Today, businesses and industries are turning to cloud services considering the benefits and cost savings. The prime reason for worry was the trustworthiness of the security compliance of the infrastructure IaaS provider. Majority of the service providers have addressed the security concerns by adapting multiple layers of security features that make it extremely difficult for anyone to gain unauthorized access to the data.
Cited below are a few reasons to embrace cloud computing for business.

Flexible Costs
Cloud computing is based on a “pay-per-use” pricing model. This means that businesses can increase or upscale the compute capacity to take care of the peak hours and downscale during off-peak or lean hours. Thus, they are not paying the same high costs for all the 24 hours of the day. Rather, they are optimizing both – the usage costs as well as the capacity.

Security
Lost devices like laptops, tablets, mobile devices, etc, pose security threats to the business. With cloud computing, sensitive data can be securely stored in the cloud and can be accessed from any device from any location. Cloud computing also provides a facility to manage devices. Hence, if a device goes into the wrong hands, this device can either be locked or erased thus adding an additional layer of security to sensitive data.

Provides more with less
By embracing cloud computing, companies are effectively reducing their overheads in terms of servers, storage, software licenses, related IT staff. They are availing the same features plus additional benefits at a fraction of the costs by migrating to the cloud. They don’t have to worry about the security and compliance aspects as this has already been addressed by the cloud service providers. Apart from cost savings, cloud computing is also adding value to the cost.

Software Updates
An important aspect of cloud computing is server updates and maintenance. Conventional systems are tedious to update and maintain without downtime. However, cloud computing has solved this issue by providing updates on the fly and zero downtime. This increases productivity and efficiency.

Document Control
The general processes followed by businesses for document management, is the process. First, there is a document writer, then there is a reviewer followed by an approver. This is then rolled out to the consumer or end user of this document. In the conventional systems, multiple copies of the same document had to be made and distributed.

A single change to be communicated to all the stakeholders and need to be rolled out to all copies of the document. This is a herculean task. Cloud computing solves this problem in a huge way by enabling multiple people to work on the same document simultaneously while maintaining the revision history. This streamlined method of document collaboration has granted better visibility to the concerned stakeholders and they individually do not have to maintain different versions of the same document.

This indicative but not exhaustive list gives a few benefits that businesses have gained after moving to the cloud.

  • Flexibility
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Automatic Software Updates
  • Capital Expenditure Fee
  • Increased Collaboration
  • Work from Anywhere
  • Document Control
  • Multiple Security levels compliant with various industry standards.
  • Competitiveness
  • Environment Friendly
  • On Demand Scalability

 

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