Cloud computing is defined as “the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.” Cloud computing offers businesses several benefits. Here are our top 5 business benefits of cloud computing:
Traditional computing requires a lot of hardware, equipment, software, power and a team of professionals to maintain and keep a data center running efficiently. A company will have to spend quite a bit in startup costs and then some to keep everything maintained throughout the years. With cloud computing, the cost associated with running a successful data center can be significantly reduced and potentially eliminated because it requires less hardware and facilities to operate.
Work from Anywhere
Working in the cloud gives you and your team the ability to work anywhere at any time, as long as you have an internet connection. More and more of today’s workforce is working remotely from the office; whether that be out at client’s facility for a meeting or working from the comforts of home; offering flexible work arrangements is a growing trend that isn’t going away. A study found that those who work remotely were not only more satisfied with their jobs and the company they work for but were more productive, less stressed and missed fewer days from work.
Increased Collaboration and Productivity
Because cloud computing allows you to work at anytime anywhere; the ability for team members to share information and work seamlessly on projects is increased tenfold. Team members are able to file share, collaborate and communicate much more efficiently and effectively by having an all access pass in real time. No longer are projects held up because Jimmy forgot to attach a document in an email.
Additionally, having access to company files and documents while out in the field as fast as your internet connection will allow, helps to boost productivity and communication.
Security is actually stronger and safer when using the cloud because of the high standard in place through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Cloud providers must comply with ISO security standards and are open to regular audits.
It’s also worth noting that computers can easily become broken, lost or even stolen. How does this relate to security you may be wondering? Well, not all is lost. Because of cloud computing, you will still be able to access your information and data – which is secured through the use of the strong access codes and firewalls – just on a different device.
Cloud computing is a great way for companies to reduce their carbon footprint and go green. Because you are able to customize the cloud space to what your business will actually use and need, you are not using unnecessary resources.
Are you ready to cut the cord? At Essential Solutions, we have a number of cloud-based services we can implement for your business. Give us a call today for a free consultation!