There’s never been a better time for your business to invest in cloud services.
More and more people across Australia and the world are working from home. A recent Australian Institute of Family Studies survey found that 67% of Australians were either sometimes or always working from home. This was compared to 42% before the pandemic.
So it’s not surprising that more businesses are getting their ‘heads in the cloud’. Public cloud services spending in Australia is expected to reach $10.6 billion in 2021, an increase of 18.4% compared to 2020. COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of cloud hosting services, and is only expected to continue doing so.
If you’re looking to learn about the advantages of hosting in the cloud, this is the right article to read. Below, we’ll outline the top 5 benefits of cloud services – and how they can help your business achieve its goals.
1. Lower IT costs
The main reason why businesses adopt cloud based computing is to reduce the costs of maintaining physical IT systems. Rather than buying expensive IT equipment, you can very easily reduce your business costs through a robust cloud service provider.
This is because you will no longer need to pay for the latest IT hardware or software on a regular basis, and you’ll no longer need to pay internal staff to manage these systems. Not only is it a massively cost effective solution for you, but the cloud may also help you reduce your energy consumption.
2. Security and crisis management
If your security systems are breached, or an employee loses a company laptop, your data may be in serious jeopardy. Security breaches are some of the most critical cyber security issues we’re facing today.
But if you rely on cloud computing services, you have a much greater opportunity to access your secure data. You can even wipe your data so that they don’t show up on lost or stolen computers.
Cloud services also feature Disaster Recovery (DR). Having a strong DR plan in place means you can ensure your company has a strategy to back up your data in case of a ‘disaster’. This includes major cyberattacks, power outages or even natural disasters like floods or fires.
3. Increased flexibility
The cloud also lets you and your business work from anywhere – ultimately increasing their flexibility in the way you work. Something that has become increasingly important throughout the pandemic.
You and your staff can access data from home, on your commute, at airports, from cafés and even from the beach.
The cloud lets you access work quickly and easily – as long as you have an internet connection.
4. Collaborate easily
A robust cloud connection will also allow you to communicate with and share information with people inside your organisation incredibly easily.
No longer will you need to send email after email to your colleagues. Employees, contractors and any third party you like can access the same documents and update or edit them in real time.
You can also share any important legal documents you have with a lawyer or accounting records you have with your financial advisor.
5. Scale more easily
Traditionally, physical server infrastructure has not really been friendly to business growth. Most companies’ servers end up being too large to accommodate future needs. It has been a roadblock for companies that want to expand, as they will need to invest in extra storage space to accommodate new IT equipment.
But the cloud removes this problem. You can grow the number of documents you have on the cloud or shrink it as you please. Having dedicated servers physically present in your office is a thing of the past. Instead, it’s completely flexible – as your business grows, the cloud grows.
Cloud business services are delivered on a per-user basis. When you have more users (and more space is required), the availability within the cloud scales. Public clouds are powerful enough to support hundreds of companies – so there will be nothing stopping your company from scaling as much as possible. Even private clouds, which are a bit more complicated, can also allow for massive scaling abilities.
Looking for cloud services in Brisbane?
If you’re looking for cloud services in Brisbane, our team at InfoTech Solutions is here to help. Our cloud hosting systems provide unrivalled security and a greater level of accessibility. You can work remotely while also ensuring your data is secure.
Gone are the days of the traditional data centre. Cloud solutions are the future of work – so get in touch with our expert team to start discussing how it can benefit you.
Also make sure to also read our introductory blog on cloud computing so you’re across all the basics. It’s also important you understand the expectations of the cloud versus the reality, so you can be sure what to anticipate.