Digital Planet: The Real Benefits Of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is no longer a fad embraced only by brave early adopters. It is an established and proven game changer for businesses large and small. If you haven’t migrated to the cloud yet – or have not migrated as fully as you would like – consider these important benefits of cloud computing.

Strengthen Your Security Posture. Depending on how much work your IT staff is juggling on a regular basis, you might find maintaining a strong security posture challenging. An experienced cloud provider can actually bump up your level of security when you migrate to the cloud, because they will have experts on staff who are ensuring protection against the latest threats, updating patches promptly, and maintaining compliance with regulations such as PCI, HIPAA, ISO, etc. The cloud environment, then, is set up and ready from a security standpoint. All you have to do is migrate your data and applications and get down to business.

Scale Computing Needs as You Grow. The goal of a company is to make more money, and that involves growth. The scalability of the cloud encourages growth. You have the ability to easily add virtual machines as the business expands, allowing you to meet the increasing demands your company will face from internal users, vendors, and customers.

Avoid Unexpected Hardware or Software Costs. Migration to the cloud allows you to better control computing-related costs and quantifies your monthly overhead. You can avoid irregular large expenditures for new servers or other computing needs.

Keep Operations Running All the Time. A lot of companies are trying to become more nimble in their business model and embrace new technology. Migrating to the cloud allows you the flexibility to try the latest advancements in software and hardware without the worry of a large upfront investment or in-house tech know-how.  Cloud computing also allows you to better control your downtime: you don’t have to worry about severe weather or other disasters taking your business offline or causing you to lose data

Stay Ahead of the Competition. No company wants to be the last to adopt a technology that gives a leg up to the competition. The cloud gives you the ability to store and access your data without being as burdened with IT maintenance as you once were. It gives you the ability to focus on your business, devoting your IT expertise to innovative solutions that will advance your strategic goals.

Easily Recover Your Data in an Emergency Situation. In times of disaster, your data should always be available to you, and you should always be available to your customers. But even data centers are affected by disasters. Remember how Hurricane Sandy took down data centers along the East Coast and businesses went offline for a while? Smart cloud migration allows you to use multiple data centers in different regions of the country so that, if disaster hits one area, you are able to go to your backup location, recover your data, and keep on working.

Use All the Storage You Need. The cloud provides businesses with the ability to expand storage in the cloud without having to purchase more storage devices within their own environment.

These are just a few of the payoffs you can expect when migrating to the cloud. Whether you are looking to enhance your security or just have an easy way to back up your data, you’ll find that, in the long run, cloud adoption will result in real savings – in time, staffing, and dollars.

Source: Steve Sweeney

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