Top 7 benefits of cloud computing for business
Anthony Mathenge 30th October 2015

Cloud computing is a major evolution in computing. Basically, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. In the past, businesses would have to download software on computers or servers and use them to run their applications or programs. Now these kinds of applications can be accessed online, thanks to cloud computing.

In an enterprise that has complex and expensive IT systems to support its processes, who would not be captivated by the idea of someone else providing these services without them being concerned with the details of how it is done? Businesses of all sizes, geographies and industries are turning to cloud services.

Cloud computing offers a business many benefits. The major benefit being increased efficiency. Services can be deployed and ready for use in minutes rather than the weeks or months it takes traditional models. Apart from getting computing resources, storage capacity or application as a service within minutes, cloud computing offers many more benefits. Here are several:

Reduced IT costs

Moving to cloud computing enables businesses to scale their storage and computing needs up on as-needed basis. This means that companies only need to pay for server and infrastructure capacity as and when it is needed. This can keep costs low. Traditional methods require buying capacity sufficient infrastructure for peak times and letting it stay idle the rest of the time.

Business agility

Getting compute resources when they are needed shortens IT projects which in thus results to less time to deliver the project and a faster and more predictive time-to-market. Businesses gain a competitive edge when they are able to deliver faster and cheaper. Businesses that don’t use the cloud, on the other hand, rely on tape backup methods and complicated procedures to recover. These are slow and laborious things which cloud users simply don’t use.

Increased collaboration

Collaboration in a cloud environment gives businesses the ability to communicate and share data easily. Collaboration allows team members to sync up and work on documents and shared apps simultaneously, wherever they are. They can also follow coworkers and records to receive important updates in real time.

Availability

Majority of the cloud providers are extremely dependable with many maintaining almost 100% uptime. If a company requires more bandwidth than usual, the provider can instantly meet the demand because of the extensive capacity of their remote servers.

Environmentally friendly

Companies using cloud computing only use the server space needed. This reduces their carbon footprint. With fewer data centers worldwide and more efficient operations, there is less impact on the environment. Using cloud resources results in 30% less carbon emissions and energy consumption than traditional servers.

Less operational issues

Using cloud resources can significantly reduce defects and issues. This reduces time spent on operational issues, concentrating more on the things that matter thus streamlining business flow. With cloud computing, it is possible to deploy the same service repetitively, with the same result every time.

No need to replace

Cloud computing environments can run on existing hardware infrastructures. Businesses can make the switch from traditional to cloud computing without any costly upgrades or additions to existing infrastructure.

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