Benefits of cloud computing for SMEs

Cloud computing has been a buzzword branded around the business world for a few years now. Despite this, many still have little understanding about what cloud computing is and even less information how it can help small business owners. In its simplest sense cloud computing is storing, managing and processing data on an external server that you will be able to gain access to via the internet. Like almost all technological advances, cloud was designed to provide a useful service for its users, so if your business has yet to take advantage of cloud computing here are the benefits for SMEs.

 

Hassle-free computing
One of the main benefits of using cloud to store and manage your data is that it takes the hassle out of having to buy and maintain your own server. Servers can be difficult to maintain and will often involve needing to hire an IT specialist to manage it. Also because your data is regularly being backed up, it means that you don’t have the worry about losing all your data if something happens to your server. In addition to this, you’ve also got the benefit of knowing that you don’t have the expense of fixing a broken server or dealing with technical issues.

 

Money saving
Although you will have to pay to use a cloud system, it is usually nowhere near as expensive as using your own server. Not only are servers expensive to purchase, but as already mentioned, they cost a lot of money to maintain and repair. As well as this, cloud computing is often specifically built for business owners, which means that it will provide all the functions and processes your business will need to effectively store and maintain your data.

 

Keep up with technology
Modern technology is changing fast, which means that a computer system purchased a couple of years ago can already start to seem out-of-date. The same is true for servers. By using cloud instead, your business will be benefiting from a server that is regularly updated and current with technological trends and changes, without having to incur the costs yourself. While this will have a financial benefit for your business, it will also mean that your business will be able to compete technologically with bigger players within your industry.

 

Flexibility
One of the reasons many business owners choose to use the cloud is for the flexibility it enables them and their workforce to have. With a lot of business owners embracing the BYOD (bring your own device) to work culture, cloud is the perfect way to enable workers to access data across multiple devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones. It also means that employers can allow their staff to work from home, knowing that they are able to have full access to the data they need to do their jobs efficiently. In addition to this, it also means that business owners and their employees are able to work while travelling, for example if they need to go by train to a meeting, the couple of working hours sitting on the train won’t be wasted.


Secure and safe

Ensuring that your business data is safe and secure is vital for all business owners. While servers, laptops and USB sticks can be stolen, storing your data in the cloud means that you have the peace of mind that your data is in a much more secure and safe location. As well as this, your data is protected using enterprise class security solutions, making it incredibly difficult for unauthorised third-parties to access your sensitive data.

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Tony Cohen

Tony joined BT in 1987 and chose to develop his career in data communications. He moved from an engineering to programme management role with Global One before taking up a position as Global Account Director in 1999. Tony joined iPass in 2002 where he was Head of channel sales before moving to Intermedia to grow their European channel sales organisation. In 2012 Tony joined FSI Cloud as General Manager to accelerate the development of their hosting and managed IT solutions division.

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