Increase Savings, Efficiency, and Security with Cloud Computing
Use of the cloud is commonplace among individuals, businesses, governments, and other institutions, yet there is some hesitation about making the switch to virtual storage, software, servers, and other needs. Many of these fears can be quelled by looking at the practical realities of the cloud and from learning more about the way it functions.
The affordable cost is helpful for all parties involved. Maintaining physical infrastructure is pricey, as is staffing the IT personnel and running the departments to do so. Dedicated servers, devices, and even paper, all cost excess money, as does the space required to house them. Plus, when these need to be replaced or repaired, the costs rise. Cloud computing services are scalable, meaning if your needs increase or decrease, third-party services will accommodate the change, so the amount you’re paying always suits your situation. Using the cloud is also eco-friendlier, so you can help ‘save’ the environment, as well.
Cloud computing providers must stay on top of keeping virtual servers running with reliable and quick access for many people who rely on them in their professional and personal lives. Companies that provide the cloud to international clients take advantage of partnering with established and experienced Importers of Record like TecEx that specializes in moving technology, with the best lead times in the industry, so there is no interruption in service. Relying on in-house, physical infrastructure and storage has an increased risk of failures and delays, unless a lot of time and money is dedicated to ensuring these are up-to-date, maintained, and never fail, which can be taxing, especially if your business has multiple locations around the globe.
The cloud can increase collaboration and efficiency for a team. Employees can work from home, meetings can take place with staff in several locations, multiple departments can access the same source materials, resources and reference materials can be updated in real time, former iterations and versions can be saved and referred to without stacks of files being revised and replicated, and restrictions can be set on who can edit, change, or view materials. The cloud’s flexibility offers opportunities for participation and access from various locations, device types, and at any time of day. Businesses and governments want to focus on their primary operations and not worry about the hassles attached to physical access. Cloud services often provide the help of customer support whenever needed, so you don’t need to be an expert nor pay to employ them. The cloud can also help with accountability and ownership on shared files and processes with the ability to track progress in real-time. All these benefits keep a team running well and in-sync.
Security is another common worry. The news is filled with stories of hacks and data breaches, both externally and internally. While the cloud can’t entirely prevent data from ever leaking, it is more secure than physical storage. Much identity theft is analog in nature with no hacking required. People don’t like the idea of data floating in some invisible space, but cloud service providers are bound by strict ISO standards, laws, and regulations, and undergo regular security audits. In-house security is often laxer and personal security audits are virtually non-existent. A rogue employee can more easily break into a filing cabinet than a hacker can access cloud storage.
All of these benefits make cloud computing a safer, less expensive, and more efficient method for collaborative entities and individuals alike.
We hope you enjoyed this promoted piece as much as we did!