Cloud computing, the latest hot Silicon Valley technology, is a excellent resource for growing businesses. But how, specifically, can it benefit you? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the cloud? And why would anyone want to migrate their existing infrastructure to an entirely new one? As you begin to understand the ins-and-outs of the cloud, the answers to these questions and more start to become self-evident.
Cloud computing, simple as it is, can help your company consolidate its servers, which means you’ll save more on your hardware and software upgrades. Instead of using a separate file server, domain server, and web server, it’s possible to consolidate all three into one computer running behind the scenes.
If you already have an online connection then your company is perfectly poised to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing. Most businesses are already setup to begin accessing cloud-based unified storage services, enabling document sharing and printing over the internet, and securely offering useful services to employees no matter where in the world they are. As long as you have an internet connection, your documents are secure and available.
By centralizing all of a company’s resources with cloud computing, your business becomes more streamlined and easier to manage. You’ll save time and money managing your IT department when you put your information on the cloud. Cloud computing, by design, is setup to have a simple, central point of management. The productivity of your IT department will increase even as costs fall.
With a single server handling all of your needs using cloud computing, you can dramatically increase security. Not only will your IT department be able to streamline and simplify your firewall rules, they’ll also only have a single computer to patch and keep up to date. The risk of a security breach with cloud computing, with its easy to maintain infrastructure, is much smaller than with traditional servers.
Office communications suddenly become much easier with the cloud. Instead of emailing documents back and forth, a simple web link can be sent out. Changes to documents can be highlighted, reverted, and seen in real time across multiple users in your entire organization. Your inter-office communication becomes collaborative and transparent overnight, enabling open communication between employees in all departments.
Email servers are notoriously hard to backup. Because they need to be available 24/7 without interruption, and also because the content changes so fast as new emails are sent and received, many companies struggle to maintain recent backups. By trusting your emails to cloud computing, the integrated backup solutions of the cloud can work for you. No longer will you need to change tapes or burn DVDs that instantly become outdated. Cloud computing, by design, backs up your email without interruption.
Hosting your website on the cloud provides a simple, straightforward way to backup and edit your web content. In addition to data security, cloud computing enables different departments to edit only the parts of the website that they need to. You can bring the granular security of your file server to your website with just a few simple steps.
Author Bio: Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., a unified storage and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localized and authorized IBM business partner in Pacific Northwest.