Imagine if it was possible to simplify your office technology in a way that could eliminate the need to purchase, install and maintain the technology infrastructure required to run your business and instead only pay for the technology you used every month. Cloud computing makes this possible.
Cloud computing is suitable for both new organisations who have no IT infrastructure on their premises or businesses who might want to move their IT infrastructure to the cloud and get all the benefits of cloud computing.
Cost-Effective IT Solutions
Cloud computing is a cost-effective solution primarily because it is a consumption-based pricing model and a business does not have to pay for IT infrastructure hardware or resources.
It is more like renting the IT infrastructure from a cloud provider and only pay for the amount of time it has been used.
Additional resources need to be purchased only when they are needed and you can stop paying for resources when they are no longer needed. This also allows for better cost control as businesses can easily forecast how much will be spent in a given billing period based on the expected usage.
As a result, it is easier to perform an analysis based on future growth using historical usage data tracked by the cloud provider.
Horizontal and Vertical Scaling
When the IT infrastructure is on the business premises, the cost of replacing ageing or obsolete technology makes scaling a business expensive. Add to this the time and cost of training employees to become familiar with the new IT system.
Moving the IT infrastructure to the cloud gives businesses the ability to increase or decrease the resources of services based on demand.
In horizontal scaling, more resources and servers can be added to function together as one single business unit.
For example, if an e-commerce business has a sale which leads to a spike in traffic overnight, cloud computing allows the allocation of more resources to handle the increased traffic. When the traffic begins to normalise, cloud computing providers can automatically take away the additional resources to minimise the costs.
Vertical scaling on the other side is about adding resources to the existing set of servers. If a business has a server has like 4TB of memory then the memory can be spiked to 6TB, giving more power to the existing server.
Easy to Update and Maintain
Cloud based IT infrastructure is always up-to-date, allowing businesses to focus more on important aspects such as building and deploying applications.
It eliminates all the burdens of having to patch and maintain the software, hardware, upgrades and team management tasks. All of this is automatically done to ensure that the business is equipped w are using the latest tools required to operate smoothly.
Maintenance and upgrading of cloud hardware is also the responsibility of the cloud provider. If the hardware component on a rack fails then the cloud provider is the one who fixes it.
If a new hardware or firmware update becomes available the business does not have to go through the hassle of updating the firmware as it gets taken care of by the cloud provider.
Improved Reliability and Increased Security
Businesses need to be confident that their data is always available and secure. Cloud hosting provides data backups, disaster recovery and replication services to make sure data is always safe.
Also, redundancy is often built into the cloud services architecture so if one component fails a backup component takes its place. This ensures customers are not impacted when a disaster occurs.
Providing security for IT infrastructure stored at physical locations adds to overhead costs and constant monitoring of who is accessing the premises and who operates the server racks.
There’s also a concern about digital security, multi-factor authentication and how the data application infrastructure is being protected from potential threats.
Cloud providers take care of the infrastructure with heavily guarded wall cameras, gates and security personnel to protect the physical assets. They also have strict procedures in place to ensure employees have access only to those resources they have been authorised to manage.
Cloud computing gives local businesses the capabilities of large companies. Relying on state-of-the-art data centres with highly trained staff keeps your business up and running and ready to scale. The advantages of cloud computing, such as the ease of moving applications and data makes it an opportunity that is hard to ignore.
If you are looking to explore how your local business can benefit from moving to the cloud, we can help you choose a solution to help your business break free from the limitations of technology.