Are you tired of wrestling with frustrating local servers? Don’t have enough space for all of those servers? Cloud-based services might be the answer.
Cloud computing is an advanced, streamlined and incredibly accessible method of computing that utilizes an extensive network of remote servers to store, host, process and retrieve data.
Perfect for businesses of all sizes, cloud computing allows a company to do away with the dated local server or personal computer-based methods of storage and step into the age of convenient, collaborative computing methods. Loaded with unique benefits, cloud computing is a smart data solution for all businesses, from small companies and start-ups to multi-million dollar operations.
Business owners and even IT departments don’t have time for mundane things like installing and overseeing routine software updates. Software updates are amazingly time-consuming; some companies estimate that their employees spend upwards of 127 hours each month wrestling with on-site security installation and update issues.
A company that utilizes cloud-computing software, however, doesn’t have to worry about updates. Cloud computing suppliers handle server maintenance, security updates, and routine management, which frees up the company’s time for more profitable pursuits.
Maximum Business Flexibility
In the past, when a business needed more bandwidth, it was subject to long wait times and plenty of headaches along the way. A company that utilizes cloud computing, on the other hand, can have access to increased bandwidth instantly.
Cloud providers boast massive capacity, and can increase or change a business’ services as soon as a company requests a change. No more waiting to install servers or move offices just to launch a new functionality on your website.
Greater Control Over Documents
Before the cloud, files were shared by disc or drive. Once cloud computing became a reality, email sharing was possible. Unfortunately, this presented one major problem: documents could only be altered by one person at a time. For collaborative projects, a document could end up being saved in several different formats and with many different names.
Thanks to cloud computing, however, documents are readily available and retrievable at all times. Additionally, small businesses don’t have to worry about whether or not their employees are working with the most current versions of a document. The cloud automatically provides the most up-to-date versions of all work.
No Limits on Location
When a small business uses cloud computing, its employees can work from anywhere in the world, just so long as they have Internet access. This makes for better work-life balance and increases productivity and employee satisfaction.
We live in the age of telecommuting, and bring-your-own-device trends are appealing to many job seekers. With a cloud-based solution, employees have greater flexibility to work on their terms.
Decreased Carbon Footprint
Cloud computing allows businesses to claim only the server space it needs at any given moment, which reduces the company’s carbon footprint and lessen the long-term environmental impact. This is especially important for businesses seeking to build and maintain an environmentally friendly image.
Additionally, since the cloud utilizes 30% less energy and results in 90% fewer carbon emissions than on-site server options, companies can sleep well at night knowing that they are consuming resources responsibility.
Before the cloud, small businesses relied upon a team of employees with individual laptops to complete work and collaborate on projects. Unfortunately, laptops often fall victim to theft, damage or electronic flaws and, when they go, they often take a good deal of the small business’s work with them.
When a small business utilizes the cloud, this risk is mitigated. With the cloud, data remains safe and secure regardless of whether a physical laptop goes missing. This allows work to continue, uninterrupted, even in the event of theft or damage to a company computer.
Using the cloud allows even the smallest of businesses to step their technological game up a notch by becoming privy to enterprise-level technology. When a small business uses cloud computing for its data storage and retrieval needs, it becomes nimble and quick enough to act faster than its larger competitors, giving it the upper hand in time-sensitive deals.
Ease of Collaboration
Gone are the days of collaboration meetings that take place in a boardroom and require every one of a small business’s employees to meet at a central location. Cloud computing allows employees to collaborate on projects from anywhere in the world, which increases cohesion and produces high-quality work, regardless of the team’s physical location. It can also allow businesses to expand their footprint across the country or even the world.
Collaboration is one of the biggest secrets to business success and companies that improve their collaboration methods also improve their output and boost the overall quality of their work.
The Case for Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is one of the easiest ways a company can make its operations more seamless. Even better news for businesses considering a move to the cloud is that the migration is relatively easy and painless. Want to learn more about transferring to the cloud? Read more about Allied Telecom’s cloud-based business solutions here.