If you had enough money saved up and could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? The mountains of New Zealand? The pyramids in Egypt? The beaches of the Bahamas? The castles in Scotland? The forests of Costa Rica?
So, what’s stopping you!? Work… of course. You have to be in the office the next day, following the same routine you always have.
Well, what if we told you there’s a way you can visit all of these amazing places, and still get work done? Sounds pretty neat huh? What’s neater is the technology that makes this possible: cloud computing.
So, what exactly is cloud computing? Cloud computing allows you to work off of a network or application that is not installed or located locally. So, what does this mean? This means that your data is stored in remote servers that can be accessed through the internet. These servers store, manage, process, and protect your data. And, don’t worry, your information will be fully protected. All these data centers have state-of-the-art, government-level protection.
How does this work exactly?
Basically, if you pull data from another source through an internet connection, that’s cloud computing. If you access a website by typing in an IP address, or if you log onto Google docs and edit a document that your boss was previously working on, that’s what we’re talking about. Working off of the internet and pulling from/accessing a central source. So whether you’re in India or in France, as long as you have an internet connection and a device, you’ll be linked in.
What are the benefits of cloud computing?
Businesses are increasingly switching their operations to it for good reasons. There are many, many benefits to cloud computing.
As mentioned earlier, the data centers where your information is held are highly secure. In 2016, Microsoft found that 94% of SMBs experienced security benefits in the cloud that they didn’t have with their on-premise service. 62% of those that took this survey said that their levels of privacy protection increased as a result of moving to the cloud. So, if your laptop gets robbed in that crazy, busy city you’re visiting, don’t worry, your data will still be safe.
And, if you’re hacked or your main equipment is damaged, you don’t need to fret too much because recovery times for SMB are 4x faster for cloud computing users. We’ll have you back up and running in no time. About that stolen/damaged laptop though… sorry.
Another great benefit of switching to the cloud is how cost effective it is. You pay monthly as you grow. As Forbes finds, cloud computing is up to 40 times more cost effective for an SMB, compared to running your own IT system. 70% of businesses report that they’re been able to reinvest funds back into their business as a result of moving to the cloud. Even the US federal government uses the cloud – they saved $5.5 billion per year by switching. More money saved means more opportunities to expand! Maybe to Hawaii? We’ll see what your boss thinks.
Probably the most compelling feature of cloud computing is its convenience. As we’ve been referencing throughout this blog, the cloud allows users to work from any device, anywhere. Being able to work remotely and access files in real-time away from the office is known to improve collaboration. It also allows your employees to have a better work-life balance, in turn, making them happier!
In addition, the cloud is always new and updated. It offers endless scalability, so you can just keep growing off of it. If you need anymore convincing of the cloud’s credibility, take this statistic: It is then predicted that 78% of U.S. small business will have fully adopted cloud computing by 2020.
With cloud computing, you can literally be in the clouds.
You can be off traveling to Italy, or South Africa, or Thailand, with no worries because you know you’ll be able to plug in and get work done wherever you are.
At Michell Consulting Group, we will take you from start to finish with any technological request, especially cloud services. We focus on going above and beyond when providing customer service. We will reach out to you if we get anything less than a smiley face for a support task. When it comes to choosing an MSP that will really care, look no further. Contact us and we’ll help you take that trip to Greece with ease!