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10 Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has advanced rapidly in recent years due to developments in technology and business growth. There are many reasons why a company could benefit from storing their data in the Cloud but here are our top 10:

  1. To improve business agility- with a Cloud infrastructure set up, it’s very easy to expand on demand. Additional users can be easily added without the need to purchase new hardware and with flexible working; ‘hot desks’ can be attained with minimum disruption.
  2. Reducing capital costs- in most cases, a 3rd party supplier will be in charge of the relevant hardware meaning a company no longer has to purchase all of the equipment, maintain it and insure it. The costs for even a small data centre can be very expensive and require expensive specialist skills. Furthermore, as PC’s and Mac’s run their programs in the Cloud, their lifecycle extends from the current 3-5 years, to 5-7 years meaning a company only needs to purchase upgradable components, not units.
  3. Minimising power and space- by not needing to physically have hold of the IT equipment, (which can take up a lot of space and power) the office overhead costs reduce as you don’t need as much real estate or electricity.
  4. Centralising software- as businesses no longer need to buy or upgrade expensive software packages, Cloud platform software or Software as a Service (SaaS) is version-less. This means companies are always entitled to the most recent versions of Microsoft applications. When you want software to be updated thought the company, it can be done from one single point freeing up time and logistics.
  5. Improves security- as Cloud computing has evolved and people have gained a better understanding of how the technology works, it’s become more stable and secure. As well as having to adhere to strict ISO security standards (which we do http://www.signalnetworks.co.uk/it-consultancy/bs-isoiec-27001-iso-27002/ ) Cloud service providers are highly likely to invest heavily in security and provide resilient and secure data infrastructure.
  6. Frees up the IT managers time- as the Cloud unit isn’t on site, your IT staff don’t have to set it up, maintain it or upgrade it meaning they have more time to deal with any other IT related situations within the company.
  7. Increases competitiveness- as times get tougher, companies are often looking for ways to maintain they stay ahead of the competition. As Cloud computing requires less overhead costs than an onsite storage unit does, there is spare capital that could be invested in new staff, new facilities or anything else a company may require to take their business to the next level.
  8. Removes business risk- In a Cloud environment, all employees use one central, secure and resilient system to store their data. That data is then regularly backed up and maintained with advanced multi-layered security measures protecting it. Without this protection and backing up, a company is accessible to risk and leaves themselves open to serious consequences should all of their data be suddenly lost.
  9. Increases employee collaboration and productivity- by upgrading to modern equipment, not only does it look positive and forward thinking for a company’s employees, but it can free up any IT support staff’s time enabling them to be more productive. With a centralised platform, team members can sync up and work on documents and shared applications simultaneously. It also allows employees to receive critical updates in real time resulting in less delays, confusion and long streams of communication.
  10. Becoming environmentally friendly- using a Cloud service immediately reduces a company’s energy consumption and demand for power that is usually associated with running servers and keeping them cool. By also needing less equipment and hardware on site, it can also reduce the overall carbon footprint.

 

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