benefits of cloud solutions
The benefits of Cloud Solutions are multiple and will vary for each business, but it is safe to say that Cloud Computing has proven a “windfall” to especially small businesses, where it hits a pretty sweet spot. With cloud services, small businesses reap the benefits of not having to deploy physical infrastructure like file and e-mail servers, storage systems or shrink-wrapped software. Plus, the “anywhere, anytime” availability of these solutions, means hassle-free collaboration among business partners and employees using the ubiquitous browser. Cloud Computing Services also provide entrepreneurs, SOHOs, and mom-and-pop outfits access to sophisticated technology without the need of a full-time IT tech worker on the payroll. Some of the benefits companies have sited are:
- Reduce spending on technology infrastructure. Maintain easy access to your information with minimal upfront spending. Pay as you go (weekly, quarterly or yearly), based on demand.
- Economically Globalize/Mobilize your workforce. People worldwide can access the cloud, provided they have an Internet connection.
- Reduce capital costs. There’s no need to spend big money on hardware, software or licensing fees.
- Streamline processes. Get more work done in less time with less people.
- Minimize licensing new software. Stretch and grow without the need to buy expensive software licenses or programs.
- Improve flexibility. You can change direction without serious “people” or “financial” issues at stake.
- Improve accessibility. You have access anytime, anywhere, making your life so much easier!
- Monitor projects more effectively. Stay within budget and ahead of completion cycle times.
- Less personnel training is needed. It takes fewer people to do more work on a cloud, with a minimal learning curve on hardware and software issues.
- Achieve economies of scale – increase volume output or productivity with fewer people. Your cost per unit, project or product plummets.
- Eliminate other tech challenges – don’t worry about backups (if you have the right provider with automatic backups and even fail-overs) – forget about complex software installations and even expensive version upgrades.
cloud solutions concerns
Of course, “clouds bring rain” and cloud computing raises concerns with some, about security, stability, speed and data ownership. A recent survey found that cloud computing adoption rates drastically increased since 2009; however, the same survey also revealed concerns over efficiently managing disparate cloud services. Exactly the reason you require a “Cloud Integrator”, such as Ascendance.
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Many people complain that the concept of cloud computing is merely a marketing term to define centralized, mainframe computing. However, the model of today’s cloud computing vastly differs from that of mainframes of the past.
‘The Cloud’ also known as Cloud Computing is far from being a new concept and has evolved from only being “computing”. Ascendance helps you make sense of what “cloud” means for you and your business. Many definitions of cloud computing exist, but in simple terms “the cloud” refers to the practice of using a network of remote servers (computers) hosted on the Internet (in datacenters) to store, manage, and process data, rather than using a local (on own premises) server or a personal computer.