What are the main benefits of the cloud?
Organizations migrating to the cloud benefit from the cloud’s pay-as-you-go model. Where in the past they would have to predict their storage needs and opt in for the highest, and therefore, most expensive plan, now they pay according to their changing needs. This means that they pay for exactly what they need, without unnecessary costs. The reduced cost of ownership, not only deflates ongoing overheads, but it also minimizes initial investments. In addition, cloud computing utilizes remote resources that save organizations the cost of servers or other equipment.
Cloud services offer flexible payment plans, allowing for full budget controls by providing ease of scaling up or down at any given moment. This kind of flexibility also allows organizations to focus on other aspects of their core business competencies. By outsourcing their IT hosting and infrastructures to the cloud, they are unburdened of the hassle of managing them. The cloud’s inherent scalability provides organizations with flexible cloud infrastructure, bandwidth and services, and allows them to scale on demand to cater to their fluctuating workloads, this way avoiding the costly and complicated process of upgrading or downgrading the whole IT infrastructure.
Extended control options
Cloud computing provides organizations with the ability to determine the level of control they want over the cloud. With as-a-service options, they can decide on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (SaaS), or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers, this way selecting the level of control they desire across the cloud environment, as well as customization to their specific requirements.
Accessibility and productivity
Cloud migration extends an organization’s accessibility beyond its premises. Cloud-based environment and data can be accessed from any place and any device, provided they are connected to the internet. This unlimited accessibility and mobility of cloud computing offers simplified and deeper collaboration. On the cloud, staff can share and communicate information easily and securely across their environment, with the potential to drastically improve productivity, as well as quality or work. Additionally, staff take advantage of cloud collaborative social spaces, contributing to forming strong workplace relationships.
One of the most important benefits of cloud computing is the provision of online data storage space as part of a disaster plan strategy. Cloud services provide quick data recovery for emergencies, such as natural disasters, power outages and attacks, when in an explosively on-premises environment, data recovery could take months.