This will convince you to switch to cloud-based hosting and computing

There is a lot of buzz around the cloud revolution in IoT (Internet of things). You definitely have come across it, wondered what it was, and then moved on to your regular work thinking that it’s a cumbersome concept. Well, it’s not.

Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. Where in the past, you would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in your building, cloud computing allows you access to the same kinds of applications through the internet.

When you post a tweet, you’re using cloud computing. Checking your bank balance on your phone? You’re in the cloud again. Chances are you rely on cloud computing to solve the challenges faced by small businesses, whether you’re firing off emails on the move or using a bunch of apps to help you manage your workload.

Cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits. Probably, this is why you hear so much about cloud computing these days. And why should you opt for cloud computing? We’ll give you enough reasons.

It provides flexibility
Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is baked into the service. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors.

Disaster recovery is simpler
Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is more often an ideal than the reality. Cloud is now helping more organisations buck that trend.

You get automatic software updates
The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates — including security updates — so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. This leaves you free to focus on the things that are much more up your alley, like growing your business.

Capital expenditure is lower
Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your capital. Besides, the ease of setup and management is an added bonus. Suddenly, your scary, hairy IT project looks a lot friendlier. You can thank us later.

Increases inter-team collaboration
When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations.

You can work from anywhere
With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you’ve got to hand. One study reported that 42% of workers would swap a portion of their pay for the ability to telecommute. On average they’d be willing to take a 6% pay cut. Think about the money you’ll be saving.

You retain total document control
The more employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for watertight document control. Before the cloud, workers had to send files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by one user at a time. Sooner or later — usually sooner — you end up with a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles.

When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees one version of the truth. Greater visibility means improved collaboration, which ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line. If you’re still relying on the old way, it could be time to try something a little more streamlined. You can’t afford to waste time renaming files, putting them into folders manually.

Optimal security
Lost laptops are a billion dollar business problem. And potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit is the loss of the sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this happens. Because your data is stored in the cloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your machine. And you can even remotely wipe data from lost laptops so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

Competitiveness
Is there a simple step you could take to become more competitive? Definitely. Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, for everyone. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys, and disrupt the market while remaining lean and nimble.

And as if you needed more reasons, cloud-based computing and hosting is environment-friendly. When your cloud needs to fluctuate, your server capacity scales up and down to fit. So you only use the energy you need and you don’t leave oversized carbon footprints.

When you add up all of the aforementioned points, you get a ready-made no-brainer decision. So get cracking and get yourself a hassle-free David, that has the capabilities of Goliath