While most people are familiar with using the cloud as a way to backup files, photos, and other information, fewer understand how cloud computing can be implemented throughout an entire business. In its simplest form, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. Rather than running programs or software that has been downloaded to a specific physical computer, users are able to access different files and applications through the internet.
The cloud continues to increase in popularity, especially among small businesses. In fact, CRN estimated that nearly $100 billion was spent on cloud computing services in 2014.
Below are five of the many reasons why more and more businesses are switching to the cloud.
1. Meet changing demands
When a company outgrows their bandwidth, upgrading their operating system can take months to accomplish, costing the business both time and money. However, with the cloud the system can automatically update itself as bandwidth needs increase. This flexibility allows you to focus on your business rather than estimating your bandwidth needs.
2. Work from anywhere
With a cloud operating system, employees have the freedom to work from anywhere without needing to copy files or programs onto their home computers. In addition, this gives more employees the ability to telecommute, improving their productivity and work-life balance. As many as 42% of working adults said they would take a pay cut if they were given the ability to telecommute.
3. Lower costs
Cloud computing allow businesses to spend less on expensive licenses for software and programs. In addition, businesses can spend less on infrastructure; the money previously spent maintaining servers and software can instead be used to improve services for customers.
4. Recover quickly from disasters
When using cloud computing services, companies erase the need for complex backup and disaster recovery plans. In fact, the Aberdeen Group found that when using the cloud, businesses were able to resolve software or system issues in an average of 2.1 hours; businesses using traditional servers took an average of nearly 8 hours to recover.
5. Smoother acquisitions
Mergers between businesses – or even between departments within the same company – can often last for months as data, information, and files are transferred and compiled into a singular operating system. When using the cloud, this transition can be done quickly and with a minimal amount of lost time, allowing things to get back to business as usual much faster.