When considering cloud computing business benefits we have previously focused on cashflow and the general benefits of a cloud solution.
In this article we specifically look at cloud computing business benefits and how these are achieved.
Generally, if a business wishes to host its own IT software and hardware an analysis should be performed to identify how many users will be incorporated into the system. From here the business must implement a system that handles the maximum number of users. The issue for business is that the system will likely undergo periods of under utilisation during quiet periods, such as weekends/night time.
With a cloud system however, resources such as processing can be recruited via the cloud service provider, in live time, as resources are needed. The business benefit of cloud computing is that resources are never under utilised, rather the cloud service provider will allocate them in real time to ensure optimum utilisation during both quiet and peak periods.
Software is constantly updated
As the end user of software, some businesses tend to underestimate the importance of software management. Something as simple as a Windows update can increase performance, reduce security risks and simplify processes. Unfortunately updates can be neglected or be seen as unnecessary. The business benefit of cloud computing is that these updates occur automatically, without input from the business. Much like ensuring optimum hardware utilisation, optimum software management is achieved, improving a business’s IT solution.
Lower cost computers
Because resources such as processing and storage are managed by the cloud provider, businesses do not need to invest as much money into high performing computer equipment. The primary requirements for a cloud solution based PC are effectively an internet connection and a monitor.
One of the biggest cloud computing business benefits is the ease in which a business can expand its user numbers. With a traditional hosting solution business IT has a maximum capacity. To increase the user numbers additional capital must be invested into IT infrastructure, either to upgrade or replace the current system. With a cloud solution, an additional user can generally be added within 24 hours and with very little comparable cost. The dynamic nature of a cloud solution also means that users can be easily removed or replaced in the event of a business downsizing its operations or reducing the number of users.
Cloud computing business benefits
The primary, non-financial, cloud computing business benefits include maximum utilisation of IT resources, up to date software and hardware and the easy expansion or reduction of a business IT needs.
If you would like to know more about how cloud computing can benefit your business check out our Cloud Computing page for more.
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