July 20th, 2017 by adminWhile the term cloud computing may conjure up images of sentient thunder clouds that crunch numbers and organize spread sheets, the reality is much less fantastical (sorry to disappoint).
Cloud computing is an important part of contemporary information technology. Cloud services keep businesses and their information connected at all times. 85 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, with that number growing every day. Gone are the days of having to turn servers off and on again in order to access basic information.
That’s all well and good though, but what exactly can cloud computing do for your business? What specifically is and is not cloud computing?
It’s Not Reliant on Old Servers
Cloud computing saves you money on infrastructure and operating costs. If your business has its own IT infrastructure then you are spending money on servers, electricity, space, upgrades, and in-house security. This is putting a heavy strain on your expenses. With cloud computing, there are servers already in place off-site. The cloud services provider will upgrade, maintain, and secure your hardware and software for you. Pretty good, right?
Switching to cloud computing saves your company money on hardware, too. You no longer have to spend money on upgrading old servers held together by sheer force of will and off-brand duct tape. Instead, you can reinvest in your business by expanding your reach, workforce, and client list. You can also focus on growing your business, instead of worrying about the physical maintenance of outdated servers or finding more space for new ones.
It’s Not Confined to One Office
You can access the cloud from any location where there is internet access. This allows your workforce a much greater degree of mobility and business reach. Your employees can access data outside of the office, allowing for better connection with clients.
Likewise, you can better connect with new clients by expanding your reach with a mobile or remote workforce. You attract more clients, the good word about your business spreads, and your business grows ahead of your competition.
In addition, you no longer have to worry about compatibility issues while accessing business information. Cloud computing allows for easy access from any device. You no longer have to spend time and money making sure everyone can access your office servers. With cloud computing, this is already taken into account.
It’s Not Saying a Prayer for an IT Network of Patched Holes
Cloud computing improves both IT network security and general business security. With an in-house IT network, you have to manage security yourself. If you have an aging network then there multiple easy access points for hackers and malware. Cloud computing centralizes your information in one location on servers off site. The cloud provider maintains around the clock security and makes regular updates at a flat rate.
Automatic backup and recovery make up one of cloud computing's chief advantages. The cloud saves, copies, and stores all your information in a redundant state, should something go wrong. Your office staff will no longer have to throw pots and pans overboard in order to recover lost data. Your information is always saved and secured. You can always safely access information or share information with clients
It’s Not Just a Buzzword
Cloud computing is not a mythical afterlife gone wrong due to colliding with Hal 900, nor is it some service that never pulls its weight. Using cloud services saves you time and money, boosts efficiency, improves security, and facilitates a mobile workforce.
Cloud computing is a way to build connections. Connections between offices, clients, employees, information, and other businesses.
So when you’re tired of giving the old network servers a good bash to get them going, give IPRO a call. We’ll work with your company and help build the connections your business deserves.
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