It’s hard to admit, but 2014 is sort of winding down. That’s right folks — we are bearing down on the final quarter of the year that brought us selfies, drones, and a rise in 3-D printing. That means it is time to reflect back and learn so we can look ahead and grow. And for cloud computing service providers and their clients, we are taking a look at four ways the cloud continues to deliver savings in time, money, and stress while giving businesses more control over their data and processes.
Cloud Computing Delivers Savings
1. Let My (IT) People Go
Question: What do IT people do?
Answer: Most of them spend their days keeping systems running and fixing our problems.
Bonus answer: This is not really their job. You see, onsite IT people spend so much time simply keeping things in motion that we forget their job is actually to leverage technology to meet organizational goals. Turning data storage and applications over to a savvy cloud computing service provider frees IT teams from the shackles of day-to-day system and server management. With a database in the cloud, IT can stop putting out fires and start attacking business operations and tech solutions. They might even smile once in a while.
2. Elastic Storage for Modern Times
The best part about customized applications in the cloud is their unending flexibility. Businesses can purchase higher and lower volume storage from their service provider to meet demands during busy and slow times. A super exciting marketing effort may require extra storage (and a little extra cost), but extra space that is going unused in slower times can be trimmed and fit to suit your needs. Pay for what you use, nothing more.
3. Smart Collaboration
Cloud computing has brought us to a new level of collaborative capability. We can work together from anywhere, faster than ever before, and with more continuity. Along with easy access to online applications, cloud users can organize data within project management applications thus entering collaborative nirvana. Control over user privileges, file management protocols, notes, and conversation trackers allows teams meet their objectives without missing a beat (or a document). Every piece of communication and documentation around a single project or effort is captured and catalogued (including emails) for easy retrieval and review by anyone at any time. When communication flows, collaboration is a snap.
4. I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again
Okay, let’s face it. We are slaves to the Internet and there is nothing we can do about it. And being an Internet slave means, at some point, all people, businesses, and cyborgs are going to be faced with outages. Now, outages come in all shapes and sizes from quick and inconvenient to huge and embarrassing to, “Oh my God! This outage is costing how much a day?”
A survey from global data management and storage firm, TwinStrata, polled over 100 attendees from the 2012 Cloud Computing Expo, in addition to more people throughout half of that year, on cloud storage. Their results indicate that one in six respondents not using cloud storage believed it would take them a week or more to recover their data in a disaster or outage. On the other side of the coin, “A whopping 80% of current cloud storage users claim that they can recover their data in less than 24 hours, with nearly a quarter of cloud storage users estimating instantaneous recovery.” That’s some serious recovery power.