CyNexLink Blog • June 31, 2017
Cloud computing allows you to virtually deliver hardware and software services through the internet instead of housing them physically in your office space. However, not all clouds are created equal: there are private, public, and hybrid clouds, and companies can choose from these three cloud options depending on the nature of their business or the sensitivity of the content at hand.
For example, public cloud computing is generally cheaper and more efficient, while private clouds offer greater security and control over sensitive business content. In many cases, the dualism of a hybrid cloud model can be the most convenient option for an SMB or enterprise company: it allows them to maintain security over sensitive data through private cloud computing while utilizing the public cloud for less vulnerable components of their business.
There are many reasons to consider cloud computing for your business:
- Scale according to your business needs. Generally, staffing demands can vary significantly in a single year (during peak season for example) and this shifting need for more or less storage capacity is precisely why cloud computing can be so convenient. Scaling to meet current needs is more cost-efficient than purchasing a software or hardware to meet peak season demands, as this will leave much of your software/hardware capacity unused during non-peak seasons.
- Smaller monthly payments. With cloud computing, there is no need for large capital investments. This is a key selling point, especially for startups and small businesses where capital is limited and usually reserved for the company’s core-functions and services. As mentioned above, scaling means you pay according to what you use; no need to worry about “wasting” money on unused services.
- Access is easy and flexible. Cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure allow you to break free from your desk, and work from home or any other non-brick-and-mortar office you settle in. Storing and maneuvering around your important business files remotely and from anywhere. For small businesses, and depending on the scope of your company, this can eliminate the need for office space entirely.
- Focus on your business. Running your own IT can be a business in and of itself, and it can eat away from the core-services and values of your company. If you plan to meet your personal business objectives and grow your company by perfecting your product or service, do not waste time with the non-essentials. Cloud computing takes the hassle out of IT and makes running a business that much more enjoyable.
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