The Future’s Cloudy
Cloud computing has evolved from an experimental approach to data storage to an entire workplace philosophy, embracing data flexibility and reliability. While many businesses continue to dip their toes into cloud computing services, curious about the initial benefits for accessing and sharing information remotely, a compelling case can now be made for companies to take the plunge and integrate much of their underlying working structure into this online system.
Understandably, there are still concerns about full cloud computing integration. While the reliability of internet connectivity within offices is a pressing issue, increasingly this is becoming a moot concern. The internet has become so fundamental for all business operation that it would be no more logical to resist using computers altogether – for the concern that the office may encounter a power outage – than to resist cloud solutions due to concerns for reliable internet connectivity.
Benefits of embracing cloud computing
The central benefit of cloud computing is that it can be readily scaled (and rescaled) to the specific needs of your company, ensuring that it always remains capable of handling the required workflow efficiently. And once your organisation begins to grow, providers of cloud solutions will be able to effectively build on to your existing package, giving you the benefits of additional computing support without the need for installing extra equipment within the office itself.
Flexibility is an important advantage of cloud computing, and for many businesses this will be the feature which most appealed to them initially. With smartphones, tablets and ‘old fashioned’ laptops so prominent in contemporary life, it makes sense that office documents shouldn’t be confined to the physical parameters of the company’s building. By using cloud solutions, this data can be accessed and edited remotely. So, even while travelling to a conference on a train, employees will be fully able to digitally collaborate and continue their work output towards the organisation.
Disaster recovery is another major advantage of using cloud solutions. As anybody who has ever spilt a cup of coffee on a laptop will tell you, data is easy to lose when it’s confined to a single physical location. By using cloud storage, accidents and outages within the office don’t have to mean that data will be lost permanently. This is obviously of tremendous importance when a business makes use of its assembled data every single day, and the fear of losing this information in an accident is always on everyone’s mind.