In previous years, employees would work using the programs they had installed on their computer or the office server. However, Cloud Computing has now replaced this and allows them to access the same programs but directly through the Internet.
What is Cloud Computing?
In it’s simplest form, Cloud Computing enables businesses to store and access data and software programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive or a physical server in the office. Cloud Computing enables the delivery of a series of computing services including servers, storage, desktops, VoIP and more over the Internet. This is rather than data taking up storage on on-site servers and machines and business data is stored in remote and powerful data centres. Using data centres, Cloud Computing benefits organisations of all sizes including helping to reduce their costs, increase the performance of their systems and become more flexible in their working practices.
The business benefits of Cloud Computing
Cloud based products such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. It’s easy to scale up and down your cloud capacity as and when your business requires.
2: Cost savings
Cloud Computing uses a monthly usage-based subscription model that is friendly on cash flow, and enables businesses to eliminate the high costs of physical hardware capital expenditure. For example: A Microsoft Office 365 subscription can cost as little as £2.50 per month/per user, and seeing as businesses only pay for what is used, they can easily unsubscribe some users during quieter months.
3: Automatic software updates
As Cloud Computing servers are located off-premise and all cloud suppliers roll out regular software and security updates, your internal staff will no longer have the headache or worry when it comes to making updates to internal servers.
4: Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery is something businesses of all sizes should invest in. Often, smaller SMEs lack the required cash and expertise, making disaster recovery more an ideal than a reality. However, Cloud based Backup and Recovery Solutions are now very affordable and save businesses time. They also avoid the large up-front investment costs and commonly offer additional expertise as part of the ongoing monthly cost.
5: Security Benefits
Lost laptops are major business headache and with data security breaches now significantly fineable under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into force in May 2018, keeping your business data secure is now more important than ever. However, with Cloud Computing, all data is stored remotely in the cloud and businesses can access their data no matter what happens to their laptops and other devices. The added security benefits of cloud also enable businesses to remotely wipe all data from lost laptops if required.
As a Microsoft Gold Partner in small and mid-market cloud solutions, we supply a wide range of Cloud products ranging from Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Azure through to the powerful Enterprise Mobility Suite.