At every place of business, IT leaders are under a great deal of pressure not only to keep their operations humming along consistently, but to do so optimally, without any extra fat in the budget. Just because one way of doing business works doesn't mean it's necessarily the best way. For example: You could buy every employee two computers, one for their regular work and another for data backup in case of emergency. It would work, but it would probably waste a lot of money.
"Is your business looking for a solution that backs up your data and keeps it safe from everything?"
In their search for backup infrastructures that work efficiently without maxing out the budget, many business leaders have reached the conclusion that cloud computing providers can help them achieve the same goals, only better. Is your business looking for a solution that backs up your data and keeps it safe from everything – in-house malfunction, cybercrime and even a potential natural disaster that may harm your IT assets? The cloud can help with all of the above.
According to GigaOM, one of the greatest advantages of cloud computing is its ability to improve the financial standing of your business. Jonathan Koomey, a consulting professor at Stanford University, told the news source that turning to the cloud helps the modern company to achieve economies of scale.
"It's cheaper for bigger cloud computing folks to make efficiency improvements because they can spread the costs over a larger server base and can afford to have more dedicated folks focused on efficiency improvements," Koomey explained. "Whenever there are costs that are substantially fixed, bigger operations have an advantage because they can spread the costs over more transactions, equipment, or floor area."
This is what every business wants – greater efficiency. And spreading out servers and storage space isn't the only way to achieve that. In fact, there are many ways that embracing the cloud adds to the cost-effectiveness of a business. Below are four of them:
Aggregating important company data
Modern employees tend to scatter files every which way – their work computers, their home machines, mobile devices, email accounts and so far. Corporate cloud solutions make it easier to aggregate everything in one place, adding efficiency to the business.
Adding flexibility to your business
It's also a matter of flexibility. The cloud adds virtual layers of storage, protection and access to the way your company manages data. It's now easier than ever to manage your files, keep them safe but also make sure they remain just a click away at all times.
Sidestepping tough organizational issues
Companies face difficult logistical decisions about IT all the time. Should they invest in more storage space? Should they pay for more power sources for all of their storage infrastructure? With the cloud, these decisions are simplified because a business partner takes care of them for you.
Prepping for disaster recovery
Finally, disaster recovery is a key priority for any business. If you want to be cost-effective, you need to protect yourself against the catastrophic losses that can stem from your data being damaged and/or corrupted. Relying on DR in the cloud is an investment that can help you do just that.