In the modern day, changes and improvements take place almost ‘on the hour-every hour’, and one can barely keep pace with the benefits that each of these changes bring.
One such improvement is the almost universal acceptance of cloud computing as the new and improved platform for enterprises and companies, both large and small.
Cloud computing does provide companies with many benefits, and we will take a look at these later in the article. Before that, however, let us explain what cloud computing is all about.
Cloud computing, if you are unaware, is the modern-day practice of carrying out computing from remote servers through the World Wide Web.
These servers or ‘large hard disks’ are located remotely or ‘in the cloud’, and can be accessed through the Internet so as to process, store and manage data, besides also allowing users access to analytics, software and databases.
Therefore, in the case of cloud computing, the user does not store, manage or process data on his or her local computer, but instead stores this information in the cloud.
Now, let’s take a look at the 5 key benefits of cloud computing:
1. Cost effective
By opting for cloud computing, as opposed to traditional in-house servers, companies can significantly reduce costs which would otherwise be incurred on the housing, maintenance and repairs of the in-house servers and related hardware.
That aside, by choosing cloud computing, businesses need not employ or set aside teams for the timely and regular maintenance of the in-house servers, instead these resources can be effectively deployed elsewhere.
Therefore, by choosing the cloud computing platform over the more traditional form of computing, companies can save more working capital.
2. Nimbleness & Flexibility
Small companies and start-ups are required to be flexible and ‘light on their feet’, and therefore able to change, adapt and re-allocate resources as and when required – and be able to do so quickly.
Therefore, by choosing cloud computing as their platform, they can do exactly that!
The cloud computing option ensures that companies need not sink their resources into in-house servers and other related hardware in anticipation of growth.
Instead, companies can use their resources in areas of business that need them the most, and can increase or decrease their cloud server space accordingly.
In order to do this, they only need to contact their cloud computing service provider, and the service provider will get it done in a jiffy.
3. Shared resource
A key feature of cloud computing is the sharing of server space, hardware and other resources by a large group of companies and individuals.
Therefore, as a result, a company need not spend unnecessary resources and man-hours on the maintenance of in-house servers.
Given this situation, the shared resources and servers ensure that the company has a significantly lower carbon footprint, and this also ensures that the company uses its resources in a more optimum manner.
Thus, cloud computing can bring down dependency on energy and resources.
4. Professionalism & Reliability
As previously stated, cloud computing has been largely accepted by companies as their preferred platform, and in keeping with this, there are a large number of cloud computing service providers.
The vast majority of these providers need to be competitive and reliable in order to survive. As a result, these providers are very reliable and professional in their service, and companies can greatly depend on them.
This dependability and reliability is the main reason why companies have been moving towards cloud computing.
5. Business sense
From a businessman’s point of view, cloud computing and the improvements and benefits that it brings, makes perfect sense. A typical business, especially a young and upcoming one, or even a start-up, has many hurdles to overcome in order for it to be successful.
Besides this, there are many facets of business that need to be mastered in order for the company to be successful or meet it targets. In this complex and troubled situation, cloud computing is the ray of light that most companies need.
A reliance on cloud computing takes away the unnecessary hassles, headaches and resources that in-house servers would involve.
Therefore, companies can choose to take up the cloud computing platform, and reduce their worries and burdens. Appropriately also, companies can instead choose to channel these resources, energies and time into core business activities for better business results.
As can be clearly seen by the benefits above, cloud computing presents companies with many rewards and benefits, and we strongly suggest that companies take advantage of this.