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5 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Your Business

Guest Contributor on Jun 29, 2017 2:30:00 PM

benefits-of-cloud-computing-for-your-businessPrime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, freelance writer and marketing consultant, Lisa Michaels, discusses how companies are profiting by incorporating cloud computing.

Businesses used to be limited in their computing power because of hard-drive constraints. One computer had to be managed by the business with constant upgrades to keep up with an expanding customer base. With cloud-based computing, an entire world opened up to businesses of all sizes.

Cloud computing simplifies the data-storage system by offering a huge amount of storage at an off-site location. Companies remotely save and access the secured data with their computers and Internet connections. Here are the top 5 benefits of cloud computing that allow your business to move forward.

Mobility

Businesses used to be limited in personnel based on their proximity to the office. Cloud computing makes it possible to branch out to other locations and employ workers from around the world. This allows the employees to work from home or from anywhere with an Internet connection to access the cloud.

This reduces business overhead because fewer physical offices are necessary and improves the company's bottom line.

Flexibility

Your company's busy and slow periods are widely varied throughout a fiscal year. As a result, your data needs will also ebb and flow. You won't find any data limitations with cloud computing because most businesses have access to extra storage as necessary.

You can pull more GBs of data during your busiest month while paring down the use as the slow season arrives. This flexibility is normally part of your storage package so no extra fees are necessary. For your employees and customers, any data search or research session is seamless at the touch of a button.

Security

Businesses used to fret over lost laptops or stolen computers. Any data stored on those hard drives was vulnerable to unauthorized access. Cloud computing changes this scenario entirely.

Your employees aren't required to save anything to their hard drives; instead they save the work to the cloud. The computer merely becomes a tool to see and download the information from a remote location.

Cloud computing goes even farther because the remote storage is also secured with the latest virus software. Security professionals verify that the latest software is installed so that hacks and other issues don't become problems.

Cost Effectiveness

It's difficult enough to run a business without worrying about the IT side of the industry. Servers and computers are expensive investments. If every company was required to support their own computer department, many businesses wouldn't get off the ground in the first place.

Cloud computing takes the expense out of data storage. You don't have to pay for upkeep or hardware - you simply lease the space out with extra fees associated with upgrades or downgrades. In essence, you only pay for the services that you use.

Small businesses that don’t require lots of storage can start with free cloud services such as Microsoft’s One Drive and then upgrade to the paid service once their needs increase.

Environmental Impact

Every business owner wants their company to perform well on every level, including its environmental impacts. Luckily, cloud services offer your company a chance to be green.

Most computing centers are arranged to save energy with the latest components using very little electricity. And since businesses are remotely accessing computing hardware, they don't generate a lot of energy use.

Final Thoughts

With an ever-expanding computing world, cloud systems are sure to become the norm for almost every company. Take advantage of the flexibility and security offered by these remote servers. Your business can grow in leaps and bounds as data concerns are no longer an issue.

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