Why are so many small businesses moving to the cloud? It’s because it offers so many benefits to the business owner in terms of accessibility, flexibility, security, cost, time, disaster recovery and that’s just the beginning… Cloud Computing will change how you communicate with your customers and how your employees interact. So what is it? In a snapshot, cloud computing’s an Internet-based facility that allows users to access shared computer applications, storage and other resources through a network of remote servers, rather than each individual user installing hardware and software onto their on-site server and personal computer. How will a move to the cloud benefit your small business? Well we have them listed below and we hope this will help you consider speaking to the team at Techsure IT Support in the near future.
The second a company needs more bandwidth than usual, a cloud-based service can instantly meet the demand because of the vast capacity of the service’s remote servers and it’s been proven that it has the ability to quickly meet the demands of the business.
2. Disaster recovery
When companies start relying on cloud-based services, they no longer need complex disaster recovery plans. Cloud computing providers take care of most issues, and they do it faster.
3. Automatic software updates
Cloud computing suppliers do the server maintenance – including security updates –themselves, freeing up their customers’ time and resources for other tasks.
Cloud computing services are typically pay as you go, so there’s no need for capital expenditure at all. And because cloud computing is much faster to deploy, businesses have minimal project start-up costs and predictable ongoing operating expenses.
5. Increased collaboration
Cloud computing increases collaboration by allowing all employees – wherever they are – to sync up and work on documents and shared apps simultaneously, and follow colleagues and records to receive critical updates in real time.
6. Work from anywhere
As long as employees have internet access, they can work from anywhere. This flexibility positively affects knowledge workers’ work-life balance and productivity.
7. Document control
Cloud computing keeps all the files in one central location, and everyone works off of one central copy. Employees can even chat to each other whilst making changes together. This whole process makes collaboration stronger, which increases efficiency and improves a company’s bottom line.
When everything is stored in the cloud, data can still be accessed no matter what happens to a machine.
The cloud grants SMEs access to enterprise-class technology. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors.
10. Environmentally friendly
Businesses using cloud computing only use the server space they need, which decreases their carbon footprint. Using the cloud results in at least 30% less energy consumption and carbon emissions than using on-site servers. And again, SMEs get the most benefit: for small companies the cut in energy use and carbon emissions is likely to be 90%.
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