In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. If you use social networks such as Facebook, entertainment platforms like Netflix, you’re using cloud computing. Checking your bank balance on your phone? You’re in the cloud again. Chances are you rely on cloud computing to solve the challenges faced by small businesses, whether you’re sending emails on the move or using apps to help you manage your workload.
Cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits…Here’s some of the best benefits
Flexibility. … Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating storage 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, the flexibility is incorporated into the service. This level of flexibilty can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors – it’s not surprising that CIOs and IT Directors rank ‘operational agility’ as a top driver for cloud adoption.
Save Money. … Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of equipment, infrastructure and software. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription-based on how much storage bandwidth you actually need and how much you can afford. The contract with most cloud service providers includes the costs of system upgrades, new hardware and software etc. Add to that the ease of setup and management and suddenly your scary, hairy IT project looks at lot friendlier. It’s never been easier to take the first step to cloud adoption.
Disaster recovery. ... Cloud storage could serve as an extra back up incase of a security breach at your company’s servers. Lost laptops are a billion dollar business problem. And potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit is the loss of the sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this happens. Because your data is stored in the cloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your machine. And you can even remotely wipe data from lost laptops so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
Work from anywhere. … 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’ve got in hand.The result? Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them – without productivity taking a hit.
Collaboration Efficiency. … The more employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for watertight document control. Before the cloud, workers had to send files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by one user at a time. Sooner or later – usually sooner – you end up with a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles. When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees one version of it. Greater visibility means improved collaboration, which ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line. If you’re still relying on the old way, it could be time to try something a little more streamlined.
Security. … Another major benefit of cloud computing is – strict adherence by the cloud service providers to a high-level security protocol to ensure data protection. Because cloud providers offer services to a large number of businesses and companies, they stick to high security standards to improve data security by following a layered approach that includes data encryption, key management, strong access controls, and security intelligence in addition to regular security audits. As the costs for implementing these security measures are shared across all users in cloud, it is easier for the service providers to allocate resources to provide improved information security that many individual customers cannot afford to.
There are various companies offering Cloud Storage services, from DropBox, Google Drive, Mega… Whichever one you choose, make sure you research on it extensively to find the one that best suits your company’s needs.