Even though we’re almost to the end of 2015, there’s still time to get started on the cloud path. Whether or not you’re using cloud computing now, the ideas in this article will still be relevant in 2016.
Cloud computing has quickly become a major part of the IT business and it’s definitely continuing to expand. Gartner Research predicts that by 2017, the global cloud market will expand to $250 billion. Yes, billion, not million. I think we can all agree that the trend toward more and bigger data will not decrease. Fortunately we can expect cloud services to adapt in order to offer even more more benefits in 2016.
Why your business should use cloud computing in 2015
1. Easier access to data
This is such a big advantage, especially now that so many businesses have employees who work remotely. If you have all of your data on cloud, then there’s no need for you to exchange USB sticks, not even with the coworkers from your office. All you need is a laptop, computer, a mobile device, and an Internet connection.
2. Data protection
The problem with having USB sticks, portable hard disks or even CDs (do people still use CDs?) is that they can be stolen, misplaced or some other scenario you don’t really want to think about. Even though high profile hacks of cloud services have been in the news, things have changed quickly. Most major services are now more secure, thanks to encryption and security certificates.
3. Cost effective
If you use cloud computing in 2015 you’ll reduce your costs drastically because you won’t be paying extra for hardware or servers. With cloud computing, you simply rent the space you need. Cloud services typically have different plans, so that they can meet the needs of various businesses. This is a great advantage for small businesses because it can really save them a lot of money.
4. Testing capability
A hybrid cloud allows companies to test different applications in a controlled environment. If time is limited, they already have the environment, so it’s not going to cost them too much. The State of the Cloud survey conducted by RightScale discovered that among companies that use cloud computing in 2015, 82% have a hybrid cloud strategy.
5. Disaster recovery
There’s nothing worse for any company than to have a crisis with important documents, whatever those issues might be. The good news is that with cloud computing, you can generally avoid this. The providers are the ones who will take care of any issues that might come up. Aberdeen Group, a first-party research organization that helps businesses improve their performance, found that companies that use the cloud resolve their issues faster than those who don’t use the cloud. This is a huge plus because time is money.
Using cloud computing in 2015 can keep your IT team’s focus on what actually matters – managing up-to-date, accurate data to provide efficient and useful insights for your decision makers. If you’d like to talk about your data situation, our experts specialize in moving data to the cloud, including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Contact us to to see how we can help.