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What are the benefits of Cloud Computing ?

Cloud Computing has many benefits as noted below;

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1. Reduced costs: Cloud computing reduces your hardware (computers, software (all those downloaded programs), networking management and overall IT expenses. In addition, with cloud computing, you only pay for what you use, when you use it.

2. Scalability: You can scale your business’ storage and processing needs seamlessly rather than having to go out and purchase expensive programs or hardware. A not-for-profit ran a cookbook project and was able to pay for all the cloud apps they needed to create, implement and market their project on a month to month basis. They didn’t have to purchase any hardware, buy software licenses or worry about overloading their servers.

3. Automatic Updates: There is no need for IT to worry about paying for your future updates in terms of software and hardware as it is all catered for in monthly licenses.

4. Remote Access: employees, partners and clients can access, and update information wherever they are, rather than having to run back the office.

5. Disaster Relief: With your company’s data safely stored in secure data centres instead of your server room (previously known as your storage closet), losing power due to storms, earthquakes or a construction worker cutting the power lines, you are back at work as long as you have an internet connection.

6. Ease of Implementation: Your IT team (hopefully older than a 10 year old) may not like this, but implementing cloud services can be as easy as, well, setting up a Facebook page.

7. Skilled Vendors: Who would you rather manage and protect your data?
A company such as DC Two (where staff combined have over 40 years experience serving enterprise clients), IBM or Amazon or your IT staff?

8. Response Time: Cloud computing accomplishes a better response time in most cases than your standard server and hardware.

9. Even playing field for small firms: This allows small companies to compete more effectively with some of the larger businesses, balancing the playing field. Your small business can utilize the same tools that Fortune 100 companies use and can do this because with cloud computing, your business will only pay for what you need (see #1).

10. Lego: Children have been playing with Lego since 1916 because Lego allows them to build whatever their imagination designs. Cloud applications allow your business to select what your company needs, when you need it and use it how you want to. You can select an intranet as your platform, email and CRM system, email marketing tools, financial services from yet another vendor etc... and you use and pay for only what you need.

It’s like Lego™ for grown-ups. Only better.