By 2020, Gartner predicts that a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be just as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today.
Well, for starters, many of the largest software vendors out there are already transitioning to a “cloud-only” mentality. In other words, you will eventually have no choice but to hop onto a cloud-based solution.
Additionally, companies everywhere are starting to fully understand the benefits of cloud computing, and they’re quickly realizing just how invaluable these benefits are.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the most interesting benefits of cloud computing.
You will consume less energy.
When you migrate to the cloud, your business requires less physical hardware. This is because parts of your infrastructure are hosted by your cloud provider at an offsite location.
Naturally, less hardware means less energy.
Think about it. Your servers require a ton of energy to operate effectively and continuously — energy that eventually contributes to large monthly expenses. If your servers are virtualized and no longer taking up space in your brick-and-mortar business, then obviously this means you’re conserving energy — which also means you’re saving money.
You’re going green and reducing costs. It’s a win-win situation.
You will have fewer responsibilities.
Again, with the cloud, you often have less physical hardware. (This may depend on your individual cloud. Is it a public, private, or hybrid setup? In the case of a private setup, you may not have less physical hardware onsite.)
Less hardware doesn’t just equate to less power consumed. It also means less management.
Consider for a moment how much time, energy, and resources are devoted to the overall management of your infrastructure — updates, planning, and maintenance included. It’s a lot, right?
Well, if your physical hardware is replaced with virtualized components, it is now the responsibility of your cloud provider to manage those components. Because of this, you can now devote your time, brain power, and efforts into other facets of your business.
On top of this, the cloud typically involves automatic updates and upgrades — which means you’re always working with the most up-to-date solution. Imagine what that will do for your efficiency … for your competitiveness … for your business as a whole …
You will be able to collaborate better.
Previously, we’ve discussed the productivity benefits of cloud computing. Productivity is a byproduct of the cloud because of the mobility it promotes.
With the cloud, you can work from anywhere with any device you have. As a result, you can customize workflows, enjoy remote work capabilities, and capture opportunities no matter where you are. It’s great.
However, that’s not the only reason for added productivity.
The cloud also promotes greater collaboration. Sure, this will depend on the tools you’re using and the solutions you opt for, but typically, the cloud makes collaboration easier to accomplish.
For example, say you’re using cloud-based software like Office 365. Yes, the productivity tools within Office 365 are accessible from anywhere — but they also have strong collaborative capabilities (like co-authoring, file-sharing, and multi-level communication features).
Some cloud providers are even capable of custom-building cloud-based software solutions that can help you accomplish different collaborative needs.