your secure. Arguably, data is more secure than if stored on your own network.
Without further ado, here is how the cloud can help add value for your business:
When moving to the cloud, your business can change the majority of its IT expenditure from one centred around capital expenditure to one focused on more predictable operating expenditure. Recent analysis has shown that IT CAPEX can be reduced by up to 80% by moving to the cloud, as well as a reduction of up to 90% in energy costs.
For example, to procure a server for your office can cost over $5,000 up front. The server also requires ongoing maintenance costs, power as well as cooling costs in some cases. Rather than spending money to maintain hardware that is often not used to it’s potential, subscribing to software and services for a low monthly fee has proven to help small businesses stretch their IT budgets further.
With the cloud, there’s no more concerns about running out of disk space to store your business’ data. One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the ability to scale up (or down) to meet demands almost instantly. Compare this with the lead time in procuring new IT hardware and configuring them, which usually takes several days or even weeks.
The Cloud also allows your business to deploy applications faster to market, as well as enabling you to onboard new employees fast, just provide access to systems in the cloud for new joiners, rather than downloading installing and configuring applications for them.
Better security and reliability
Could providers offer greater security and protection, since they have the infrastructure to store your data on several different servers. If one server goes down, other servers can take over the workload. Also, due to economies of scale cloud providers can employ enterprise level security and monitoring tools to identify and correct threats and failures in real-time. This is especially true as physical on-site hardware begins to age.
Today’s workplace is all about teamwork, and the cloud can make collaboration work for your business. Cloud tools such as shared calendars, video conferencing and chat as well as the ability to share files (without needing to e-mail files backwards and forwards) enable office bound as well as remote employees to work together in real time via almost any device with an Internet connection. Software tools such as Office 365 or Google Apps offer various collaboration features across several platforms.
Secure data backup
Data backup and storage are the most common uses of cloud for business. As a small or medium business owner, you are likely aware of the importance of backing up your data so you don’t lose everything in the case of a system failure, natural disaster (such as fire or flood), malfunction, theft or malware/ransomware attack . The cloud simplifies this backup approach and replicates your data offsite in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Contact Evolocity today, to learn how we can assist reducing your CAPEX and transition data to the cloud.