Increased flexibility, scalability, collaboration, security and changing payment terms from upfront to monthly - there are many reasons why businesses are moving to the cloud. Here's our top 10.
1. Opex not capex model
Running your own servers means buying hardware. This cost can be spread over the server’s life, but it still involves paying for them up front. This money could be invested elsewhere within the business. An operational rather than a capital model for expenditure makes business sense!
2. Optimised hardware
Having servers lying idle at non-peak times leads to unnecessary expense. Cloud computing ensures costs are more balanced over peak and non-peak times. With scalability on a shared server infrastructure you’re not paying for un-used capacity.
3. Staff resource allocation
Moving to the Cloud frees up the time IT staff spend on maintaining and monitoring hardware, checking backups etc. as the responsibility shifts to the Cloud Service Provider. This leaves staff in a better position to concentrate on tasks that drive your business forward.
4. Power Savings
Your Cloud Service Provider will utilise their server hardware much better than you would be able to do in your own datacentre. With specially designed, power efficient cooling systems and by operating to official environmental standards, datacentre operators work hard to reduce their carbon footprint. This optimisation means more efficient use of energy and results in lower costs to customers for power usage.
5. A Cloud to fit your business needs
There are a number of Cloud solutions available depending on your business: Public Cloud for non-sensitive and/or unpredictable workloads; Private Cloud for mission-critical and security conscious operations; or a Hybrid Cloud combining the best of both and even your traditional environment.
6. Disaster Recovery
Cloud can help all sizes of organisation to invest in disaster recovery. Cloud-based backup and recovery solutions are huge time savers as well as cost savers.
7. Flexibility / Scalability
As you grow, your Cloud services can grow with you. Cloud is often referred to as 'elastic computing'; there’s flexibility to scale up and down according to demand, all the time only paying for what you are using.
8. Collaborative Working
Cloud tools make it easier to communicate and share documents in real time within the same office or working remotely from different locations in different time zones. Software as a Service allows you to be more agile as a business and if you can’t manage it yourself, then using a Cloud Service Provider to do this can truly enable your organisation.
Your own employees are the most likely source of a security lapse. If your information is in the Cloud you can access it regardless of what happens to the machine it’s stored on.
10. Better business focus
Cloud enables start-ups to be lean and mean from the off. With immediate and low cost access to enterprise-class IT infrastructure, this accommodates future growth. Cloud allows SMEs access to a huge range of computer storage and network resources. It’s less expensive than doing it in-house and means you can focus on running your business. Cloud enables Enterprises to drive down costs, increase operational efficiency and meet much more complex hosting requirements.