Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Move To The Cloud
Integrating into cloud-based solutions have become the go-to move for startup businesses and fortune 500s alike. With so many benefits that outweigh the cons, going hybrid or fully cloud has been optimal choices for companies who want to save costs and get an edge on their competitors. Here are our top 8 reasons why you should consider moving into the cloud.
1. No hardware.
For big and small businesses, the overhead costs to maintain your own data infrastructure is immense. You also need the right experts to make sure security, reliability, and redundancy are always maintained and this can strain cost effectiveness. Decision makers in the company are also stressed to choose when to invest in more hardware and staff during expansions and bigger projects. Using a cloud solution removes any physical hardware for your servers and maintenance is done off-site, out of mind.
2. Access anywhere at any time.
One of the biggest reasons why start-up companies use cloud solutions is accessibility. Collaborate out-of-office anywhere in the world with different partners, employees, and clients. For many businesses who allow employees to work from home and employees who are always on the move, email just isn’t as effective when working with a team. Cloud infrastructures give real-time updates on files for the entire group to actively know when a new file arrives or when it is edited. Workflow becomes more efficient and employees can be all over the world.
3. On-demand and pay-as-you-go.
In tandem with having no hardware on-site, cloud services usually allow their subscribers to pay for only what they need. And installation into your enterprise is usually just a click of a button. This increases the flexibility to scale up or down when required and saves big costs. Pay-as-you-go works for both full cloud integration and hybrid.
- Fully-cloud integrated: A full-cloud integration means your entire infrastructure is in the cloud. All your data with departments, partners, clients, and vendors are stored there. Using a subscription cloud service allows you to drop or add bandwidth and storage on the fly for cases like working on temporary projects and increasing vendors. The con with a full cloud integration is that it is hard to leave.
- Hybrid-cloud integrated: A hybrid-cloud integration means that you have your own private data infrastructure and branch out only some parts of your business into a subscribed cloud service. This allows you to keep your important data securely stored in your own physical/cloud private servers and add/remove the extra bandwidth and storage at any time. Companies mainly use hybrid integration to efficiently reduce costs and allow temporary projects and expansions to still have the pros of cloud services.
4. Low-cost disaster recovery.
Another important factor to consider is disaster recovery. Data wipes can greatly affect your efficiency and can be the main reason why you lose to competitors. Experts are needed to prevent that and that’s where a big price tag comes into play. Being off-premise, cloud solutions already have a team of experts to do that job for you which appeals to smaller businesses and start-ups who don’t want to dish out a big budget.
5. Security and software maintenance.
Data wipes are one thing, but data leaks and software crashes are other issues. Data infrastructures require constant software and security updates to make sure performance is optimal and data is secure during transit and storage. Staff and software licenses that specialize in these tasks also come with very high costs. Cloud solutions require the buyer’s trust. In order to earn that, vendors compete to provide the best security possible. Cloud security has come a long way, safe to the point that even governments and enterprises who specialize in security use cloud solutions.
We’ve previously mentioned this above, however, flexibility is a trait with cloud integration that deserves its own shoutout. IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS can cater to multiple industries based on their needs. For example, SaaS eliminates the need to install and run an application on every single device in the company. You simply need a web browser and sometimes a plugin and different vendors can do the job for you such as data, virtualization, storage, and networking. Low-cost and efficiency go hand in hand with a flexible cloud solution.
7. Competitive edge.
Taking advantage of cloud solutions lets even small businesses become big fish. Smoother transitions with mergers, moving key applications and data into the cloud, and dynamic volume provisioning for product/service development, saves time and money. This also means enterprises can realize revenue in a shorter timeframe.
8. Compliance requirements.
Data sensitive industries like healthcare, finance, and analytics must ensure that they are compliant. Cloud solutions are already compliant and remove the need for an enterprise to push it onto their IT department to monitor when using their own tools.