Cloud computing has been a mainstay for large organisations and enterprises around the world for several years now. As it continues to gain in popularity and dominate the IT industry, it’s important to recognise that many smaller businesses still haven’t made the move to the cloud, despite the many benefits that come along with it.
Preconceptions still linger about migrating to the cloud from more traditional on-premises solutions; it’s too expensive, the migration is risky, and it’s time-consuming. Whilst these preconceptions once held some truth, they couldn’t be more wrong in 2022. Cloud computing is now the most cost-effective, intuitive, and powerful way to access your business’s IT infrastructure and store data.
In this blog, we are going to discuss some of the main reasons why you should move your business to the cloud in 2022. We’ll be specifically tailoring this around smaller businesses, but all of these reasons also translate to larger businesses that have yet to make the move.
One of the main reasons why so many businesses have already switched to the cloud is the cost savings associated with it. Unlike an on-premises solution, you only pay for what you use with cloud computing. This means that you aren’t paying higher prices for unnecessary computing power.
The cloud also scales seamlessly with your company, meaning that as your business grows your usage grows and your costs rise organically. With a traditional on-premises solution, you have to futureproof your computing capabilities and will often pay a lot more for power that you don’t currently need.
Cloud computing is ideal for businesses that utilise remote working for their employees. It provides far more flexibility than an on-premises solution and allows your employees to work from anywhere with an internet connection.
This improves your ability to hire and retain staff, saves you money by reducing the number of workstations you require in the office, and allows you to easily monitor staff progress and output from anywhere.
Cloud service providers, such as Microsoft, invest in state-of-the-art cyber security mechanisms for the cloud services that they offer. This safeguards any data that is stored in the cloud, making it much harder for cybercriminals to gain access to your organisation’s sensitive data.
Disaster recovery is also much simpler with a cloud solution. Data can be easily retrieved due to the regular back-ups that service providers take. Remember to check your contract with your provider, though, to ensure these back-ups are regular enough for your organisation.
As organisations seek to reduce their carbon footprint in the face of higher energy and gas prices and mounting pressure from governments, the cloud is the perfect solution to reducing the impact of your IT infrastructure.
Similar to ride-sharing or public transport, the cloud supports thousands of organisations from a single data centre, making it far more efficient and environmentally friendly than single, on-premises solutions.
Maintaining an on-premises solution is incredibly time-consuming for your IT team. Regular maintenance, updates, improvements, and planning reduces the time that your team have to focus on other projects that could benefit the business more.
With cloud computing, your team can focus on new and innovative ways of improving the business. They will also gain access to powerful tools that allow them to explore, design, and develop software and applications that could further benefit your organisation.
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