The Cloud: 4 Benefits of Replacing On-Site Resources
There has been a lot of media reporting about using off site computing resources and storage to supplement or even replace the use of on-site/in-house resources. Instead of buying hardware and software to support your business, you are basically outsourcing this set of tasks. But how does this really help your business? There are 4 key benefits:
1. Flexibility to buy what you need, as you need it
With onsite computing, if you need additional capacity you have no choice but to purchase that capacity in discrete steps, which means bearing the costs of being over-capacity for a period of time until growth catches up. Onsite computing also means you must have the capacity to handle your own peak computing and storage demands, and resources may go underutilized much of the time. The cloud allows complete elasticity in the utilization of computing resources. You buy only what you need, as you need it. You can grow or downsize as the business demands.
2. Pay as you go
On-site hardware involves significant capital expenditures, up-front. The cloud allows you to pay for only what you use.
3. Economies of Scale
The cloud also allows you to benefit from economies of scale that aren’t available using the in-house model. Labor, equipment and maintenance expenses are shared across a vast pool of users, so you pay only a fraction of what you would have to pay to have dedicated in-house resources.
4. Protection against on-site disaster
If a disaster
strikes your physical business location, on-site resources can be damaged, destroyed, or become inaccessible for a period of time. Even if it isn’t a
major disaster, if you have a failed server your business could be down for an
extended period. When everything occurs in the cloud, you are insured against a business calamity. You can still access and use computing
resources from anywhere.
In summary, left entirely on its own a small firm just does not have the resources and capital to fully support its own technology infrastructure. The cloud turns that upside down, enabling firms to enjoy the benefits of a fully supported tech foundation without levels of expenditures that are just not feasible for smaller operations.
Contact us to find out what the cloud can do for your business.