July 18, 2018
When discussing cloud services we often talk about their benefits from an IT perspective. When in reality the scope of benefits far exceed IT and can elevate and modernize the entire business. At Attunix we help companies achieve modernization through strategically implementing a diverse array of cloud services. In this post we will do a deep dive on the specific business advantages cloud computing and cloud services provide.
Storing data in the cloud is storing data over the internet through a service provider’s server. Relying on in-house servers can prove costly and cumbersome to maintain especially for small businesses. The cloud provides unlimited flexibility and scalability for storage with unlimited capacity. Instead of investing in infrastructure to house data, companies can pay by their level of usage. At Attunix, we work with our clients to migrate their data to modern data centers in the cloud.
Accessible Anywhere: With local file storage, data can only be accessed on site in a specific location. The business world is evolving and more companies are adopting flexible work schedules. Storing data in the cloud allows employees to access their data anywhere in the world at any time on any device. This also allows for employees who visit clients off site to pull up data and information quickly without needing to connect to a VPN.
Nearly all businesses aim to grow. Managing business functions through cloud services allows for economic and flexible scalability. As customer and internal needs evolve, so can systems. From data storage to applications, scaling up or down is much simpler and cost effective in the cloud than on local data servers.
Best for Startups: As startups scale they often encounter immense growing pains. These growing pains, that can sometimes result in a startup’s demi
se, usually stem from landing a big client, hiring new employees quickly or starting a new business unit or product line. While cloud services can’t solve all the problems associated with growing pains, they certainly make it easy to scale computing functionalities.
Reduce IT Costs
Cost reduction is perhaps one of the most substantial benefits of cloud computing and cloud services. It first reduces initial costs of capital.
- Capital costs: Housing data on site requires expensive hardware and software that can cost millions of dollars. A company may even require building an entirely new datacenter.
- Operating costs: Companies then need to pay to manage and develop their proprietary systems. This can result in hiring more IT talent which can add significantly to overhead.
- Indirect costs: Managing computing on site can create indirect costs caused by down-time and slower time-to market for new applications and updates. Indirect costs savings can also be realized in lower electricity bills as running datacenters requiresa lot of power.
Cloud computing and services operate on a subscription based cost structure. In other words, companies only pay for what they use. This prevents excess costs due to overestimation of capacity or usage of on site programs.
Helping companies innovate by harnessing the power of the cloud is one of our favorite things we do at Attunix. Cloud services is one of the fastest ways business can modernize with the latest software and IoT capabilities. Innovating through cloud services is one of the fastest ways to realize ROI with minimal time to market to service both internal and customer needs. Companies don’t need an innovation team in-house to compete when they strategically outsource to the best cloud service providers.
Business Continuity and Security
Cybersecurity remains at the forefront of risk management for both companies and government agencies. A common perception is that local data storage serves as the best option for security. However, the cloud proves to be more secure than local storage in most cases. It’s important to vet your cloud provider’s security measures. Enterprise-grade security measures are a selling point for many cloud storage providers. Many businesses may not have access to this level of security on their own.
Data stored in the cloud also proves much more recoverable when disaster strikes. If your company stores data locally, backing up to the cloud will allow for fast retrieval with minimal downtime. Many larger companies are adopting hybrid models mixing local storage and cloud storage to maintain proprietary IT operations while still benefiting from flexibility and cost savings in the cloud.
Changing Priorities: With applications housed in local storage, companies need to commit to capacity, usage and dedicate resources to managing them. When utilizing cloud services, companies can work with their service providers as they need to adjust the scope of services to meet their business needs at the time. Cloud services provide unprecedented flexibility for operating systems, collaboration software and customer facing applications.
Collaboration: Sending files internally over email can create inbox congestion and take time to download. Instead, teams can share links to programs and data in the cloud. They can also update the same information in a communal location so that everyone sees the latest versions of the data. When sharing information with a service provider, customer or business partner, public cloud databases also provide flexibility, convenience and storage efficiency.
Utilizing cloud services can bring unprecedented benefits to your business through cost savings, ability to innovate and flexibility. The cloud services industry is competitive and companies can afford to be selective when choosing their service providers. At Attunix, we help our clients at the onset of every project to strategize and decide where to allocate their time and IT resources to maximize the benefits of their cloud services and optimize their ROI.