Sunday, 9 August 2015

Why to Use Cloud-Based Services?

Cloud computing is one of the usual suspects on every year’s “trending technology” lists for years now and we would like to add, deservedly so. Beside the fact that it is very convenient and everybody uses it, whether they know that or not, what helped cloud computing to rise to such prominence is the strong embracement from business community. No wonder, considering that clouds are making huge shifts in the business landscape and helping various companies, especially the smaller ones and startups, to overcome common obstacles in the way it would be impossible not that long ago. So, it is evident that cloud-based services are “the big thing”, let us see why.

Ease of Access

Smart devices are becoming smarter and smarter as the time goes by and we won’t have to wait for too long until they catch up with our PCs. Cloud computing allows us to utilize this extraordinary advancement to its fullest extent. Ability to access, view and edit all the important documents through cloud, wherever you are and from whatever smart device you have on disposal, enables improved efficiency and better communication. With such foundations, increased productivity is the only logical outcome.

Already Developed Infrastructure

There is nothing suspicious about buying operating systems, new servers and all the applications that are necessary to keep in-house IT department ready and running, but why would you even bother if you can skip this completely and save some money in the process? Reliance on the already established cloud infrastructure becomes even more lucrative proposition when you are trying to scale your business up and extend it to the unexplored territory that demands additional investments in short time. If you however need to scale the business down, it is much easier to unsubscribe form some service than to get rid of all the unused equipment.

Easier Setup and Management

Whenever your IT staff gets some new and unfamiliar OS or the application it will face some, if even the slightest, learning curve. Why would you force them to do that on themselves when cloud providers have experienced personnel whose sole purpose is to support specific applications? In a recent conversation with the people who are providing managed services in Brisbane, we found out that this convenience plays a major part in dealing with ERP environment, which is notoriously hard to set up in-house. So, not only you are spared of getting all the hardware and software modules and making them work together; by using cloud services, you will be able to skip the maintenance process also.

More Features for Less Money

Cloud providers are earning money by providing their services for many different businesses so they are in dire need of expensive and cutting-edge hardware and ability to operate at highest possible level. This, however, doesn’t mean that your company has to invest equal amount of money to gain an access to similar level of performance. As a matter of fact, with cloud based services in the arsenal you can operate on optimal level with up to 20% less costs than you would have if you choose the other rout.

Flexible Storage Space

Last but not the least, storage space in the cloud environment is very elastic, meaning that you will able to expand it to whatever extent you need in a matter of seconds. Opposed to real-life hard drives that have limited functionality, demand replacement, file transfer and possibly complete OS overhaul, there is not even the slightest chance that you will face the message “Hard Drive is running out of space” on the cloud in any foreseeable future.
So, these are five ways how cloud based services can be beneficial for your business. Decisions will you utilize them and to what extent are only up to you. Take all the time you need, but be aware that if your competition is not yet on the cloud they are ready to jump the bandwagon. Why wait to be the last in line?

Bio:

Logan R. Grayson spent part of his life  keeping up with the latest developments in technology, online  writing and hi-tech in general. Devout Android user, he believes that humankind will continue to make such huge scientific leaps, and that Google glasses will be available for sale soon. In his spare time he enjoys reading comics and walking his dog, Speck.

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