As companies have continued to grow, and data amplifies, there has been a lot of interest in cloud computing over the past two decades. Heavy hitters like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon are deep into cloud computing services and their advantages. Despite the benefits cloud computing holds for business efficiencies, cost-savings, and competitive dominance, a large portion of the business community continues to operate without it.
If you are still not sure what this cloud thing is, here is the basic idea: rather than storing your company’s data on a computer or server hard drive, everything is stored in “the cloud.” This massive space is generated by third-party server farms that you gain access to via the internet. Cloud computing services offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.
So, is your company ready to jump on the cloud computing bandwagon? Let's discuss the 7 top benefits of cloud computing, in simple terms, and how we can help you manage your business through a solution-based approach to data storage.
Top Benefits of Cloud Computing
There are many business drivers that companies benefit from when migrating to the cloud. But no matter what drives you to the cloud, Kobargo can help. Learn more about our cloud hosting services, data security, and support designed to help you achieve your business objectives quickly and efficiently.
Capital Investment Savings
Migrating to the cloud helps companies eliminate the hard costs of buying hardware and software. Traditional datacenter costs add up when internal IT experts are managing its infrastructure. In addition, cloud computing saves on setting up and running on-site data centers with racks of servers or around-the-clock security. Dell reports that companies that invest in big data, cloud, mobility, and security enjoy up to 53% faster revenue growth than their competitors. Investing in cloud computing services also helps new and established businesses save on ample electricity usage for cooling equipment.
Speed and Agility
There is only a finite amount of focus that you can split between all of the responsibilities of your business. Using the cloud offers businesses more flexibility overall rather than dealing with data-storing issues when hosted on a local server. Using a cloud-managed system allows you to focus your attention on reaching business goals with the extra bandwidth the cloud service can provide. The improved freedom and agility will make a significant difference in your organization's efficiency.
Using a cloud-computing solution can lead to security concerns for many organizations. Without files and data being kept secure onsite, it's not surprising that businesses have these worries. However, cloud hosting is a full-time job that is carefully monitored and is significantly more efficient than a traditional in-house IT system. A substantially high percentage of data thefts occur internally and are perpetrated by employees. RapidScale claims that 94% of businesses saw an improvement in security after switching to the cloud and 91% said the cloud makes it easier to meet government compliance requirements.
Cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centers. Each is regularly upgraded to the latest generation of software. These automatic software updates regularly refresh saving valuable IT staff time without forcing a manual organization-wide update. PCWorld lists that 50% of cloud adopters cited requiring fewer internal IT resources as a cloud benefit.
Data Loss Prevention
In an age where technology advances rigorously, the deterioration of your local hardware and software is tied to the safety of your data. If your computing systems experience a problem you might end up losing your data, permanently putting your organization in an unwanted predicament. If you are not on the cloud, you run the risk of losing all of the information saved on local servers. However, with a cloud-based solution you’ve uploaded your data to a safe and secure space, which is accessible from any computer, without missing a beat.
Analytics and Insights
Many cloud-based storage systems offer integrated cloud analytics for insights into your data. With tracking systems easily implemented in the cloud to build customized reports to analyze information across your organization. The beverage company Sunny Delight was able to increase profits by about $2 million a year and cut $195,000 in staffing costs through cloud-based business insights.
Getting an Edge on Competitors
By implementing cloud computing in your organization, you will gain a competitive edge with benefits accessible at your fingertips. Utilizing cloud-based technology allows businesses to scale elastically without being restrictive. A recent Verizon report found that 77% of businesses feel cloud technology gives them a competitive advantage, and 16% believe this advantage is significant.
Migrate to Cloud Computing with Kobargo
Kobargo, partnered with VMware, Dell, Cisco, Nutanix, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, has helped hundreds of organizations successfully migrate significant workloads to the cloud.
We provide you with an analysis of your current environment and a “best-in-breed” solution that is focused on better services with efficient pricing. We don't "sell you" these services as a cost-saving measure, although most customers realize a lower monthly recurring cost, but rather as a better solution. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you!