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Why Should Your Company Move to the Cloud?
If you could spend $5 and make $25, you would do it right? Cloud computing has seen a major surge in the business world in the last few years, and it is here to stay. As you are probably already aware, this service is responsible for storing and protecting a company's data. Instead of your organization maintaining its own software, cloud computing is available to you as a service you can access over the internet. With remote teams sprouting up everywhere and more and more employees working at their own time and pace, cloud backup and recovery proves to be an ideal solution for every business that is worried about cyber security – thus saving money.
Cloud computing hasn’t been around for all that long a time: in fact, it was only in 2008 that NASA launched OpenNebula, the first cloud computing platform for managing storage, network, monitoring and security for private and hybrid clouds. But flash forward less than a decade and you’d be hard-pressed to find a company or individual under a certain age who does not use at least one cloud-based application. It makes it so easy to run a company remotely!
From Gmail to Spotify, and iCloud in particular, the cloud has truly descended upon us, with seemingly limitless capabilities over mobile and desktop. Aside from individual functions, cloud computing has also revolutionized how we store our online goods: rather than hosting on a dedicated server, the cloud shares all its data across a network of servers, which affords smaller businesses and startups a good amount of flexibility. But there are still factors to be considered for those who are making a decision between a web-hosting server, a cloud service, or just doing it the old way and investing in physical servers.
The Cost of the Cloud
For an entrepreneur, it makes all the sense in the world to start a business on a cloud platform: cloud platforms provide a variety of applications that can help perform tasks suited for a new entrepreneur, like order production, invoicing, accounts receivable and other services. Cloud platforms also allow you to pay for what you use and they require no hardware, which can financially benefit smaller businesses or companies who have occasional but unstable traffic surges.
However, for those who are pursuing larger ventures that require large databases, or involve large scaling or very industry-specific software features that are not included in the cloud apps, it might be worth it to invest in a private hosting server.
Your business can scale up or scale down your operation and storage needs quickly to suit your situation, allowing flexibility as your needs change. Rather than purchasing and installing expensive upgrades yourself, your cloud computer service provider can handle this for you. Using the cloud frees up your time so you can get on with running your business.
For small startups that can’t necessarily afford their own dedicated office space, or have more employees working from home than in office, using a cloud system absolutely makes sense. Since cloud applications are browser-based, all users need to complete their tasks is log-in information, a mobile phone, tablet or computer, and a stable internet connection. And with the variety of cloud apps available anyone on your team will be able to do whatever they need to do.
Collaboration in a cloud environment gives your business the ability to communicate and share more easily outside of the traditional methods. If you are working on a project across different locations, you could use cloud computing to give employees, contractors and third parties access to the same files. You could also choose a cloud computing model that makes it easy for you to share your records with your advisers (e.g. a quick and secure way to share accounting records with your accountant or financial adviser).
Safety Not Guaranteed, but Strongly Assured
An ongoing debate around cloud hosting is over the question of security. In light of more and more high profile system hacks, many fear that entrusting third-party hosts like Google, Amazon, and Rackspace with such sensitive information as credit card numbers and other personal information might be risky.
However, it has been argued that any information that is kept secure by Google’s 500+ security researchers, whose sole task is to locate and solve bugs in its systems, it is probably safer there than sitting in its own independent server.
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