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More and more businesses are migrating to the cloud in a big way, owing to the many benefits offered by cloud computing. The cloud offers flexibility and scalability, convenient pay-as-you-go plans that does away with significant capital investment, freedom from hassles of regular maintenance, and accessing data from anywhere.
A host of businesses would now do well to take up cloud-based web-servers rather than opt for on-site servers.
Web Based Tech Start Ups
Cloud servers offers a tailor-made solution for tech start-ups to cut costs, while still getting things done efficiently. The convenience that the cloud offers in doing away with the hassles of identifying and setting up various elements of the infrastructure, implementing security measures, undertaking patch updates, and more, make cloud servers a better alternative, the cost benefits being an added bonus.
Considering the fact that UK companies spend 18 working days every month managing their on-site security alone, the cloud removes a serious drag, allowing start-ups to concentrate on their business without administrative hassles bogging them down. Research by Aberdeen group suggests that businesses with cloud based servers could resolve issues four times faster than businesses that did not use cloud based servers, meaning that cloud servers makes sound business sense in its own right.
Business that Operates in Multiple Locations
Business that operates in multiple locations face complexities in accessing data over different work centres. Such businesses usually send files back and forth over email or FTP. This causes serious loss of productivity, owing to the cumbersome and difficult processes involved, the presence of multiple versions of the same file, and limitations on the number of users who can work on a file at any given time. Data residing in multiple systems also pose a security risk.
Subscribing to a cloud server allow such companies to store files at a central location. Any authenticated employee, regardless of their geographical location, may view or edit the files as required. Employees may even sync up and work on documents simultaneously. The entire process is seamless, fast, easy, and secure, improving efficiency in a big way. A survey by Frost & Sullivan reveals that investment in seamless collaboration technology provides a return of investment by as much as 400%.
Websites Facing Stiff Online Competition
Websites of companies facing high competition online, such as ecommerce and marketing websites, would do well to embrace cloud servers.
Cloud servers contribute significantly to websites to load faster, by doing away with the impediments of on-site hosting, such as, insufficient RAM. Moreover, the cloud cluster, dispersed across geographical locations, allows loading from the server nearest to the Internet user trying to access the server.
Considering the fact that most Internet users move on to a new Website within a matter of seconds, if the page they land in fails to load properly, the cloud server, may, in fact, be a game changer for many highly competitive websites.
Used right, cloud servers allow small businesses gain a significant advantage over big business.
SME’s can leverage cloud-based servers to attain a level playing field with industry big-wigs. The significant online advantage that big players have is greater computing resources and enterprise-class technology. The cloud, with its virtually infinite resource pool, offers the same thing to SMEs as well. Since most cloud servers offer a subscription and pay-as-you-go model, the SMEs need to pay only for the resources they actually consume, and they can move up and down on consumption easily.
Again, cloud servers allow small businesses to preserve their resources on their core competencies, and reduce overheads greatly. Large enterprises, with dedicated servers, for instance, will incur overheads on backup methods and complicated recovery procedures, something that does not apply to the cloud subscriber.
By using only the server space required, the cloud decreases the carbon footprint of businesses. Overall, migration to the cloud from on-site servers results in about 30% less energy consumption and carbon emissions. The benefits are most evident for SMEs, with the cloud allowing them to cut their energy use and carbon emissions by as much as 90 percent.
Hitherto, many organisations shied away from the cloud even after becoming aware of its benefits, owing to anxiety about security. With technology advancements, the cloud is now more secure than on-site servers, and this realisation is fuelling the growth of cloud computing faster than before.