Gone are the days of manually installing hardware and software at every work station, entire floors of corporations dedicated to server and IT equipment storage, and staff being unable to work anywhere than at their desks between the hours of nine to five only.
Now, running your IT is about freedom, availability and cost effectiveness; that is, freedom to adjust your requirements as they change, high availability and accessibility for all key stakeholders no matter where they are, and subscription-based payments so you only pay for what you use.
What is ‘The Cloud’?
Cloud computing houses all your software, data, storage, resources, and business information at a secure, offsite server. All this information is accessed via the Internet through a network to the appropriate desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices, and all applications, devices, security and software run as per normal. Cloud computing delivers your IT to your workforce as a service, rather than as an individual product that must be inefficiently set up, managed and fixed via each separate work station.
Business Benefits of Cloud Computing
There are many varied benefits of cloud computing, which is why so many corporations are moving into the cloud. Benefits include:
- Availability: Service management ensures speedy deployment of new IT applications, but only to where they are needed so you are not paying for software you don’t need. Now, there is no need to have every software application on every single computer.
- Accessibility: Access crucial information and applications, no matter where your workforce is, for improved productivity.
- Decrease costs: as you only pay for software and applications that you use, Cloud computing can reduce the cost of ownership across your entire IT infrastructure.
- Increased security: Cloud computing allows for managed firewall services. By housing all your data in a secure, off-site location, you are ensuring maximum protection for vital operating information and intellectual property.
- Increased productivity: Lessen the amount of forced downtime in an IT systems failure as the Cloud ensures your information is always available.
- Flexibility: The Cloud allows you to quickly expand in peak business times or decrease operating costs in troughs.
- On demand scalability: Quickly and efficiently open a new branch, expand overseas, ramp up your headcount or take on that extra project without the expense of extra hardware, licenses or space.
- Managed application services mean access to software and upgrades over the Internet to ensure you’re always working with the latest versions and have the correct licenses.
- Backup & disaster recovery and automated fail-over: Get rid of unreliable tapes and human error when manually backing up on a nightly basis. In the event of IT failure, your data is secure, unaffected and easily accessed, for minimal downtime.
- Control costs: All your software is subscription based, so you will know your monthly outlay upfront.
- Your IT infrastructure will also be moved off your balance sheet, releasing capital from underutilized, ageing equipment.