It’s been reported that over 3.6 billion users benefit from cloud-based services. Not only can you leverage cloud features from virtually anywhere in the world, but access to data is simple and fast. That’s due in part to the features and benefits the cloud offers.
But why exactly are there so many cloud users in the world? Let’s take a few minutes to discuss how the cloud positively impacts businesses.
Information is more accessible.
Cloud-based services make it easy to access important documents. But this goes above and beyond mere access. The cloud also makes it easy to collaborate with others and share files and data with team members.
Whether you’re on a smartphone or laptop, whether you need to share a PDF file, PowerPoint presentation, or Excel spreadsheet, the cloud simplifies this collaborative process. It also keeps data secure and up-to-date (which makes a difference when files quickly travel from place to place and person to person).
Costs are reduced.
Worried about overhead costs? With the cloud, operating costs can be lowered drastically. Here’s why:
- Less maintenance and repairs are typically needed since many cloud solutions reduce your need for on-site equipment.
- With less equipment, you can reduce your need for maintenance, management, and internal IT resources.
- There are fewer costs with software installations, implementation, and upgrades. With cloud-based software, upgrades are automatically completed by the provider.
Business continuity is improved.
Since the cloud typically hosts your data at an offsite location, this means your data is protected 24×7 from onsite issues and network-related problems. For example, your data is protected from building-wide power failures, natural disasters, and employee accidents.
On top of this, your data is maintained and managed by the cloud provider. Because of this, the hardware itself will remain healthy, and the security solution will remain layered and up-to-date.
Scalability is greater.
Depending on how much storage your business needs, you can quickly upgrade or downgrade your storage capacity. And with less onsite equipment, it’s much easier to get up and running. This helps SMBs especially since they typically don’t have a lot of funds to invest in technology.
Efficiency is maximized.
Like mentioned previously, the cloud gives companies the opportunity to collaborate on shared projects from anywhere, allowing them to effectively maintain productivity. However, the cloud surpasses traditional sharing platforms — where files are typically printed or emailed. This is because when a file is created, then shared with multiple people at a time, changes are made at various points and in different places. If these changes are not shared in real time, then the data people are working off of is incorrect.
The cloud solves this challenge. You can share files and view any changes, edits, or comments in real time.
Ultimately, with so many users benefiting from cloud-based services, businesses are able to free up resources and get more accomplished in real-time. Without the need for servers, extra IT, and backups, you can access and manage your data with ease and efficiency.
About Systemize Networks
Systemize Networks provides IT support services and managed IT services in the Buffalo area and nationwide for small-, mid-, and large-sized businesses. When you’re ready to focus on cloud-based solutions, let Systemize Networks help you get started.