In many ways, the apps and services that your business uses are like a car. There’s the steep purchase cost, need for regular maintenance, and without them, you are pretty much stranded.
But what if you could ‘rent’ the services that you use rather than buying them, in the same way, that you can hire a car? You reap all the benefits, and only pay for as long as you need them. That’s how cloud computing works.
It’s like a rental facility, but of high-end IT infrastructure instead of a car. Cloud service providers (CSPs) offer storage and access to services and apps across multiple server locations. The cloud offers seamless access to data from all parts of the world while still ensuring security to businesses that sign up to use it.
Importance of Cloud Computing
If you’re on the fence about whether cloud computing is for you, then it is important for you to know that cloud computing services can give your business a competitive edge.
You can use cloud services on a month-to-month basis without worrying about installing and maintaining on-premises IT infrastructure. Plus, with cloud backups and data recovery, you’ll never have to worry about your business operations being interrupted.
You’ll get round-the-clock support to ensure that your business runs as smoothly as possible. Whether you subscribe to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), you will have quick and easy access tp the tools and resources that you choose, and will be able to use them almost immediately.
You can securely store, retrieve, and access your data from anywhere in the world with nothing more than an internet connection, and enjoy benefits like speed, scalability, and data security under all circumstances.
This makes it no surprise that cloud computing for small businesses is becoming more popular every day.
Benefits of Cloud Computing
From reducing IT infrastructure costs, to running your operations more efficiently, there are many benefits of cloud services. Let’s discuss some of the advantages of using cloud computing for your business.
- Flexible in Cost and Capacity
Cloud computing offers a lot of flexibility in terms of usage and cost. Being a subscription-based service, you can decide on the cloud services that you need and then simply pay-as-you-go. If your business grows and you find yourself needing more space, you can upgrade quickly and easily, and instantly access more resources. Using cloud services will also help you actively save money, since you’ll no longer need to purchase the software and hardware for the installing and maintaining an on-premises data centre. And you’ll save on manpower as well!
Cloud services offer a reliable solution for data storage, app access and more. You never need to worry about your server going down, or your information being lost, because you’ll have access to secure storage, backups and recovery. This makes it more reliable than on-premises solutions which need constant maintenance by you. When you use cloud services, everything is taken care of for you, and your services are backed up across multiple servers.
- Increased Productivity and Enhanced Collaboration
When you use on-premises IT infrastructure, you need to install software and configure supporting hardware before you can even get started. Cloud services can be accessed and used within minutes. This increases productivity, since you can get started straight away without having to worry about the nitty-gritty of software integration, or the transition of data from your in-house system to the cloud. Your CSP will take care of that! Once up and running, you can take advantage of the enhanced collaboration that cloud services allow for as well.
- Disaster Recovery
Discussions around the importance of cloud computing often focus on business continuity – the ability to carry on without any downtime, even when a data disaster occurs. No business ever wants to see their data being compromised, but when the worst happens, your CSP can ensure that you don’t lose any vital information. Your CSP stores data and information across multiple server locations. This means, if there is a data disaster, all your essential information and apps can be restored quickly and easily, and your business will be able to continue without a hitch.
Why Solid Systems?
Solid Systems is a reliable and well-established CSP with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and London. Our cloud pros make data transition quick and easy, ensuring that your business operations continue without a hitch while you get to enjoy all the cloud computing benefits. We also provide 24-hour IT helpdesk support to give you the best possible cloud experience. Contact us today to learn how we can help you benefit from our cloud services.