Cloud computing is set to dominate the business arena for the foreseeable future. This is not surprising given the benefits that the modern form of computing can offer a company, as detailed in this article, on www.forbes.com. Included among the key advantages of cloud computing is its cost efficiency.
What is cloud computing?
The concept of cloud computing has been around for some time now, however, it is only in the last few years that the mode of computing has come to the fore. Unlike conventional computing, cloud computing takes place on the internet. Data is stored remotely while programmes are offered as services; a wide range of the type of services available can be seen at www.mclarensoftware.com. This means that the platform is far more streamlined than traditional forms of computing and, potentially, far more cost effective.
As touched on before, cloud computing takes place on the internet. This means that data is stored on virtual servers, a factor that can greatly reduce the need to spend money on physical hardware, such as hard drives, flash drives and onsite servers. This also means that money is saved on the maintenance and replacing of such items.
Many are convinced that cloud computing is less secure that conventional computing – Business News Daily discusses this further. However, in reality, storing data on remote servers can be less risky, particularly in financial terms. In conventional computing there is ample opportunity for potentially sensitive data to be lost through misplaced or malfunctioning hardware, a scenario that could ruin a company. The chance of this situation occurring is greatly reduced with the use of cloud computing.
In the unlikely event that data is lost, it is far easier to retrieve data that has been stored in the cloud than by conventional means, a factor that reduces the time and money spent on the process of recovery.
No Onsite Team of Technicians
While no company wants to temp fate, it would be risky in the extreme not to have measures in place just in case a technical problem occurs with the servers. In conventional computing, this measure generally means having a team of onsite technicians. These technicians may be vital to operations but they can be very expensive and potentially superfluous if no technical issues are present. In cloud computing, it is possible to negate these costs entirely. Because of the way in which the data is stored, the financial responsibility for the maintenance of servers falls squarely on the shoulders of the cloud hosting company.
Reduced Utility Costs
Cloud computing allows for far greater flexibility in a company, to the extent that mobile working can be fully implemented in a business using this form of computing. This is an aspect of cloud computing that makes the traditional office premises unnecessary, along with the associated costs. There is no need for cleaners, no need for food and drink facilities and, above all else, no need to rent expensive office locations. Instead, employees can work from home, greatly reducing the overheads for a company. Other costs such as heating and power are also wiped out.