5 Important Ways Cloud Network Implementation Will Transform Your Business
The cloud has been cited as both a saving grace and a menace due to its new security considerations, but the fact is that cloud computing will definitely transform the technical side of your business. For example, you won’t have to worry about having hard limits on your data usage, nor will you have to build complex programs just so that employees can access the network from a mobile device. Here are a few ways that the cloud will change your business.
1. Data Limits
According to a recently released free guide on cloud computing, “if your organize is servicing twice as many customers in the afternoon, for example, your resources are running at maximum capacity” (page 6 of How To Avoid a Storm In Your Cloud Installation by ClickSoftware). This is an inherent problem with the traditional network. It’s only as strong as your hardware. You can expand the network by buying new servers and using stronger CPUs, but this still presents hard data limits that you can’t bypass.
A cloud network functions a little differently. While the servers that host your information suffer from the same problems listed above, the major difference is that the service providers can easily add another server or two to your account so that it better processes the data.
If you suddenly experience a huge spike in traffic, then a cloud network will quickly adapt to meet the needs. It will then shrink down to normal so that you aren’t charged extra. Another great benefit is that you don’t have to lift a finger to make this work. The service provider will do everything for you in a matter of seconds.
2. Data Access
Data certainly isn’t hard to access in this day in technology, but cloud computing is making this even faster. For example, if you need a certain file and you are at home, then you can often ask someone to send the file to you. You should receive it in an email in a few seconds. That is, if someone is available. Not only that, but some files are fairly large and difficult to send through traditional means.
Cloud computing significantly improves data access. You don’t have to wait for someone to send you a file. Just sign in through your home computer or mobile device and the data will be there. You will have access to the network even while you’re home or on the go.
This allows every employee to do more work, and it reduces the likelihood of accidents when it comes to data access.
Telecommuting can be slightly difficult for the modern employee. Most employees have strong computers at home, but that’s not the issue. A common company has at least one or two specialized and custom programs that might be difficult for the employee to install at home.
Cloud computing removes this restriction. Just like with data, an employee can sign in and gain access to all of these programs. That’s because the applications are Web based, and anyone with a good Internet connection can use the programs from any computer.
This can minimize sick days, make your employees more comfortable and increase the productivity of your business. It also makes it easier for people to complete projects after hours since they can do the work at home.
4. No Downtime
Downtime is so slight with cloud computing that it’s practically nonexistent. If a traditional network goes down, then you have to wait until most or all of the resources are back online. This can be a painstaking effort that can take hours or days to complete. Can your company really wait this long just to get back to business?
There’s no way to entirely escape downtime because it can happen for the most unexpected reasons. For example, a fire or hurricane can impede the functioning of the cloud servers. At the same time, cloud computing has specific benefits that help greatly minimize downtime to a matter of minutes in most cases.
Instead of waiting for the resources to come back online, the service provider can move your core information to a new server. Scalability and premium processing might not be immediately available, but you will be able to perform basic business transactions at the very least.
5. Exact Budget
A budget for a traditional network is often little more than an estimate because it can be difficult to judge how much data you will really use. While this might be a problem with cloud computing at times, it’s much easier to create a budget plan because you can monitor and control how much data is used.
Cloud computing is capable of transforming your entire business, but you have to give it a chance. Security isn’t nearly as bad as you might think, and the benefits will improve your bottom line while offering other advantages.
Linda Le is a professional writer for various tech business and organizations.