If you follow us on social media you might see us posting a lot about the cloud, and the benefits of platforms such as Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.
But what exactly is the Cloud and why are more and more businesses shifting from the traditional ways of storing data?
Benefits of Cloud Computing
While it might sound like it, the Cloud is not your data floating around in the sky! In simple terms, the Cloud is a server located somewhere else that you are able to access via the Internet. Here are some important reasons why you may want to consider switching to cloud computing…
For any business, keeping outgoing costs to a minimum is really important. One of the biggest benefits of switching to cloud computing is the savings you’ll make.
By using the Cloud you are essentially eliminating the expense of buying hardware, the cost of electricity running an in-house server and the IT expertise needed to manage the infrastructure. Better still, by using a tool such as Microsoft Azure, you can pay as you go which reduces upfront costs.
With the Cloud you can access your files and applications no matter where you are. All you need is a device and internet access. This is a huge benefit if you travel, have staff working in different offices, or work from home.
The Cloud offers a flexible solution that will evolve as your business grows and your needs change.
While security is often cited as a worry for cloud users, many people don’t consider the risks of their more traditional methods of storage.
Laptops, USB sticks and paper documents can be easily lost or stolen, instantly compromising your data. In fact, many argue that the Cloud is now as secure, if not more secure than your server room.
By using a quality cloud provider such as Microsoft Azure you can be even more confident that your information is secure. Not only are they held to high standards and security certifications, as one of the most credible and reliable long-standing technology companies, many small businesses feel confident trusting their precious data with Microsoft.
Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity a lot more efficient. No matter what happens to your business, whether it’s flood, fire or break in, your data will remain safe. Just log in to your account from a convenient location and carry on working as normal.