If you haven’t adopted cloud computing in your business yet, you’re missing out! We’ve put together this infographic to highlight the many benefits of cloud computing – in particular, the cost-saving and productivity benefits.
Many businesses and organisations take advantage of cloud computing technology. But how can it work for you?
- No need to have servers in-house. Your servers are in the cloud rather than in your office. All you need are PCs and laptops. You can even use thin client devices, which are very small, lightweight and efficient devices – which do very little processing. Instead, they merely connect to your cloud servers where all of the actual computing happens and relay that experience back to you.
- Minimal storage and processing power are needed on your devices, as all of the storage and computing happens in the data centre.
- You pay on a cost per user per month basis. You only pay for what you use. You’ll have no large up-front investments on servers and powerful PCs for everyone, and you won’t be underutilising servers any more!
- You won’t need to worry about servicing or upgrading server equipment, or managing server security updates and patches.
- With no servers in house, you could free up a considerable amount of space in your office.
- Access your applications and data from anywhere, with any device connected to the internet. This includes phones and tablets.
- Do you need to work late? You don’t need to stay in the office until 10 pm. Connect to the cloud at home and finish it off.
- Your organisation can take advantage of ‘hot-desking’. Employees can move around the office without moving equipment, and they can also use their own devices.
- Cloud computing is scalable to your business – You can grow as your business grows without needing to add new equipment – you just use more storage and processing power from the data centre.
- You never need to worry about transferring all of your files if you ever get a new device. They’re always in the cloud, not on a hard drive.
The days of in-house file servers are numbered. Here’s why:
- Cloud-based data storage is cheaper to buy and maintain.
- You don’t need a dedicated server room for storage.
- You can access your data 24/7; all you need is an internet connection.
Keeping your data online is safer than you think:
- All data is stored on secure, encrypted servers.
- Physical access to data centre hardware is controlled by biometric scanners.
- The likelihood of your data being hacked is minimal due to the high tech security features of the data centre.
- Disasters won’t affect your data. Your office could burn down and everyone could work from home. Your data would be safe in the data centre.
- If you ever lose your laptop, you can remotely restrict or stop it from access your cloud system so that no-one has access to your data if they find it. You won’t have lost anything – you can just replace it, connect to the cloud and carry on again.
- Cloud computing enables team members to collaborate on files from any location.
- You can make files private or public, giving you total access control.
- You can even share entire folders.
Green IT: Make your business more environmentally friendly with less energy consumption from bulky servers and cooling systems. The scale of data centres means they can be much more energy-efficient through the pooling of resources and economies of scale.
Did you want some cloud computing stats?
- British enterprises claim to have a relatively high rate of cloud adoption, with 41.9% of companies adopting some form of cloud service. This is compared to an average of 26.2% in EU nations (Cloud Computing News).
- 73% of senior SME decision-makers did not understand the cloud, with 10% holding their hands up to holding no knowledge on the subject at all (Computer Weekly).
- Providing data access from anywhere is the top reason for cloud adoption.
- About a third of companies’ IT budget goes to cloud services.
- Privacy, security and lack of staff training are the top roadblocks to cloud adoption.
- Hybrid cloud adoption is at 58%.
Managed service providers are ideally situated to step in and help customers take more steps into the cloud. Get in touch with us if you have any questions about cloud computing.