Cloud computing is a very simple principle which involves programs, software and data being stored and accessed via the internet rather than a computer hard drive sat in an office.
As more businesses both large and small decide to use cloud computing as part of their IT infrastructure, it is important to be aware of what the benefits and drawbacks might be for your organisation.
IT networks and capital expenditure
Many small businesses in Ireland and the UK are attracted to cloud computing by the savings that can be made in dispensing with the high costs associated with conventional IT hardware. The cost of purchasing and maintaining servers and the time spent installing and updating existing computer networks and vital software updates can be a significant drain on businesses. Cloud computing takes all of that out of the office and puts it into the cloud where it can be managed remotely.
Document control is becoming increasingly important, where employees and partners work collaboratively on documents. Prior to cloud computing, any such documents would have to be electronically passed back and forth each time, increasing the chance of human error such as failing to save or update latest document versions. With cloud computing, every document is stored centrally and can be viewed and updated in real time.
Every business should have plans in place should the worst happen. Fire or flood damage to a workplace should not mean your organisation must come to a standstill. Cloud computing will have all of your vital business data stored off-site so that it can easily be accessed from another computer in another office allowing business to continue should the worst happen. Your business may be based in Lurgan but your data could be stored in Belfast or Dublin, so even if a burst pipe floods your office your data is safe and sound and your staff can work on from temporary offices.
Cyber security is one of those topics which won’t go away. Data stored in the cloud is secured by trained and dedicated experts at levels which far exceed the managed services businesses will usually have in place. Lost laptops will no longer mean lost data as all data is automatically backed up to the cloud. Similarly, any lost laptops can be wiped remotely to prevent any breaches of confidentiality. Lost data is not just embarrassing, it could mean you are breaking the law and could face significant fines. Computer security should always be a priority for every business.
Bandwidth demands can grow and fluctuate and cloud computing can allow businesses to scale up or down according to their needs. This can save on overhead costs as well as be environmentally friendly as you are not wasting energy on IT provisions you do not need or are not currently using. We all like to reduce our carbon footprint when we can, and cloud computing can help you reduce yours.
To discuss how cloud computing could benefit your organisation, contact our friendly support team at Nimbus today.