The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology define cloud computing as “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” In layman’s terms, it is essentially moving some or all of your IT infrastructure and operations over to someone else and accessing it via the internet. There are many other definitions available and this is all good and well… yet it brings to light the key question, what can the cloud do for my business?
Here are a few potential key benefits to moving parts of your business onto the cloud:
- Mobility– Data that is stored on the cloud can be made accessible from any device anywhere. This provides more opportunity for employees to work remotely, and have access to information while outside of the office.
- Reliability – Having all your data stored on a server you maintain poses a risk if something were to happen to that device, whether it’s an equipment failure, a power surge, or a disaster. Cloud stored data is routinely backed up at an off-site location, often at multiple locations, to ensure it is always safe and available
- Lower Costs – When storing data in-house, you take on all the expenses of server maintenance, software licensing, and upgrade expenses. Utilizing the cloud means you are only paying for the services you use. This allows for greater flexibility and can be scaled according to the growth and needs of your business.
Cloud computing in some fashion, can make sense for most any business of every size. It is worth investing some time to research where it could be a wise decision. It may take some education to get all personnel on board as it does require a shift in culture. Often looking at moving smaller applications to the cloud is an easy start. However, whether we embrace the cloud now or put it off a few years, it’s only going to be a more dominant presence in the years ahead and it’s not going away.
Contact ComAudit to help review your infrastructure and help design the perfect low cost Cloud based solution for your business.