“Moving to Cloud-based computing is becoming the new normal amongst businesses today. But for many this can be a somewhat daunting process.”
“Here at Data UP, we are able to manage the movement of your data to the Cloud. Whether you are looking to move all data to the Cloud or just elements, we can manage the whole process to minimise complications and disruptions.”
“Data UP Soonr is a commercial solution that is located and stored here in Australia. This server provides flexibility and security to manage multiple users and groups, while offering businesses and users many more advantages, when they choose this option. Here’s 10 of the best reasons to convince you to move your business to the Cloud today” (Data UP 2016)
Cloud-based services are the idyllic server for businesses that have rising or fluctuating consumer demands (Salesforce 2015). By adopting Cloud services, businesses are able to adjust their cloud storage capacity to suit their client demand. For example, if the business was growing, Cloud capacity could be increased, “…drawing on the service’s remote servers” (Salesforce 2015). Similarly, if client demand is down, the storage capacity can be scaled down to suit the business’s needs. This Cloud structure gives businesses an edge over their competitors, as not only can this arrangement be found across all Cloud types (public, private or a combination of both) but one server can store and run all software rather than multiple physical servers (Oracle N.D.).
- Disaster Recovery
Another advantage to implementing Cloud-based services is that the data and sensitive information of your business is all stored offsite, at another location. This means that in the event of a natural disaster, (i.e. flood or fire), businesses don’t have to worry about their data being lost, as it can be recovered from the automatic backups on the Cloud (Salesforce 2015). The situation is the same for those individuals who may accidentally delete data from their hard drive.
- Automatic Software Updates
When businesses commit to the Cloud, the service provider will maintain all aspects of the server. They ensure that the system has regular software and security updates, and maintain the system for their client, ensuring regular backups occur (Salesforce 2015). In doing this, it cuts down business costs and time, as the business no longer needs to employ professional IT/maintenance staff to look after the servers and system. There is also no need to worry about trying to integrate software so that it is entirely compatible with either MAC or PC software, as this is automatically done by the Cloud or by the service provider (Apostu et al N.D.).
One of the major advantages of the Cloud service is that it allows employees of the business to be more flexible in their work practices. They no longer have to be sitting in their office building to access all their data (Salesforce 2015). Now with the adoption of the Cloud, users can move beyond geographic location and time zones issues (Apostu et al N.D.). Meaning that as long as the user has an Internet connection, they can access their data off-site at any location and on any device. Thus lessening restrictions of employee travel and work location (Queensland Government 2016).
- Decreases Costs
Moving to the Cloud can allow businesses to save on significant IT costs. As there are no staff required to maintain the system, there is a lack of on-site infrastructure and the operational costs of running physical servers (power, air-conditioning) are significantly reduced (Queensland Government 2016). Despite what many believe, implementing the Cloud is extremely affordable, as the business only pays for what is being used and can remove any data or software that is no longer required. There are also range of payment options available, including one-time-payment, pay-as-you-go, all of which makes payment of the Cloud easier for businesses (Apostu et al N.D.).
Cloud services can provide business users with a sense of security. As Cloud services carry out continuous and regular backups, users are always aware that their data can be accessed. In the event that your device was stolen or lost or the data misplaced, not only can the data be restored to your device but Cloud providers can also remotely wipe all data from the device, so sensitive information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands (Salesforce 2015). Ensuring that your business data is safe.
Cloud services have an almost unlimited storage capacity. This means that no matter your business size, you can store almost anything on the Cloud, without the limitations of multiple and the smaller capacities of physical servers (Apostu et al N.D.).
- Quicker Deployments
Cloud servers are also faster and more efficient than physical servers. An entire business system can be fully functional in a matter of minutes (Apostu et al N.D.). This means users can access data and applications faster, while also creating an environment where it is possible to eliminate or produce new applications at a quicker rate (Oracle N.D.). Which ultimately will allow your development team to use their time more efficiently.
- Environmentally Friendly
Turning to the Cloud is also more environmentally friendly than other backup options. As you can adjust your Cloud capacity depending upon your business’s needs (Salesforce 2015). In doing this, the business is ensuring they only use the energy they need while also stopping the production of enormous carbon emissions (Salesforce 2015).
Cloud services are available to everyone. Not only does the Cloud provide businesses and individuals with access to some of the best technology, but it can also allow smaller businesses to react faster than their more established and larger competitors (Salesforce 2015). The range in payment options and business applications is also providing smaller corporations to compete against their larger competitors, ultimately changing our market situation.
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Oracle N.D., ‘Building on the Could: Why You Should Consider Moving Your Application Platform to the Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud’, White Paper, pp. 1-4, viewed 18th November 2016, http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/cloud/building-on-the-cloud-404885.pdf
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