What is Cloud Computing and how can it benefit your business
Cloud Computing is the latest technology that is set to change the way in which many small business owners run their companies.
With the amount of press from the likes of Google and Microsoft regarding Cloud Computing, many people are asking - what is it and how can it benefit me and my business?
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing can be described as a hosted service that allows businesses to access distant servers for data storage and management, allowing the device to use smaller and more efficient chips that use less energy than standard computers.
How can it benefit my business?
Cloud Computing has clear environmental and economical benefits to small business users. Please see below for some of the key ways it could benefit your company:
• Setting up a cloud service can prove to be incredibly easy, as many work straight out the box.
• Cloud Computing allows you to completely skip the procurement of hardware and capital expenditure phase and get to work almost straightaway – perfect for new businesses start-ups.
• It will help to reduce the carbon footprint of both small and large businesses.
• It can help to cut the costs of electricity bills as computers that operate on a cloud consume less.
• Avoid capital expenditure on hardware, software and services.
• Cloud Computing could completely remove the need for I.T expertise to manage the resources involved as this is all handled by the service provider.
• Only pay for what they use - billing is either a monthly subscription or billed on a utility basis with little (or no) upfront costs.
• Immediate access to a large number of applications for no extra cost.
• Many cloud computing providers are constantly updating their software offering, adding new features when available – giving your business access to the most up-to-date technology.
• Many small business owners look to grow their companies quickly. Cloud computing systems are built to cope with sudden increases in workload, saving you time and money.
• Cloud Computing is designed to be used anywhere in the world. With the UK’s workforce becoming increasingly mobile and dependent on cellular technology, Cloud Computing can provide access to most of your company’s systems when out of the office.