Top five benefits of cloud computing
Cloud storage can be used by all kinds of business and organizations for two reasons: backup and recovery. Many entities fail in backing up and recovering their data. Sure, they may have the latest and greatest security technologies to fortify their defense perimeter, but what happens if a cyber attacker breaks through it (which most likely will happen, given cyber attackers’ level of sophistication these days), and literally brings a business to its knees?
Obviously, apart from finding out what exactly happened, the first priority is to restore business operations as quickly as possible through following backup and recovery plans; but what if a business doesn’t have one? This is where the cloud can become a lifesaver because of five reasons:
- Organizations do not have to have to purchase an existing infrastructure:
Many small businesses of today still use an on-premise server in order to back up their data. While the owner might feel a sense of control with this kind of solution, the truth is that money is being wasted by maintaining and upgrading these servers and hiring the needed staff to run them. By using the cloud, businesses already have an existing infrastructure in place to back up data – namely their internet service provider (who is actually the cloud provider as well – these two terms are very often used together). Companies pay only a monthly fee in order to use this.
- Companies have extremely high levels of reliability:
When a company opens a cloud account to back up company data, it is also signing a contract with an internet service provider. In it, the provider will specify that the company will have at least 99.999 percent uptime reliability. So, what this means is that if the organization needs to restore its data, it can do so in just a matter of minutes with a few clicks of a mouse.
- Businesses will have greater levels of protection:
By making use of cloud security, data is far more protected than using an on-site server. The primary reason for this is that the internet service provider, with whom the business is relying on, will go to the greatest lengths possible in order to ensure that data is safe. In other words, by using the cloud, all of the headaches and nightmares of making sure that the onsite server is safe from a cyber attacker is eliminated. Also, another prime benefit of the cloud is that businesses can transfer their data files quickly and easily using the latest encryption protocols (at no extra cost!).
- Organizations will realize huge Cost Savings:
When a business uses the cloud, they gain the benefits of scalability. This means that rather than paying a fortune for an onsite server, the organization pays pennies on the dollar with an internet service provider. This translates into a fixed, monthly price for enterprise grade backup and recovery services that will be affordable to the organization.
- No more tape backups:
The use of the traditional tape backup is completely eliminated with the cloud. All businesses need is a secure file transfer application and they will be able to upload and download data in just a matter of a few seconds.
Our next blog will go into more technical detail about the cloud, in which we examine the three main layers that make it up, and how you can benefit from them!