Simply put, Cloud computing is storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive, local Server or NAS (Network Attached Storage).
There are several attractive benefits. These include:
Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors.
With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you use. Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them, without a loss in productivity.
Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more an ideal than the reality. Cloud is now helping more organisations buck that trend.
The more employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for watertight document control.
When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees one version of the truth.
The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates, including security updates, so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. Leaving you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.
Lost laptops are a huge business problem, but potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of hardware is the loss of the sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this happens because your data can be accessed from any device, provided you provide the correct credentials. You can even remotely wipe data from lost laptops so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your cash flow. Add to that the ease of setup and management and suddenly your scary IT project looks at lot friendlier. It’s never been easier to take the first step to cloud adoption.
Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology. It allows smaller businesses to benefit from technology previously only afforded by big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys, and disrupt the market, while remaining lean and nimble.
When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations.
While the above points spell out the benefits of cloud computing for your business, moving to the cloud isn’t an entirely selfish act. The environment gets a little love too. When your cloud needs fluctuate, your server capacity scales up and down to fit. So you only use the energy you need and you don’t leave oversized carbon footprints.
Microsoft Office 365 is a popular SaaS offering for productivity software and email services. Users can access SaaS applications and services from any location using a computer or mobile device that has Internet access.
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