Over the past few months we have looked at the benefits of cloud computing for business and how cloud computing can improve business efficiency and in turn profit.

The first consideration for a business is to determine whether a cloud computing solution would be a beneficial IT strategy to employee. Key considerations should include;

  • ongoing and upfront costs of IT hardware
  • necessity for a business to utilise data on the go or away from head office
  • the sensitivity of data and the need to maintain a closed clouds
  • requirements of end users such as customers and employees

Cloud computing is currently a popular service offering for many IT Support providers and there are many good reasons to consider cloud computing. However, without considering the above and many more facets of your business you may be implementing an IT solution that is not suitable for your business.

Business Benefits of Cloud Computing overview

Costs

Generally cloud computing is lower cost to set-up, compared to a local server. However ongoing costs must also be considered. The benefit of ongoing payments is that technology redundancy is generally transferred to the cloud service provider. Payments for IT infrastructure are generally payable in monthly installments, improving month to month cash flow for the business. These payments may be beneficial when considering taxation and how IT costs are accounted for each financial year.

Data flexibility

A cloud computing solution truly frees data from fixed positions such as a work desk. Data can be accessed 24 hours a day , 7 days a week, globally. It can be accessed from a variety of devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. This flexibility applies to many software programs, including word processing, email and file storage.

Closed cloud computing for data security

If data is highly sensitive, such as patent information or medical records a cloud computing solution can be established so that the cloud is closed – accessible only to selected users of a single enterprise. It is also important to note that the physical location of data centres can also impact the legislation that protects data- know where in the world your (and your customers) data is held.

Requirements for end user

Finally, the implementation of a cloud computing solution must meet the needs of the end user. While there are many benefits to implementing a cloud computing solution, there will be times when alternate IT infrastructure would be more beneficial and should be explored. Speed and connectivity issues can generally be addressed, however a cloud solutions biggest issue is its ability (or inability) to access data in the event of an an internet disconnection.

Overall there are a many benefits for implementing a cloud computing solution, however there are a multitude of considerations to be assessed before a business implements a solution.

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“Cloud Computing Concept Design” by Feelart @ freedigitalphots.net