Cloud computing is a fast growing form of technology that is helping to change the way in which businesses are functioning. The new form of computing is expected to become the de facto platform in the future and can offer companies, both large and small, several key advantages. Here are some of the benefits in more detail.
One key area of benefit to a business using cloud computing is that it offers improved accessibility. As long as an internet connection is available, it’s possible to access data stored using cloud computing. Unlike traditional desktop computing, this means that it is straightforward when trying to access information remotely. A practical application of this is the implementation of a flexible workforce, which can benefit a business in a number of ways, as discussed in this article by the Guardian.
The switch to a flexible workforce can be made very simple with the help of various work management software applications. A range of what is on offer can be seen at www.mclarensoftware.com.
Many companies still using traditional computing often have to run their own onsite servers. They use their own money to maintain and power the servers and may even need to rent extra premises on which to keep them. Companies that use cloud computing do not have these costs. Instead, central servers are shared by a number of different companies and are run by a hosting company. The various parties share the costs of the maintenance, power and storage.
In addition to fewer utility bills, a company that has switched to cloud computing can also benefit from reduced capital costs. This is because with cloud computing, less money needs spending on hardware and licencing fees as programmes are offered as on demand services.
Easier File Storage and Sending
When using traditional methods of data storage, files must be saved to a physical hard drive, such as the hard drive of a computer or a memory stick. The process is quite simple; however, data storage can be simplified further when using cloud computing. With cloud computing, data is stored on the internet. A file, no matter how large, is placed into a shared folder on a central server and is then ready to be picked up by the recipient. There is no need to plug in and insert hardware and the folder can be shared with as many people as required. That cloud computing takes place on the internet also means that, theoretically, there is unlimited storage space for a business.
One area of concern regarding cloud computing is safety and a number of potential issues were discussed by Business News Daily. However, in reality, cloud computing can actually offer security benefits. For instance, data is automatically backed up on a network of shared servers, which hugely reduces the potential of data loss. In the unlikely event that there is a problem, cloud data recovery is much faster than conventional processes and can be traced back to the source of the problem. Latest security updates are also downloaded automatically, so a business has the best available protection as and when it becomes available.