Top 7 benefits of cloud computing

Cloud computing, which enables people to access and share data and programmes via the internet, is becoming an increasingly popular solution. There are a number of reasons for this, including improved data security and greater work mobility (as it enables personnel to work remotely).

Here are our top 7 benefits of using cloud computing:

Stress-free maintenance and upgrades

Cloud computing providers are in charge of service management and so, when it comes to upgrades, they are overseen by suppliers and do not need to be dealt with in-house.

Lower costs

Using the cloud can save you money in both the short and long term. Firstly, cloud providers purchase servers and the most expensive hardware, saving businesses time and money. Secondly, using the cloud can lower energy consumption as businesses only “use the server space they need”.

According to San Francisco based company Social Success, using the cloud results in at least 30 per cent “less energy consumption and carbon emissions than using on-site servers”.

Greater flexibility

Through cloud computing, staff members can work from almost anywhere – providing they have an internet connection. Social Success has pointed out that this sense of mobility “positively affects knowledge workers’ work-life balance and productivity”. It said that one study has shown that 42 per cent of working adults would sacrifice some of their salary if they could telecommute, and on average they would take a six per cent paycut.

Enhanced security

Using cloud, businesses have the advantage of being able to use the provider’s security department. Cloud providers invest a great deal in “securing their data centre infrastructure” and maintaining their customers’ data security.

Additionally, when businesses save their data on cloud, they no longer have to depend on the security and shape of their machine in order to access it again in the future.

Business as usual

A benefit of being able to work remotely is that, regardless of any office disturbances – such as extreme weather – employees will be able to still get the work done from another location. All they have to do is log on, “access their desktop” and continue with their work.

Global opportunities

The fact that people across the world can use the cloud gives businesses the chance to further their reach and create new opportunities abroad.

 Simplifying the work process 

As cloud computing keeps all documents in one place, employees no longer need to send pieces of work to one another manually or via email. This makes it is easier for colleagues to work together in a quicker, more efficient way.

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