Businesses of all sizes are shifting some or all of their data and applications to cloud computing environments to take advantage of the many benefits available to them, but cloud computing is still an emerging set of technologies. The benefits to the business may not be apparent.
What does cloud computing offer a business that is used to traditional compute models? Here are several of the business benefits of using cloud computing.
NO NEED TO RIP-AND-REPLACE
Cloud computing environments can run on existing hardware infrastructures. Businesses can make the switch from traditional to cloud computing without any costly upgrades or additions to existing infrastructure
REDUCE YOUR COSTS
Cloud computing environments enable businesses to scale their compute and storage needs up on an as-needed basis, which can keep costs low. Additionally, the cloud architecture moves IT spending from capital to operating expenditures, which makes it easier on the books and simpler to justify. Costs are directly aligned with a business’ usage, so they’re also easy to predict.
AUTOMATION PROVIDES AGILITY
An agile business is a successful business, and agility is gained from high levels of automation. Cloud computing services are designed to be heavily automated and self-provisioning, giving end-users the ability to quickly scale their needs up and down without any manual intervention. Businesses have the ability to more quickly respond to customer demands, which improves service and responsiveness.
APPLICATIONS ARE PORTABLE
When designed properly, cloud computing offers the benefit of portable applications. Business applications and data can be moved from traditional computing infrastructure to the cloud and back again without any difficulty, giving businesses flexibility in how they use and manage applications and data. They can get the best of both traditional and cloud environments.
Cloud computing gives businesses the ability to enable employees to gain access to data and applications from anywhere, making them more productive when on the go.
FOCUS ON CORE COMPETENCIES
The automation built into cloud computing requires less work on the part of IT, so resources and budgets can be freed up to focus on core competencies. A business runs on IT, but managing IT should be as easy and streamlined as possible. Cloud computing offers such flexibility.