Unlike years ago, starting a new business does not mean the necessity to invest in expensive servers and software. Instead, many businesses are turning to cloud technology. It is now an incredibly worthwhile option for delivering IT services to a company, delivering great value for business outcomes. By the end of 2014, cloud technology will have generated over $150 billion in revenue, with only greater demand in the future.
Cloud technology is more than just a “technological paradigm” for IT services, but also playing a strong role in making businesses more customer-centric and helping them find new opportunities. There are many benefits that businesses are finding cloud brings them:
- Ease of Use: With a business’s files stored in a centralized location, it is easier than ever before to access files, even for the least technologically savvy employee.
- Cost Savings: It is more cost efficient than the traditional file storage method on a local server.
- Flexible: There is no limit to space. The cloud’s space grows as the business needs change.
- Automation: These applications will update automatically, allowing companies’ IT teams to focus on other needs.
- Safe Backup: There isn’t a concern about systems failure destroying or losing files. When storing files on cloud technology, it creates backup copies so your business won’t lose any of its important documents.
- Collaboration Opportunities: With all files available anywhere at any time, it allows people to easily share and work simultaneously on files to be efficient and productive while working.
- Room for Growth: Cloud technology is scalable and flexible. As your company grows, it can easily grow along too in order to meet storage requirements.
There are four different deployment styles of cloud technology.
- Public: available to the public through the Internet, like Google AppEngine and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
- Private: available within a corporate firewall
- Community: shared between organizations of mutual trust or baring contracts to store and share data
- Hybrid: combination of the previous three models. The company provides and manages some resources, while others are external through a public cloud service
Whether your business is looking to save space, money or collaboration methods, cloud technology is ramping up to be a force to be reckoned with in the business world. No matter if you are using public or private deployments, cloud technology’s benefits will aid your business make smarter, faster business decisions.