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 7 reasons why you should move to the Cloud.
1. Monthly vs Upfront
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; a monthly payment model allows you to free up your cashflow allowing investment.
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, and 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 data centre. This optimisation means more efficient use of energy and results in lower costs to customers for power usage.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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 enables 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.