Cloud services are not a hype, but a solid part of our everyday business and personal lives. Cloud computing is a proven, mainstream solution for many SMBs.
Most cloud computing comes with good news. A survey conducted in 2013-2-14 long ago by CA Technologies by V.Bourne and L. Research indicates that there seem to be just a few negatives from end-users of the cloud:
According to Tech Insights Report: Cloud Succeeds. Now What?
Quote: “Use of cloud computing is becoming more mainstream, therefore cloud dominates endless discussions about whether it is over-hyped or really useful, whether large companies are using it, whether cloud adoption is being held back by security, and more. Cloud computing is delivering on all of the major promises vendors have made for it – it can save money and speed time to market. … the benefits of using cloud computing are by all accounts living up to the hype, and many of the predicted and/or perceived problems are not actually being reported.” –
Cloud is definitely here to stay. The market forecasts for cloud computing anticipate a big growth for the Cloud industry, at 30% and reaching $270 billion by the year 2020. More and more users turn to the latest technology for storage, sharing, and most commonly, using data not locally, but in a virtual space.
For SMBs, the benefits of the cloud are significant. Cloud Computing saves businesses time and money by boosting productivity, improving collaboration, and promoting innovation – all over the globe.
Here are just the top 5 (there are definitely more!) reasons why we love the cloud – and so should you!
Reason 1. Cost reduction = Significant Savings
A combined results of UK and US-based respondent analysis from a survey conducted by Rackspace in 2013 shows that due to cloud computing savings on infrastructure an average cost reduction is 23%, and profits are improved by an average increase of 22% . Furthermore, 62% of respondents stated that cloud computing is enabling their organizations to invest more money back into their businesses. Must be nice!
Compared to other industries, Business and Professional services save most on cloud IT solutions.
Reason 2. Ease of Use = Increased Productivity
When leveraging the cloud services, in addition to reducing the cost of ownership, operational expenses, and preserving capital, working in the cloud makes it easier for telecommuting. Analyst firm IDC forecasts the globally mobile employee numbers to reach 1.3 billion by 2015.
In the cloud environment, users can access all types of files, use applications as though they were in the office, and even collaborate remotely while working on the same project or during a Zoom/remote presentation on their device while being anywhere in the world. Even if you’re not at your office or your office server is not available, data in the cloud is always there, always up-to-date, always accessible, and is supported by Cloud professionals. Cloud’s scalability to quickly meet the demands of business, its flexibility, growing capacity, and steady support allow your business operations to keep running, to run better, and to increase employee satisfaction, collaboration, and productivity.
Reason 3. Professional Management = Superior Security
Devices such as computers, laptops, mobile phones, and other data carrying and processing gadgets can have issues, from getting damaged to being stolen. Device-related problems can result in losing important data, including both business and personal documents, image files, and more. In addition, data vulnerability can cause trouble for entities that are required to be compliant with mandatory security regulations (such as HIPAA rule for the Healthcare industry). With cloud computing solutions your data is secured and accessible through various endpoints, different devices, and from different locations. Moving to the cloud will save your business money for many types of data center workloads. The fact that Cloud Computing takes care of the backup and disaster recovery, and the suppliers manage software updates, data security in the cloud is superior to that in your physical location.
Reason 4. Cloud is Progressive = Continued Evolution
Now that Cloud proved to be a viable and valuable force, it will continue to evolve. Hosted Cloud Solutions become more advanced as IT companies have more vendor options. As vendors compete, IT support companies like ours pick and implement solutions that suit the needs of your business operations the best – with your business growth and advancement in mind. Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing are now changing the way IT departments play different, multiple roles within organizations, bringing businesses up to another level.
Reason 5. Energy Savings = Good for the Environment
While this unusually chilly and snowy winter can make you doubt the theory of global warming, if your company wants to do something about helping the environment, you will certainly do so by moving to the cloud. and getting greener in two ways: saving energy, and reducing carbon footprint.
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