Cloud Computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
Businesses can benefit from cloud computing in a number of ways depending on which type of cloud computing they opt for.
Advantages of cloud computing are:
Reduced spending on infrastructure
Infrastructure costs are taken care of by the cloud-provider. You also save time since your staff no longer need to spend time maintaining, updating and installing new hardware. With the cloud, they can focus on other tasks.
Your software selection is no longer limited to your choice of on-premise database, OS or hardware capabilities. Most cloud services provide ways to integrate with other services–letting you cherry-pick the software that best fits your needs.
Before the cloud, if you needed extra servers or storage capacity, you had to buy and install it which can take some time. With the cloud, you can scale up in minutes.
In the past, your data and applications were only available from the office. With cloud computing, you can work from anywhere.
Easy & speed of deployment
Speed is one of the biggest advantages to the cloud. In the past, it could take months to deploy a new system. With cloud computing you can be up and running in minutes.
There are considerations to be made before moving to the cloud, such as how easy it is to move away from the cloud-solution provider if you choose to in the future, or the legal implications of storing sensitive data on a cloud server. Questions about security, encryption and the physical location of the data-centres used to store your data can arise depending on the industry you’re in.
We can evaluate your setup and your business processes to advise whether it is worthwhile moving some of all of your business infrastructure to the cloud and assist you in doing so.
Phone 01372 46 4321 for assistance.