The adoption of Cloud Computing by both business and government is growing rapidly as cloud based IT service providers are able to more effectively deliver IT outcomes. This shift from server to service-based computing is transforming the way IT departments provide for their organizations.
In today’s blog, our Senior Solution Architect and XHS Security Officer Amos Aesoph talks about five benefits organizations receive by moving to the cloud.
Data security is rapidly becoming a top priority for businesses. Threats like Cyberattacks, Ransomware, and even lost equipment can be disastrous. Because data is stored in the cloud, you have greater security against these threats plus the ability to access critical business information no matter what happens to your local machine.
“Operating in a cloud environment also reduces the need to have security experts on staff,” Aseoph said. “A reputable Cloud provider will adhere to third party validation standards like PCI, HIPAA, FedRAMP, and other advisory board regulations.”
These security standards combined with easily retrievable data and no additional head count, make Cloud Computing a cost effective, safe, and reliable networking alternative.
Cloud Computing is an ideal service for businesses with a growing or fluctuating demand for bandwidth because of the ease with which capacity can be scaled, up or down. Aesoph explains that the flexibility that comes with cloud services makes it easy for businesses to manage what they need:
“You can turn it on or turn it off whenever you want. Three or four months ahead of time, you can increase your capacity for your website or computing needs on the fly.”
This level of flexibility gives businesses using Cloud Computing a competitive advantage.
Built In Disaster Recovery
Having a disaster recovery plan is a critical business need. However, the initial cost and expertise required to set up a DR plan can be prohibitive, especially for smaller businesses. In fact, an Aberdeen Group study found that small businesses are less likely than mid-sized or large businesses to have a DR plan in place, but when they do it is twice as likely to be cloud based. Aesoph elaborates:
“Since your cloud service is hosted on someone else’s server or group of servers, if your facility were to take some sort of hit like a natural disaster, you don’t have to worry about having to recover the data into applications or into your servers. That’s all been taken care of by the cloud provider.”
Implementing a cloud computing environment makes disaster recovery more accessible to businesses of all sizes.
The ability to work from anywhere is a growing demand for many businesses as more work is done online. If your applications are hosted by a cloud provider, you have the ability to access the data any time you have connection to the internet.
“You can access your applications from hotels or you can access them from home. You don’t have to be within your corporate walls to access your applications that you need to do your daily job.”
With cloud, businesses will see increased productivity.
Operating Expenses vs. Capital Expenses
Working with a cloud provider dramatically reduces the capital expense for the hardware needed to maintain a secure and operational data network. With a cloud service, you simply pay as you go in a subscription-based contract shifting expense to the operational budget.
“A lot of companies like the ability to pay a little bit of money each month and have a repeatable or predictable monthly expense for their services. This is an appealing alternative to the capital expenses needed for a new server and the maintenance and training that goes along with it.”
Cloud computing is a reliable and secure infrastructure option that gives businesses computing capacity flexibility as well as the ability to future-proof IT. Because it is a subscription based service offering it delivers these benefits cost-effectively by minimizing IT’s impact on both the CapEx budget and the training needed by IT staff to maintain IT infrastructure. While the Cloud is just one part of what it takes to deliver satisfactory IT outcomes for an organization, its inherent benefits give IT departments greater ability to focus on transformational activities and deliver improved outcomes for the business.