Cloud-based technology is becoming increasingly popular. In 2006 the term become the latest buzzword for the computing industry, but it’s only in the last few years that cloud-based services have really begun to take off.
So what are the benefits?
Companies, big or small can now meet their businesses demands quickly. People can be added instantly to the cloud-based networks without much effort at all. This also means employees can work and collaborate from anywhere in the world, so long as they have Internet access.
Complex disaster recovery plans become much simpler as you are relying on the cloud-based system to take care of your problems. This doesn’t mean it is full proof, but problems tend to be dealt with much quicker.
Automatic software updates
Cloud-based services are updated and maintained by the supplier, not the customer, so people have more time for other tasks and less to worry about.
A typical cloud-based service uses a pay-as-you-go model. This means that there is no need for capital upfront. Companies that use cloud applications spend 40% less on personnel than those that deploy on-premise software. Another benefit to note is as it’s faster to deploy, businesses spend less time getting it up and running and therefore invest more time in their business.
Laptops get lost and hard drives break or get stolen, which causes some serious privacy threats and costs for a company. When everything is stored in the cloud, it can always be accessed no matter what happens to the physical hardware.
Customers that use the cloud only use the space they need on the server. Less energy consumption reduces their carbon footprint by at least 30% compared to on-site servers.
The benefits are clearly there, especially for newer SMEs, but not every company is suited to cloud-based technology. This could of course change in the future, but it’s important for software providers not to exclude the larger corporates.
Some larger corporations have large teams that manage all of their on-site servers. Cloud technology would reduce the amount of jobs in that organisation and mean long-term processes and management structures would be banished.
The best of both worlds
Look for a provider that offers both a cloud-based service and on-premise option. Then if the time comes to adopt a cloud-based service, it is just a simple swap over for your company.