There’s little doubting the influence technology and the internet have had on the world of business. From networking and data storage to the internet’s omnipotent growth, the last thirty years have seen a shift change in how and where we work.
However, technology doesn’t stand still and, as the world goes increasingly mobile and connection speeds continue to increase, one service is coming increasingly to the fore – namely, cloud computing.
What is cloud computing – a beginner’s guide
In essence, the term ‘cloud computing’ describes any computing service performed remotely, outside the confines of the device you’re using, typically delivered over the internet by a professional cloud service provider. Cloud services can include anything from running applications online to storage solutions or utilizing the processing power of remote, larger machines.
Remote computers – designed for the purpose to empower your business
While there’s nothing particularly new about the notion of using distant computers – after all, that’s pretty much how a web server works – the fundamental difference with cloud services is they are managed and designed for a purpose. Most cloud services are platform-agnostic, meaning you can run your own preferred Operating System and choice of software remotely without issue.
Furthermore, cloud servers are designed with the Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription model in mind, meaning firms can easily upgrade or downgrade their platform requirements as required.
Why your company needs cloud computing
There are many compelling reasons why your company should look to outsourcing its IT provision to a cloud services provider – here are just five:
ONE – 24/7/365 back-up and security: Cybercrime is the greatest threat facing businesses today. In 2021, online crime is expected to generate $6 trillion globally (the figure was $3 trillion in 2015) – and by 2025, it’s expected to reach a staggering $10.5 trillion. Perhaps worse yet, an astonishing 76% of US firms reported falling victim to a cyberattack in 2019 alone. If you’re like most companies, data will be the lifeblood of your company and an essential part of your operations. By moving your IT systems to the cloud, you’ll benefit from 24/7/365 cybersecurity teams monitoring your all-important data – and backing it up too, should the worst happen.
TWO – Cloud services are scalable: Company fortunes ebb and flow, and your IT requirements will likely vary considerably from year to year – or even month to month. As cloud services are 100% scalable, they can grow as your company grows (or be downgraded should the need arise). Making changes to your service is as simple as sending an email request to your cloud provider.
THREE – Remote working capabilities: With cloud services, your team can start working remotely and collaborate on shared files and projects. This capacity became vital during the recent COVID pandemic as employees were forced to work from home – but it seems likely that remote-working is here to stay, even once the dangers of the virus subside.
FOUR – Providing processing grunt to low-power devices: The world of work is going increasingly mobile, and with better connections and the huge range of devices now available, out-of-office working is a trend that’s set to continue. Using cloud tech, your staff can draw on the tremendous power of remote machines to perform complex tasks on even the most basic-spec handhelds.
FIVE – Access to the best technology: Cloud providers invest huge sums ensuring they have the latest and greatest tech as this is typically their greatest selling point when enticing new clients. Outsourcing to a cloud provider will considerably reduce your IT equipment overhead while still ensuring you’re running the latest tech.