The case for the cloud:
We're living in an always-connected era. This connectivity has given us enormous potential to work, play, study and even socialize. Thanks to this connectivity, the world has become smaller, and we are all now truly global citizens. We are no longer limited to our desks, the collaboration and productivity apps we have used in the past have jumped right out of our desktop computers onto the cloud allowing us to co-create from anywhere.
The computer you don't see: The power of the supercomputer in our palm: we are all used to checking bank balance, hailing a cab ride, ordering food, glancing at our emails, posting on Facebook, and even connecting without our loved ones on Whatsapp. We are all exposed to cloud computing in one way or another. These new marvels of technology are all possible because cloud computing allows small businesses to stay focus on building up business by fine-tuning their processes and workflow efficiency which in return drives their revenue and operational effectiveness. A recent IDG survey has gathered that 77% CIO's and IT managers of businesses that moved to the cloud said that their cloud-based initiative has met or exceeded their initial expectations.And if we were not able to pursue you yet, the summary below will. Iterated below are the advantages your business could have in moving to the cloud with an accent on the "Less is more" philosophy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his principle of Minimalism…
Saving money, lowering costs and being cost effective : You already know that Cloud computing means less hardware and power usage. Recruiting decent staff with the right experience takes time and money, and respectable IT specialists usually outweigh the costs of hardware and software. Thus, moving everything online reduces the TCO (Total cost of ownership) - installation, maintenance, upgrade and IT support costs.
The computer you don't use : With Cloud computing, it is now possible to pay for only the computing resource you consume and when you consume it. You can choose a plan aligning that best fits your business needs, the size of the company and the scope of work and the service provider will take care of your security and software updates, at a fraction of the operating cost it takes to run an in-house server."The Cloud plan we use gives us the performance we need to support the site's workload," said Pål Kristensen, head of system operations and DevOps at Geodata. "Overall, supporting a system like this on-premises would be much more expensive and complex." he continued.Another customer remarked "Once we factor in personnel and datacenter facilities costs, our Cloud plan is considerably cheaper than using physical servers to support the rapid increase in traffic fuelled by the sharp rise in the number of students," - Dr. Kalpesh Parikh, IT Advisor at Gujarat Technological University. He added, "We can confidently scale out from supporting 3,000 concurrent users of our website to 30,000 concurrent users." he said.
Improving workflow and increasing teamwork : In a cloud model work is updated real-time, and all team members have full visibility of the entire work. The ability to browse and access many files through the cloud alleviates the work in one master document. Also, capacity to save, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, makes collaboration easier and better. Additionally, employers can track and manage individual or team progress on all given assignments at once.
Progress is being able to work from anywhere: Gone are the days of being stuck to a workplace, a desktop computer and a local server. Today, thanks to Cloud computing you can enjoy the full benefits of a mobile-first world. Your office can be any place and anytime you decide. An internet connection to tap into your data combined with the right analytics tools online is all that it takes to come up with the right perspective and thus arrive at intelligent business decisions. "With our Cloud plan, we have the same hosting provider for all regions, which means we don't have to customize and tweak hosting solutions per region," says Sreenivas Yalamanchili – DMS Global Technical Manager at Unilever. Cloud-based services are also perfect for businesses with fluctuating bandwidth demands. The cloud capacity could be easily increased or decreased to fit your budget or workloads. And last but not least, with remote mobile apps, you're no longer restricted to the device you use. You can start your work on your computer, make amends on your tablet and finally finalize and email from your mobile phone. This efficiency offers a flexible workflow for the employees thus creating an enjoyable yet productive work-life balance.
Improving Security and document control : Since data is stored in the Cloud, you no longer have to worry about downtime - lost, stolen or broken laptops and machines. This is a huge money saver, not only for the hardware itself but also from data loss. Cloud computing is secure; It offers file security of different types. Firstly, files can be encrypted so that only designated people can access them. One of the cloud customers who benefitted from this feature remarked that "The team was also able to configure security groups within the Cloud plan to better protect our resources from external attacks, and minimize the risk of data loss and leakage," said Dr. Parikh.
Secondly, data can be write-protected and backed up automatically. Thirdly, data can be version controlled so that previous versions of data are kept before they are modified. This feature fixes a standard issue in legacy systems where one could quickly lose control of the document if collaborators were to overwrite on the same version. One of the Cloud computing customers commented "We designed a disaster recovery solution to protect our content management system, content deployment architecture, and many GOLD-‐classified web properties—and to give the business confidence in the Cloud computing," said Yalamanchili.
The Green Computer:Sustainability is a new practice among modern day businesses. Saving energy and being environmentally friendly is a key feature of Cloud computing. Firstly, having better hardware utilization means producing work efficiently. Cloud computing consumes less power and thus leave a lower carbon footprint. As an example, the researchers from the Berkeley Lab have created model for examination of the energy and carbon emissions from Cloud computing in the United States. The model, called CLEER can help in generating custom scenarios calculating the net energy and greenhouse gas emissions that the Cloud computing replaces instead of using physical systems. There are many other reasons to move your business to Cloud NOW, and the benefits are unquestionable. The first step in the right direction is to select a cloud service that has the right ingredients to run your business and flexible enough to grow it. If you need help in the choice of the right Cloud platform or consult with us on your IT strategy, please feel free to contact our team of Cloud experts at Codelattice.