It is 2019 and if you are still using an old-school network server for your company, then
a) you had been hibernating,
b) you don’t want to taste success.
If you do not keep pace with technological advancement, you will eventually fall back and lose the race. But you certainly would not want that, right? Your company is your brainchild, and you would do anything to keep it up and about.
With most businesses switching from their existing applications to cloud-based services, cloud adoption is the central tenet of today’s IT organizations. In the past, people would run applications on a computer. However, cloud computing has given us the gift of being able to access files stored in the applications through the internet.
If the reports are right, then by the end of 2019, cloud computing can be expected to become the new normal with 90% of businesses converting to cloud services. If you want to keep pace with your contenders, you too would want to move to the cloud.
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8 Essential Benefits of Cloud Computing
1. Be penny-wise and pound-wise
Why would you want to increase your expenses when there is a cheaper option available? As a business owner, you must be looking for ways that can help you cut down on your costs. I have good news that can take you floating on the 9th ‘cloud’.
As compared to indigenous ways of saving your files, cloud services are quite cheaper. You do not need to pay for power, space, security, insurance, and maintenance of the hardware.
Moreover, it is usually a one-time investment (but that depends on the service provider, of course) and you get value for your money with a good ROI. There is no need for spending all your savings on hardware since everything is hosted on the servers of the provider. And it isn’t just the additional costs that you save on. Imagine all the space you get to use when you finally get rid of the Brobdingnagian hardware equipment.
2. Decide the price you pay
In the case of a personal data center, you have to buy and install a new server every time there is the need to increase computing resources. By now you already know how expensive that is, don’t you? When you move to cloud computing, you get the option to pay as per your requirement (thanks to the feature of scalability).
This means that you can increase your computing capacity as per your requirements and combat an unexpected peak in website traffic. Once the peak comes down, you remove the additional resources you had hired. With the option to pay as you go, you only pay for the days you have used the extra resources without permanently upgrading to a bigger package.
3. Better flexibility for better productivity
When you migrate to cloud computing, you receive the green signal to access all your files even out of the workplace. This helps if you have remote employees who work on assignments from home.
Even for your in-house employees, you can give them the prerogative to work from home when they want (without having to bat an eyelid about the loss of work). Although, I strictly recommend that you do not ask your employees to work from home after their work shift gets over.
If you are thinking this solely benefits the employees, then think about the amount of office space that you can cut down on (and, office rent too!). As a result, you cut down on conveyance costs for employees as well as basic amenities.
4. Minus the mound of unused equipment
Once you buy new hardware or a server, what do you do with the other one? Redundancy is a common affair in technology and in the computer programming world. What is useful today may cease to be of use tomorrow. And that goes for the new equipment that you just bought too! Another problem that you face is that of emergencies.
When the demand for a new server comes up, it may not be possible for you to get the server up and running on time. The very minute you switch to cloud computing, all these problems vanish in a blink. You can simply delete old files with just a click and restore your cloud server to factory settings to get back what you had started with.
5. No downtime losses
Imagine this scenario – You are about to seal a deal with a client, and the server stops responding. Sounds like the worst nightmare for a business owner, doesn’t it? Downtime is the biggest foe that a business owner has to defend at regular intervals. The loss of productivity and time (and, measurable business results) that your business suffers every time the server is down is quite impossible to ignore.
Moreover, the problem of downtime is one that cannot be solved immediately. Unless the IT guys come to your rescue, all you can do is sit back and do nothing. Cloud hosting, however, removes the risk of downtime. Since you will be hosted on virtual machines, the issue can be averted by migrating between the clustered servers. There are no risks of hard disk failure either.
6. As fast as the Flash!
If you want to stay ahead in the race, you need to be faster. Well, sadly our employees are only human, and you cannot expect them to work at superhuman speed. But our cloud servers definitely can! Most cloud service providers update their technology continually and offer high-performance servers with the aid of super-fast SSD drives and powerful CPUs.
In case the servers are busy, the load is distributed on the clustered servers so that no single server has to suffer the brunt of over-performance issues. Moreover, with so many servers put to work together, you will take lesser time to run heavy apps. There is more to it. Cloud servers come with the bonus benefit of AI and machine learning applications that you can use to pace up your business operations.
7. The cloud keeps all your secrets intact
A throwback to 2014, the Starwood hotel brands, a flourishing hospitality chain under the parentage of Marriot International, had to suffer one of the biggest data breaches of the 21 st century when the data of 500 million customers was stolen. Imagine that happening to your business; all your quality leads are in the hands of a greedy contender.
Now, if you want to protect the information of your business, then I suggest you switch to cloud hosting at this very moment (or after reading this post, maybe). Cloud servers are programmed with stringent security regulations that will help you protect your business against external hacking as well as internal data theft. The intrusion prevention systems can detect threats even before they reach your server, thus notifying you well before time.
8. A gift for the nature lover in you
If you want to do your part as an earthling, then cloud computing can be a significant step towards healing the world. As soon as you move your system to the cloud, you can directly contribute to reducing your carbon footprint.
Since there are no servers and hardware junk to keep cool, you can cut down on air-conditioning as well as the power used. Cloud servers use energy in a much more efficient way, thus reducing energy wastage.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) takes over the world, the amount of data that businesses collect and the process is expected to increase exponentially. It is only a cloud server that can store and process enormous quantities of data under one roof. Since it also happens to be the most cost-effective option for storing, I barely think that you would want to stick with your local servers anyway.
So what are you waiting for? Contact a cloud service provider near you and get your business flying as high as a cloud floating in the sky of success.