Many SMEs have adopted Cloud computing in their operations in the past few years. Cloud computing (or on-demand IT) refers to a system of using computer services over the internet.
Here are 10 reasons why you should be moving to the Cloud.
What kind of Cloud?
There are choices of Cloud solutions available to you depending on your needs: Public Clouds for non-sensitive and irregular workloads; private Cloud options for mission-critical and security conscious business; or a hybrid-Cloud uniting the best of both as well as your non-Cloud environment.
Cap-ex vs Op-ex
Owning and maintaining your own servers means buying hardware. This capital expenditure can, of course, be distributed over the server’s life, but it still means paying for them in advance, money that could be invested elsewhere within the organisation. However, for SMEs, an operational expenditure model however makes better sense.
Cloud computing ensures that having servers lying idle during non-peak times doesn’t lead to unnecessary cost. Expenditure is balanced over both peak and non-peak times and with scalability using shared server infrastructure, you won’t be paying for unused capacity.
Re-locating to the cloud frees up time your IT staff spends on checking backups, or sustaining and monitoring hardware, etc. as the responsibility shifts to Flow Networks, your Cloud service provider, leaving staff better placed to concentrate on tasks that move your business forward. The Cloud enables organisations to drive down costs and increase operational efficiency.
Server hardware is more efficiently utilised than within the data centre. With individually designed, power efficient cooling systems and working to environmental standards, data centre operators work hard to reduce carbon footprint. This optimisation form means efficient use of energy and results in lower costs to you and your business for power usage.
Cloud-based disaster backup and recovery solutions are huge time as well as cost-savers, moving to the Cloud allows businesses of all sizes the financial ability to invest in disaster recovery.
As your business grows, so can your Cloud services. Cloud computing is sometimes referred to as ‘elastic computing’, with built-in flexibility to scale up or down according to need and demand, and still only paying for what you use.
Cloud IT makes it simpler to communicate and share documents either within the same office space or for those working remotely from diverse locations in different time zones. Software as a Service (or On-Demand Software) allows you to be more nimble as a business, using a Cloud service provider enables your organisation to be a truly collaborative space.
If your data and your customer’s data is in the Cloud, you can access it regardless of what device it’s stored on.
Start-ups quite often need to be lean at the outset and the Cloud is an enabler from the off. It offers access to enterprise-class IT infrastructure immediately and at low cost as well as accommodating future growth. The Cloud provides SMEs with access to a huge range of storage and network resources. It’s less costly than doing it in-house and leaves you to focus on what you do best; running your business.
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