On November 25, 1844, a young boy was born in a small town in Germany.
At the age of 2, this young boy lost his father, and because his mother was poor, he was called upon to support the family at an early age. The boy was gifted in technology and he used this gift to earn more money for his family. The young boy had a dream, he wanted to create a “horseless carriage”, and in a bid to achieve his dream, the young boy began to learn more about engines. He wanted to know how they functioned, and he eventually became infatuated with them. That young boy was Carl Benz.
Cloud Computing is a goldmine, it is the engine that will change your business. But in other, for you to fully take advantage of it, you need to understand its benefits and how it functions. Carl Benz understood the importance of engines to his goal, he knew the benefits and that was why he was able to make use of them. So, if you want to optimize your business with cloud computing, you need to properly understand the benefits.
What are the benefits of Cloud Computing to your business?
1. Cost Reduction:
Imagine this, you need to buy a car to get to work, but you’re tight on funds. Getting a car looks absolutely impossible in your current state. But someone walks up to you and says, “I heard you need a car to get to work, well, I offer a service where you can get a car but all you have to pay for is the fuel as long as you’re using it”. Wouldn’t you jump at the offer?
The concept of Cloud Computing is relatively close to that. With cloud computing, you have no need for IT infrastructures and IT expert teams, all you need is good internet and a subscription to the cloud services you want to use. Most Cloud services, function on a pay-as-you-go service, which means that you only pay for the services you make use of and nothing more.
2. Data Security:
In recent times, data security has become a major issue. According to a report by Norton security firm, over $19.2 billion was lost by Americans in 2017, with an average American losing a sum of $142.
Small businesses have to continuously protect their data from breaches and cloud computing offers advanced features to help them achieve this goal.
Cloud providers implement baseline protections such as:
- Acess controls
Cloud providers are focused on keeping your data secure.
3. Disaster Recovery:
What happens if you’re using the traditional IT infrastructure and your pieces of equipment become damaged? Or maybe they get stolen or misplaced? What do you do? You’ll probably try to retrieve your data, but the chances of retrieving your data are usually very low and it’ll cost you a lot of money. But with cloud computing, everything is saved on the cloud. Storing your data on the cloud ensures that those data are easily available even if your equipment is damaged. All you need is a good internet and you’ll gain access to your data.
4. Increased level of control:
In 2008, an employee of the British Home Office downloaded all of the sensitive prisoner’s data from the servers unto a thumb drive and misplaced it, causing a loss of records of prison inmates. The data contained personal information of about 33,000 individuals with six or more recordable convictions. Having control over sensitive data is vital in any organization. You never know what could happen if those pieces of information get into the wrong hands (or an employee, who feels downloading sensitive information on a thumb drive is a nice idea).
Cloud Computing allows you to take total control, and it makes it possible for you to decide which user has what level of access to certain data.
5. Increased Mobility:
Cloud Computing ensures that no one is left out of the data loop due to its mobility. You can gain mobile access to it wherever you are in the world and with whatever device as long as you have an internet connection. Resources in the cloud can be easily stored, retrieved, recovered, or processed with just a couple of clicks. Users can get access to their works on-the-go, 24/7, via any devices of their choice, in any corner of the world as long as you stay connected to the internet. On top of that, all the upgrades and updates are done automatically, off-sight by the service providers.
Cloud Computing has a lot of benefits, and it can help improve the way your business functions. The benefits include:
- Cost Reduction
- Data Security
- Disaster Recovery
- Increased level of control
- Increased Mobility.
If you have any questions, reach out to me with the mail on my bio.