When it comes to technology, you can never really know right from the start which trend is going to stick and which one will fade, so it’s not really a surprise that a lot of people were skeptical when cloud computing made an entry to the scene. Sure, the technology was still in its infancy and implementation was far from what we know today, but even so, cloud computing proved that the concept has a tremendous potential, and that it will forever change the world of technology and business. Fast forward to today, cloud computing is the ultimate technology to use in any field of work, with the most noticeable results in business environments. Simply put, whoever uses cloud computing in their business today has the upper hand. If you’re not convinced, here are the five ultimate reasons to consider cloud computing for your business.
It’s cheap and easy to implement
Cloud computing starts with a major advantage right off the bat; no huge upfront costs to get started. With a traditional IT infrastructure you’ll be looking forward to significant costs to design, buy and configure the equipment of your infrastructure before you get started. Cloud computing is much simpler – you just need to make an accurate estimate of your needs and then seek a cloud computing provider that has those services in its portfolio. With cloud computing, you’ll be ready to get rolling in days, as opposed to weeks or even months it would take to have everything ready if you go the traditional way.
It’s cheap to operate and maintain
With the risk of being repetitive, cloud computing is cheap, and not only to implement, but to operate as well. The reason we stress so much on this aspect is because, when running a business, every cost is important. Traditional infrastructure is prone to problems, so you’ll need to be ready to deal with them and have the necessary staff to solve them. Cloud computing completely removes this risk, as your whole infrastructure is in the cloud, and it’s the provider that has to deal with any issues. You will need to be cautious when choosing the provider, though, as you’ll want one that handles problems efficiently and doesn’t cause noticeable downtime for your business.
Unless we’re talking about huge corporations with virtually unlimited resources, the brain of an in-house network is in most cases a closet with a few server racks and a few UPS units. Power generators, backup Internet connections and other redundancy options are just nice dreams in most cases. Here’s where cloud computing wins again: since cloud computing providers actually make a living out of providing these services, they usually take all the possible precautions to ensure that their service is reliable. Data centers have protections for pretty much any type of event, from power losses to network failures, and on-site staff is available around the clock to make sure that everything works as it should.
It’s always up to date
One of the major advantages of cloud computing is that the technology used by the providers is in most cases the most recent one available. Because we’re talking a highly competitive market, service providers are forced to go the extra mile to acquire and retain customers, which is a big win for you, the customer.
At the opposite pole, an in-house infrastructure is prone to become obsolete pretty fast, and because the costs of upgrading and all that hassle that comes with such process can be highly disruptive for your business, you’ll most likely end up using obsolete equipment, thus endangering the proper operation of your business.
Efficiency is probably the biggest advantage of cloud computing – not only does the technology mold to your needs, growing and shrinking as your business does, but it also provides you with innovative ways of carrying out your business. The best example in this manner is the ability to work remotely – you can get access to your files and computational horsepower from anywhere in the world with just a laptop and an Internet connection. Good luck trying to do that with a traditional infrastructure. Sure, it’s still do-able, but just how safe and convenient is the entire process? Exactly!
By Davis Miller and Conosco.com!