If your company is considering moving to the cloud, you are not alone. Cloud computing is continuously evolving and quickly becoming the new norm. Companies from every industry are making the move and are running their organizations more efficiently than ever before. There are many advantages to the cloud, but we’ve compiled a list of the top six benefits:
1) Clean Software
Because of the shared responsibility model, cloud suppliers are in charge of providing regular software updates. These updates are frequently rolled out and put new features and functionality into place, enabling companies to improve their productivity and focus on other important aspects of their business.
2) Cost Effective
By eliminating physical data centers, companies won’t have to spend money on hardware, facilities, utilities and other aspects of data center operations, therefore significantly reducing IT costs without impacting IT capability.
3) Flexible Pricing Models
The costs of cloud computing are much more flexible than traditional methods. Organizations benefit from the flexible and scalable subscription-based, “pay-as-you-go” system. Additionally, during times of business cutbacks, the flexible cost structure helps companies adjust needs, thereby limiting exposure.
4) 24/7 Availability
With many providers maintaining 99.99% uptime, the connection to the cloud is always available and accessible. As long as a company has an Internet connection, they can access applications anywhere, any time. This is especially useful for remote workers or companies with multiple offices in various locations.
5) Communication Advantages
Cloud applications improve collaboration by allowing dispersed groups of people to meet virtually and easily share information via shared storage. This capability can reduce time-to-market and improve product development and customer service.
6) Reduced Environmental Impact
Cloud computing enables companies to downsize data centers or even eliminate them altogether. With more efficient operations and fewer data centers worldwide, companies ultimately decrease environmental impact and improve “green” credentials by using shared resources.
Although data security remains the top concern for companies considering the move, closing the cloud skills gap is crucial to fully maximize the benefits of cloud services. Consider investing in an all-in-one solution that combines network visibility technology and third-party solutions to help troubleshoot performance issues and prevent security threats. Complete visibility is vital for making proactive decisions and getting to resolutions as quickly as possible.