Cloud technology is, without a doubt, one of the most significant advances of the last 10 years. Every day, more and more companies are moving huge sections of their business into the cloud and reaping the many rewards of doing so.
There are many advantages to moving your infrastructure to the cloud. Here are a few of the best:
Greatly Increased Data Security
If you use a reputable cloud company and server-provider, you increase your business's data security by a huge amount.
First of all, you don't have your own servers to worry about, so physical damage to your infrastructure is not a problem. Natural events (floods, electrical surges, earthquakes) can't damage your data when you don't house your own servers.
As for the cloud company's servers, they use a number of very extensive backup protocols to protect your data from unforeseen natural events. For instance, many companies have three separate backups, all in different geographical locations – the chances of all of them being damaged by a flood or storm at the same time are extremely low. Your business will have to worry about data recovery a lot less.
Save Money on Servers
There's another benefit that comes from not housing your own servers – you don't have to buy and maintain servers!
Servers are expensive, not only for the cost of the hardware, but for the cost of the staff whose job it is to keep them running.
Not only are servers expensive to run, but anytime there is a problem with a server (and problems happen very often in large server rooms), a huge expense could be incurred simply to fix the problem.
When you're in the cloud, none of this is your problem anymore – your rates don't increase when the cloud company's server technician has to work overtime to fix a problem!
Remote Access is Very Easy
One of the most widely-advertised benefits of cloud technology is how easy it makes remote access. When your business's data is all in the cloud, you can quickly and easily access it from anywhere in the world – all you need is an internet connection!
This makes remote working that much easier – you don't have to mess around with virtual desktops and all the issues that come with them (connection speed being the main one).
Scalability is a problem all businesses face at some point – what happens if your business grows to the point that you need to house a lot more data? If your server room is physically full, you might be in a bit of a bind.
With cloud services, scalability is simply a matter of purchasing a larger data allowance. No hassle, no physical relocations, and no loss in productivity – it's a simple matter of clicking a button!