Perhaps you’ve just heard the rumours of cloud performance and scalability, or you’ve been thinking of migrating your business over to cloud hosting for a while. Whatever the case, businesses around the world are realising the benefits of the cloud for a variety of applications.

Dozens of businesses that you have certainly heard of (Spotify, Google Docs, Dropbox) and millions more that you haven’t heard of have been quietly moving to cloud based networks and hosting solutions in order to make themselves more scalable, more secure and more efficient.

While your business might not require the same amount of cloud resources as Google, there are still an impressive number of ways cloud hosting can be of benefit to any business owner!

Flexibility & Scalability

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Businesses are dynamic organisms, therefore they require a system that can constantly adapt to meet the ever-changing needs and demands they face daily. Cloud hosting offers a truly flexible platform that can scale up and down to meet the requirements of both your businesses and your customers.

This flexibility can give you an edge over your competitors; your applications won’t ever keel over due to high traffic demands and if your business grows in the near future, cloud hosting allows you to scale up with minimal cost and little need to shell out on extra hardware.

Reduced Capital Costs

Setting up an in-house network is a long and arduous task and it’s often expensive to maintain. There are hardware costs, cooling, storing, power and skilled maintenance to consider. Wouldn’t you prefer someone else to deal with it while you get on with what matters most? That’s right, your business.

Migrating to cloud hosting is going to save you money in the long run. In fact, according to NSK approximately 82% of companies saved money by migrating to the cloud – whether it be a public cloud solution or a private one.

Not only does it help cut high costs, it can help to boost your profits too! According to a survey by   Rackspace, in conjunction with the Manchester Business School, over 88% of cloud users witnessed significant cost savings and at least 56% of respondents agreed that cloud services have helped their company to boost their profits.

Anywhere, Any Time

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Cloud based software and file storage can do incredible things for workforce mobility. Imagine a world where employees don’t have their own machines, but simply log in to any computer and can instantly access their files, their software and their settings. This makes your workforce instantly more flexible and able to work when and where it is necessary.

Of course running a business over the cloud also offers increased ease of collaboration, meaning your whole workforce can have access to all the same files and programs at once. Cloud systems can also be configured “to taste”, restricting access to certain users and refining the system. Cloud systems are truly inspirational and may perhaps save many man hours in not having to download, upload or transfer via email or memory stick again.

Mitigated Risk

When it comes to cloud computing, security is obviously a major concern in many business owners’ minds and steps do of course need to be taken to ensure a secure cloud.

But there are also big security advantages at a human resource level. For example, all of your business’ software can be stored on your cloud environment, which can be encrypted according to your needs.

Cloud based file sharing also reduces or even removes the need for employees to email files to themselves or other employees – which is sometimes done using personal email accounts! The advantages or irradiating this practice are obvious.

But of course, it is important to thoroughly understand the risks involved in operating a business over the cloud, and then take a risk based approach to the way you structure and use your cloud environment.

– ‘A risk based approach to cloud computing is what’s needed’ –

High level users’ accounts should be governed by increased encryption and a higher level of scrutiny in order to maintain data security.

Peace of Mind

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Security in a good cloud network is a lot like security at the airport; certain files and programs are protected at certain levels of access, much like the duty free shop is only accessible past the x-ray machine. A well protected system offers you peace of mind as:

  1. It provides a platform with many layers of security
  2. It ensures a redundancy in case of an attack or system failure
  3. Firewalls can be implemented to fend off malignant users

Further Benefits

Offering a competitive service is a perpetual challenge for smaller business – especially when having to compete against the services offered by larger enterprises; where they have lots of money, technical experts and technology at their disposal. The good thing is that cloud hosting offers these services at a price affordable to many smaller businesses, making competing with the top brands not only possible, but effective too.

Cloud hosting has also been promoted as being much more ecologically responsible than traditional forms of hosting. Since much of the cloud is virtualised and runs as efficiently as possible, energy requirements can be significantly minimised – which is a bonus if your company promotes a green and ecological ethos. Doing away with all the extra server banks, cooling racks and physical maintenance, energy costs and carbon emissions can sometimes see a reduction of up to 30%.

Services hosted on the cloud can see a significant improvement in efficiency and reliability, some services include:

  • Large ecommerce systems
  • Email & web software hosting
  • IT support systems
  • Financial & client management
  • Customer relationship management
  • Collaboration and project management

If you are wondering how migrating to the cloud can benefit a specific part of your business, or the services your business offers, feel free to get in touch with the friendly team at Veber.

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