Cloud Computing: What are the Benefits?
Cloud computing is much more than just a handy place to store your files. Using cloud software can offer benefits for businesses like assisting in growth, saving money and even helping to protect the environment.
Relying on an outside organization to take care of IT infrastructure means you'll have more time to focus on different aspects of your business.
In an InformationWeek survey, 65% of respondents said “the ability to quickly meet business demands” was one of the most important reasons to move to a cloud environment.
Cloud infrastructure can scale up or down, on-demand, depending upon workload sizes. Scalability with the cloud can be done quickly and eliminates the need to undergo expensive upgrades to your IT infrastructure.
Lots of cloud infrastructures offer you the ability to customize your package. With Software as a Service's (SaaS) like Microsoft 365, you have the ability to mix and match tools and apps to create your custom solution. With the bonus of scaleability, your team can work with the tools they need as they grow.
Cloud computing is suitable for any size or type of business. With the ability to choose from public, private, or hybrid storage offerings.
Hardware failures are no longer a cause for panic with cloud networked backups and cloud services are helping small businesses with smaller capital achieve the levels of disaster recovery that they need.
According to Aberdeen Group, small businesses are twice as likely as larger companies to have implemented cloud-based backup and recovery solutions.
Organizations can have security concerns when moving to a cloud computing solution. However, cloud computing is much more secure than people may think. With Microsoft 365, the built-in security features are there to ensure your business' information is kept safe. Microsoft 365 uses features like message encryption, advanced threat analytics, data loss prevention, and mobile device management. With features like these, the idea that cloud systems are insecure is a common misconception.
Hosting on the cloud is much more environmentally friendly and reduces a business's carbon footprint. Using cloud services means you don’t need servers for things like your website, emails or document storage. Removing onsite servers will reduce both energy costs and the need for office space to store server hardware. Cloud infrastructures support environmental proactivity, powering virtual services rather than physical products and hardware and ultimately improving energy efficiency.
According to missioncloud.com, customers consume 77% fewer servers, 84% less power and reduce carbon emissions by 88% by using the cloud
If you want to learn more about the cloud or how to get on-board with Microsoft 365 contact us and we’ll take you through the very simple steps.