- On October 11, 2019
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Cloud computing is the future – you’ve probably heard this sentence on more than one occasion. Too bad it isn’t entirely true. How so? Because this technology and all its impact on efficiency, innovation and competitiveness, is already a present for a significant number of businesses.
To be more precise: predictions say that by next year, up to 83% workloads will be hosted on cloud. Reasons behind are countless; main motivations vary from cost reduction to increased flexibility to shifting business priorities. Whatever the business goal may be – attract new clients, stay ahead of competitors or upgrade existing resources – perks of the cloud technology extent across the entire business organization.
Let’s translate these into some of the concrete benefits cloud technology can bring to start-ups and small businesses:
Cost reduction and efficiency
The famous ’pay as you go’ model, which means that you pay only for what you use, is a true music to any entrepreneur’s ears. Buying and maintaining massive infrastructure represents a significant expense for businesses, which is only increasing. On the other hand, no physical hardware means less power usage, upgrades, installation and maintaining services. All these savings are extremely valuable for start-ups, who can redirect their funds into more important investments.
Imagine having an online flower shop. Your visits and number of transactions will, for sure, increase dramatically around Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and similar holidays. These spikes imply having better bandwidth and more servers to make sure all goes well; and with cloud, you can choose to enable them only when needed. Expanding your resources on-demand lowers the operational costs and leaves the traditional method behind.
Ease of use
Cloud computing is all about the good user experience, ease of use and mobility, which are all a necessity in today’s business world. Remote work, flexible working hours, different time zones – all these now usual start-up characteristics, require access to data anytime and anywhere. Plus, unlike regular hosting services, with the cloud you can start small and gradually increase your resources and costs.
Cloud was designed to ensure the overall simplicity of business operation, which is no longer a privilege but a necessity. For start-ups, it may mean better connection within the company and completely new business opportunities.
Meet your every need
Servers may be the first thought that comes to your mind when we mention cloud. There is so much more to it. Think networking, data management, security, application services… Think Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – it is an abundance of choices and ability to find the one which fits your specific need. A customized solution is best found and deployed after a consultancy with a trusted partner, who will create your assessment and map your own cloud journey.
So, are you ready to cloud?
There is no doubt that a digital transformation strategy is no longer possible without cloud technology, which changed the name of the game. Leaving the traditional model brings the opportunity to focus on innovation and improvements in existing services. However, don’t think that this process will happen without a hiccup. It takes time and an experienced partner, to evaluate your position and identify your needs. Giants like Microsoft and Amazon did their share of education and share of information, a certified partner is there to guide you through the process and ensure the optimal model, cost control and overall seamless experience.
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