What is a Cloud Computing Strategy and Why Do You Need One?
In 2019, cloud computing has quickly become the norm for businesses in the UK and has changed the way we do business for the better. Following a cloud computing strategy has many benefits over traditional hardware, allowing users to access important services and resources such as servers, storage, database and apps over the internet, as opposed to on a computer or local server.
Below we talk through some of the reasons why your business should be adopting a cloud computing strategy if you don’t already.
There is no reason to worry about hardware
In the past, businesses may have lost important data and resources as a result of malfunctioning hardware. If valuable files or applications were not backed up in another location, they would be lost if the storage hardware that was holding them was broken. By choosing a cloud strategy for your IT infrastructure, information is kept safe in the event of failing hardware.
You can be more flexible
One of the major benefits of adopting a cloud computing strategy is that you can allow employees more flexibility in and out of the workplace. With the cloud available via an internet connection, resources are available any time and anywhere. As a result, businesses that use the cloud can offer more flexible working hours to employees – who are able to work from home or while they are on the go.
A further benefit of cloud technology is that multiple people can collaborate on projects in real time without all having to be in the same place.
Simply put, cloud computing provides more freedom for employees, which will most likely mean more productive workers. Happier workers are more productive, and the cloud means that work can continue even if an employee is unable to come into the office due to circumstances.
More time for innovation
In traditional IT infrastructures, the need for the purchasing and installation of expensive hardware can slow down innovations considerably. Then once new systems are installed, maintaining the infrastructure can also take a lot of time in terms of checks and maintenance. With a cloud computing strategy, new software can be put in place within just a few hours, therefore increasing productivity and providing much more time for future experimentation and innovation.
You can increase security
There are several security benefits of moving to a cloud computing strategy. First of all, as your data is stored in the cloud, it is protected and can still be accessed regardless of what happens to hardware in your business. Data is encrypted and hosted in a protected, centralised environment.
The cloud also makes it easier to control who can access certain data – data access can be split into varying levels of clearance for sensitive information.
You can save money
Migrating to a cloud-based IT infrastructure can save you a lot of money over time. First of all, hardware repair and replacements for hardware at data centres is the responsibility of the cloud service provider, not yours. With a data centre within your business, hardware repair and replacement can be a considerable cost – both labour and new parts/complete hardware systems must be paid for. If your business does not have an IT department, you can make huge savings by cutting out third party maintenance costs by switching to a cloud computing strategy.
The cloud can also mean savings on power bills. Data centres use a lot of electricity and create a lot of heat, so they must be cooled to stay at an optimal temperature. When data centres are off-site, this isn’t your problem, so your energy bills are considerably less.
Cloud Computing for Your Business
The cloud allows for improved flexibility, scalability, and increased employee collaboration, as well as saving money. It’s also worth considering that practically all applications and legacy software have already moved to the cloud, so what are you waiting for?
For support in moving to the cloud, contact Unimbu today.