8 reasons why you should switch to cloud computing

Don’t be left behind!  Cloud computing is now more the new norm.  Storing information and using software hosted on the Internet has many advantages as opposed to traditional IT solutions.

Here are 8 reasons why small businesses are switching to cloud computing.

1. Save money

Traditionally, a small business spends money licensing software or buying packages to install or download onto individual computers. Cloud computing, on the other hand, can provide ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) – including many programs that are available individually.

They’re stored on a service provider’s remote servers instead of on your hard drive or network so you don’t need a high-end computer to use them.

The automation provided by cloud computing also saves costs. Many companies have slashed their IT overheads because their service providers are directly taking care of updates and program maintenance for them.

2. Save time

Cloud computing was developed to be an on-tap service that requires little knowledge or input from the end user. As such, cloud computing has done away with the end user having to install programs, download updates. You won’t have to stop work for a download bar to fill on your screen or an IT staff member to install a program.

3. Share more

Staff don’t have to rely on email to contend with location issues. For example, a colleague on a fact-finding trip to Shanghai could find a company document online, rather than waiting for co-workers back at the office to find and email it.

4. Flexibility

Data storage is one of the core SaaS offerings of cloud computing – it allows even large corporates to access huge databases of information without having to operate their own floors of servers.

This outsourcing means that instead of having to invest in more hard drives and servers to increase capacity, a growing business can simply store everything on the cloud. All you need is an Internet connection and devices to access it.

5. Improve reliability

Cloud computing is proving that software as a service, rather than as a product, is more reliable. With so many people using a single program, instead of everyone using individual copies, service providers are directly managing software and being updated about issues immediately.

Fewer problems are arising because software isn’t being downloaded onto individually customised computers containing other programs and systems that the software might not be compatible with.

6. Mobility

It’s almost as if cloud computing was designed specifically for mobile devices because you don’t rely on the device itself for storage capacity. You don’t have to email documents from home to work computers anymore.

7. Security

Security is the biggest issue people have with cloud computing because users have to hand over responsibility for data security to their service providers.

Cloud computing always makes sense when it comes to guarding against physical theft, such as a break-in at a business’s premises. However, the hacking or system failure of servers containing masses of user data remains a concern.

8. Quicker disaster recovery

Backing up important documents on a separate hard drive is important, whether you’re using cloud computing or not. But in the case of a natural disaster that denies you access to your premises, cloud computing can be advantageous.

Because you can access your documents anywhere there’s an Internet connection, cloud computing can be a vital tool to ensure business continuity.

Final thoughts

Progressing forwards with technology allows your business to scale whilst staying lean, productive and more efficient.  It also keeps you fresh and relevant to your customers.

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