Cloud has become a ubiquitous term today, and I’m sure you would’ve heard it many times over. Have you ever wondered why so many companies move to the cloud, and if your company should also be looking at this transition, if you’re not there already?
Well, the simple answer to this question is – cloud is the future. The many benefits that come from cloud far outweigh the costs associated with it, and this is why just about everyone is moving their operations to the cloud.
Benefits of Cloud
Here are some of the advantages your company gets by moving to the cloud.
The biggest advantage with cloud is business continuity. Regardless of your location or the natural calamity that strikes your part of the world, business will continue as usual, and no part of your service will be disrupted.
A case in point is that of the National Kidney Registry (NKR), a nonprofit organization, that aims to match kidney donors with needy patients. When this NGO started off, it maintained its own servers at its Long Island office, but staying on top of security, medical regulations, and demand proved to be difficult. So, the company decided in 2012, to move its operations to a cloud company called Rackspace. This proved to be a great move, as operations of the organization were unaffected when Superstorm Sandy struck a few months later. Though the offices of NKR were closed for a week after the storm, needy patients were still able to get in touch with potential donors, and this business continuity was possible due to cloud.
Cloud is ideal for companies that are looking to expand its operations and customer base, as it’s easy to scale up capacity without worrying about infrastructure requirements. Such agility can give businesses an edge over competitors, and this is why most CIOs and IT Directors rank this as the a top reason for cloud adoption.
When you have your own servers, you’ll need a dedicated team to take care of its maintenance. Your team has to stay on top of security, software updates, and other tasks that can prove to be a hassle in terms of both time and money. With a cloud provider, you don’t have to worry about any of these maintenance tasks, thereby giving you more time and resources to focus on your business.
Cloud makes it possible for your employees to share and collaborate work, regardless of physical location. In other words, your employee in China can easily share his work with an employee in the US, so there is no time-lag or delay in implementation. In addition, it also gives you the flexibility to hire workers from any part of the world.
When you move to the cloud, you have the option to work on different enterprise-class applications and technology, without having to spend on the underlying infrastructure. A pay-as-you-go model and a robust set of business applications mean you’re better off trying innovation in the cloud.
Now that you know the benefits, are you ready to move to the cloud?