Over the years, the presence of the cloud has been felt in every industry and in millions of enterprises worldwide. A 2015 survey by Computerworld Forecast indicates that, due to economic pressures and the increasingly mobile nature of business, more companies are currently migrating into cloud systems instead of spending more money on big infrastructure.
What could account for this sea change? What makes the cloud so special? The following list sheds some light on how this technology can benefit enterprises both large and small.
Mobility and Collaboration
The cloud widens the definition of the work space. This technology lets your employees stay productive whether or not they are physically in the office.
Cloud applications help workers who often need to travel abroad, or are stuck at home due to inclement weather or other disasters. They may download, edit and sync files at anytime from anywhere that has an internet connection, which explains why we now have more telecommuters than ever before.
Since the cloud lets you work from anywhere at anytime, it also fosters collaboration. Web applications such as Google Apps and Amazon Workspaces allow colleagues to work on the same projects simultaneously.
When the markets shifts and new opportunities open up, leaders know that agility is the name of the game. But more often than not, traditional infrastructure may not be up to scratch and will require additional upgrades or replacements in order to meet new demands.
Cloud computing solves this by providing the necessary infrastructure on demand. What’s easier and faster than simply renting the additional computing power or database space that you require? And with these resources at your fingertips, you also benefit with faster time to market for your products.
Perhaps the most influential benefit for company leaders, cloud computing lowers the capital and operational costs of running a business. Instead of shelling out money to build a data center, it can be faster and more cost-effective to build one in the cloud, where the infrastructure is already in place and ready for use.
Furthermore, cloud computing eliminates the need to maintain your hardware with expensive upgrades or new installations. It also removes the need for expensive IT maintenance teams and lowers energy costs.
The best part of this is that the most successful cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, actually lower their prices over time, thanks to economies of scale. As more people adopt the AWS cloud, the provider passes on more of their savings to their customers.
AWS even gives you the option for a spot market, wherein virtual computing resources only activate when their operation costs hits your preferred price point.
Related to cost-effectiveness, you only pay for the resources you use in the cloud. This means you can scale your usage up or down as demand dictates.
If today your website requires more computing power to handle a spike in video streaming, you can provision the resources you need in matter of moments.
When the demand drops, you can then scale back your usage. This also eliminates the need to dispose of unnecessary hardware or machines that have reached their end-of-life.
Many CEO’s think having their own infrastructure means it’s more secure than the cloud. Not necessarily.
The physical security of cloud data centers is often better than on-premise, with military grade 24/7 security. Moreover, cloud providers follow rigorous security standards. After all, without security of data, these providers don’t have a business.
Lastly, cloud technology has the added benefit of giving you an additional option for back up and data recovery. In the event of a catastrophic shutdown, such as fire or an earthquake, you can resurrect your data from your cloud backup in a matter of hours, not days, as with traditional servers.
Ultimately, security is a two-way street. While cloud providers maintain the integrity of the cloud itself, clients must also maintain their security within the cloud by ensuring compliance among the members of their organization.
NASA scientists have called the cloud a technological innovation accelerator, and for good reason.
Cloud computing frees your IT staff from the menial job of continually maintaining your data center. Instead of maintenance, they can spend more time on problem-solving and coming up with innovations.
Because of the ease and reasonable cost of provisioning resources, this technology emboldens workers to experiment with solutions. Using the cloud, it is possible to solve problems that could never have been approached before, as demonstrated in this Cycle Computing story below.
The cloud is truly a strategic game-changer that any organization can benefit from. And unlike other trends, this technology has gotten better and is seen to generate wider use in the years to come.
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