I’m sure by now you’ve already heard what business cloud is, but are you compelled enough to try it out for your own business? Is it time to move to the cloud? There are numerous reasons to do so, but ultimately it makes good business sense. It makes you do more with less – I personally call it palpable efficiency. Cloud computing allows you to concentrate on what’s important: your business.
Cloud computing can be utilized for most types of applications and not just for business security. Cloud computing isn’t that hard to grasp, it just means saving you a lot of money – especially if you’re a small business.
Many industry people will tell you what cloud computing is and what it isn’t, but personally it’s what we call software as service (SaaS), set up in an easier, more comprehensive and effective way.
Fully-Utilized Hardware. There are many reasons for applying cloud computing, but perhaps the best benefit is efficiency, it provides high utilization and smooth operation even during peaks and through heavy workloads. The load is shared with other organizations’ computing requirements. This lets the cloud-computing provider, optimize the needs of its data centers, which results in lower costs for all subscribers.
Lower People Costs. Good IT people are expensive; their salaries, benefits, and other employment costs normally outweigh the costs of software and hardware requirements of the company. And you’ll need to add the cost of employing good staff with good experience. Moving to the cloud lets you shift the money to the provider’s staffing costs. This is usually a much smaller amount than if you facilitate all that work in-house. This way, you can redeploy your valuable IT people to areas that make more money for the business.
It’s needed more than ever. Cloud computing is now a proven technology that boosts the productivity, security and overall efficiency of any business model. There are hundreds of services out there, so you have to decide the right one for you. The advantages of iiNet’s cloud computing, for example, includes flexible billing model that scales with your business needs, no lock-in contracts and enterprise level service level agreement with 99.9% availability uptime.
Flexibility without redundancy. Running and maintaining your own hardware is both expensive and time-consuming. You have to purchase more hardware in case of errors/failure. In other cases, you need to back up everything with duplicate hardware. Having spares lying idle is just an expensive way to maximize uptime. Cloud computing stores your information in their expansive and secured data centers, mirroring your data and applications across at least two of them. That’s a lot less expensive way of doing it.
Zero Capital. Running your own servers means large up-front capital costs. However, in the world of cloud computing, financing that capital outlay is someone else’s problem. You might counter that the accounting wizards can do their amortization expertise with your own server and make it appear as if the costs are spread over the server’s life. But that money still has to come from somewhere – be it a line of credit or actual money.