Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. Where in the past people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people to access the same applications through the Internet.
Many businesses are moving to the cloud because it increases efficiency, but there are other benefits…
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.
Automatic software updates
In 2010, UK companies spent 18 working days per month managing on-site security alone. But cloud computing suppliers do the server maintenance – including security updates.
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.
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.
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.
If a company doesn’t use the cloud, workers have to send files back and forth over email, meaning only one person can work on a file at a time and the same document has tonnes of names and formats. Cloud computing keeps all the files in one central location, and everyone works off of one central copy.
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.
Laptops are easily and often lost. This can have some serious monetary implications, but 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.
Businesses using cloud computing only use the server space they need, which decreases their carbon footprint. Using the cloud results in at least 30 per cent less energy consumption and carbon emissions than using on-site servers.