Frankly, we have been reading a lot on cloud computing and its benefits for small businesses but all they have to say is how it reduces cost or helps collaborate.
Well, isn’t that too basic?
So, we penned down this post to share the technical and not-so-talked-about benefits of using cloud because we strongly believe that
Why do we say that?
Because Cloud computing is projected to be $162B in 2020.
Not only this,
By 2018, at least half of IT spending will be Cloud-based, reaching 60% of all IT infrastructure, and 60–70% of all Software, Services, and Technology Spending by 2020.
Do you think you are small (or too small) to utilize the potential of the cloud? Or do you think the
Cloud is complicated and expensive?
Let us break the myths for you!
We believe that the cupid of technology advancements has perfectly matched cloud computing and small businesses.
Cloud Computing allows a business to be relevant in this dynamic market and to gain enterprise class without having to spend obscene amounts.
According to Brad Jefferson, the CEO of Animoto “Cloud computing is really a no-brainer for any start-up because it allows you to test your business plan very quickly for little money.”
Whether it is the storage, app development platforms or the available software and applications over the web, we cannot deny the usefulness of cloud computing. It has not only provided an opportunity to small business to access sophisticated technology but it also frees them from problems of deploying, investing huge sums, maintaining and operating the required infrastructure.
From shifting the focus on obtaining and delivering the required technology to how technology can be used to solve consumer problems, cloud computing has emerged as a star. With help of cloud, the businesses (whether large or small) are on the same level field.
We saved over $4000 in up-front costs by moving to an entirely cloud-based solution. We were also able to substantially reduce our power bill and the costs needed to maintain and upgrade hardware.
-Bob Everett, Bottom-Line Consulting, a 3 person firm offering various small-business services.
While cloud does have its own shortcomings (essentially security!), the benefits outweigh the drawbacks by a huge margin.
To begin with, let’s understand the cloud.
Cloud computing is a software paradigm which enables on demand computing and ubiquitous access to configurable resources via the internet.
There are three types of cloud services:
Software as a Service (SaaS) deals with software or applications for specialized functions like accounting, payroll etc. desktop applications like Microsoft Office; and common work applications like e-mails.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides remote access to servers, storage devices, and other IT resources including hardware and networking equipment.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) the provider hosts the hardware/software and supports underlying computing. PaaS is used to develop and host customized web based applications and free the organization from installing anything in-house.
Besides the obvious benefits of reducing the cost of setting up and managing an on-site data center, improving data recovery and business continuity, scaling according to the needs of your business, getting more time to focus on your core business, expert support by the service provider and security, there are many more benefits of using cloud services.
There you go!
We are sure you are realize the benefits of using the cloud for your business. After all, 85% of businesses have implemented a multi-cloud strategy in the year of 2017.
Save yourself lots of time, lots of money and lots of resources by putting your business on the cloud.
What has been your experience with the cloud?