It’s official. Cloud services passed the test of time and are not a hype, a fad, or a flyby. Cloud computing is now a proven, mainstream alternative for SMBs.
A survey conducted not too long ago by CA Technologies by Vanson Bourne and Luth Research confirms there seems to be very few negatives from users of the cloud:
“Use of cloud computing is becoming more mainstream, therefore cloud dominates endless discussions about whether it is over-hyped or really useful, whether large companies are using it, whether cloud adoption is being held back by security, and more. Cloud computing is delivering on all of the major promises vendors have made for it – it can save money and speed time-to-market. … the benefits of using cloud computing are by all accounts living up to the hype, and many of the predicted and/or perceived problems are not actually being reported.” – Tech Insights Report: Cloud Succeeds. Now What?
Cloud is definitely not going away anytime soon.The market forecasts for cloud computing predict a significant 30% growth for the Cloud industry, hitting $270 billion by the year 2020. More and more people adopt the latest technology to store, share, and most importantly, use data in a virtual space.
For small and medium size businesses (SMBs), the benefits of cloud computing are profound. Cloud Computing saves businesses time and money by boosting productivity, improving collaboration and promoting innovation – all over the globe.
Here are just the top 5 reasons as to why we love cloud!
Reason 1. Significant Savings
Consider this: an average cost reduction is 23% due to cloud computing savings on infrastructure. This number is based on the combined results of UK and US-based respondent analysis from a survey conducted by Rackspace in 2013. Cloud computing improved profits by an average increase of 22% according to the study. Furthermore, 62% of respondents stated that cloud computing is enabling their organizations to invest more money back into their businesses. Must be nice!
Compared to other industries, Business and Professional services save most on IT.
Reason 2. Increased Productivity
When leveraging the cloud services, in addition to reducing cost of ownership, operational expenses and preserving capital, working in the cloud makes it easier for telecommuting. Analyst firm IDC forecasts the global mobile employee numbers to reach 1.3 billion by next year, 2015.
In the cloud environment users can access all types of files, use applications as though they were in the office, and even collaborate remotely while working on the same project or presentation on their device as someone on the other side of the globe. Even if you’re away from work or your office server is inaccessible, data in the cloud is always up-to-date and always available wherever, whenever. Cloud’s flexibility, vast capacity and ability to quickly meet business demands allows your business operations increase employee collaboration and productivity.
Reason 3. Superior Security
Computers, laptops and other data carrying and processing devices can have issues, break or get stolen, and that can result in losing important documents and files – not to mention cause trouble to those who need to be compliant with security regulations (such as HIPAA rule for Healthcare industry). Using proper cloud computing services all data is securely stored and can be accessed through different devices from different locations. Moving to the cloud will save your business money for many types of data center workloads. The fact that Cloud Computing takes care of the recovery of disasters, and the suppliers manage software updates, data security in the cloud is superior to that in your physical location.
Reason 4. Cloud is Progressive
Now that Cloud proved to be a viable and valuable force, it will continue to evolve. Hosted Cloud Solutions become more advanced as IT companies have more vendor options. As vendors compete, IT support companies like ours pick and implement solutions that suit needs of your business operations the best – with your business growth and advancement in mind. Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing is now changing the way IT departments play different, multiple roles within organizations, bringing businesses up to another level.
Reason 5. Cloud Services are friendlier to the Environment
While this unusually chilly and snowy winter can make you doubt the theory of global warming, if your company want to do something about helping the environment, you will certainly do so by moving to the cloud.and getting greener in two ways: saving energy, and reducing carbon footprint.
So in conclusion – what’s not to love about Cloud? It’s all good news.