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The Top 6 Reasons to Use Cloud Computing

 The Top 6 Reasons to Use Cloud Computing - And How the 3 Types of Clouds Stack Up

February 2014

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 The Top 6 Reasons to Use Cloud Computing - And How the 3 Types of Clouds Stack Up

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The enterprise shift to cloud computing is being driven by six main reasons. Enterprises are finding that the cloud lets them access hardware and software services through the Internet, rather than purchasing and installing the actual hardware and software on-site at the office. It is hard to ignore the benefits of the cloud, including these top reasons for SMBs and enterprises alike to turn to the cloud as a viable, essential computing option.

  1. Reducing expenses - Dread the technology upgrade cycle? Large capital expenditures come with a new data center or even upgrading existing ERP, CRM, or accounting systems. Cloud computing removes the large capital expenditures and instead offers a fixed monthly payment. This keeps capital and operational expenses down, which is all too important in today's volatile business climate.
  2. Sticking to the business's core competencies. Running an IT department, particularly in today's rapidly evolving technological climate, requires time and resources that many businesses don't have. Accountants, attorneys, and contractors alike are realizing that utilizing cloud services, whether it's a full data center or a single application like email or QuickBooks, saves them money, runs better than anything they could set up themselves, and lets them keep their focus on what they do best.
  3. Helping the business adapt to changes. Once a business makes a big technology purchase, it is locked in to that investment - such as an email server or application server. This ties up capital and resources. However, because cloud services are scalable and come with predictable costs, they allow businesses to continue to adapt technology to meet their needs without large investments and without being stuck using a system that no longer works for them.
  4. Scaling to business needs. Any business with peak seasons or seasonal staffing cycles can benefit from cloud computing, which lets subscribers add users and capacity quickly and easily. Otherwise, the business ends up buying hardware and software resources that lie idle for the rest of the year, an expenditure that most businesses would rather avoid.
  5. Accessing systems from anywhere. Not just for remote workers, cloud services allow employees to work from anywhere they have Internet access. Businesses can authorize access to applications and data as needed. This also allows the company to continue with business as usual should a disaster take out the main office.
  6. Efficiently staffing the business. Instead of hiring specialized technology staff as the business grows or expands into new markets, cloud computing allows businesses to outsource the technology - and the staff to go with it.
Businesses can choose from three primary cloud computing types:

  • Public clouds provide infrastructure and services offsite via the Internet. While they are the most efficient for sharing resources, they also can be more vulnerable to outages or breaches. Public clouds are good for businesses that have a lot of people using applications like calendaring; need to test and develop code; use cloud-based applications from vendors with strong security programs; need to be able to add computing capacity incrementally or for peak times; or are collaborating on projects. Public clouds also work well for companies using Platform as a Service (PaaS) for ad-hoc software development projects. However, for companies with high security and privacy concerns, another cloud computing option should be considered, as the cost savings and flexibility will not likely be worth the security and privacy sacrifice.
  • Private clouds offer more security and have more levels of control than public clouds. For example, each private cloud is built just for one organization. Private clouds can either be built on-premise, or more typically, at an offsite location.
  • Hybrid clouds let companies leverage the cost savings of public clouds for applications like websites while using private clouds for more sensitive content and applications or for anything that is regulated by government entities.
Ultimately, enterprises need to evaluate what they expect from cloud computing before they choose a type of cloud. But the advantages to moving to the cloud are numerous, and it is worth more than just consideration.
                                                   
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