Cloud Computing Explained - Why Migrate?

Cloud Computing Explained - Why Migrate?16 Nov 2019

Cloud adoption by New Zealand businesses is on the rise. Despite this over 50% of small businesses are yet to embrace cloud computing.  Why? - Is it because company owners are unaware of the benefits? Or, is it because people don’t fully understand what cloud services are?

Businesses and organisations stand to gain by switching to the cloud. How? - It can improve your cyber security, increase workplace productivity, minimise downtime and ultimately boost your bottom line. Let’s dig deeper into cloud computing and its benefits before looking at how it’s shaping the modern world of business.

Cloud Computing Explained

Data stored in the cloud refers to data that’s saved on remote servers in data centres rather than in-house servers or your computer’s hard drive. You can use the internet to access applications and data stored on remote servers, which is widely known as cloud computing. Because information is stored remotely, you can access it using any device with an internet connection.

Key Benefits identified when Migrating a Business to the Cloud

Reduced IT Costs – Operating expenditure rather than Capital expenditure
Use cloud-hosted applications, and you won’t need to purchase, maintain or replace expensive on-site hardware, such as servers and cooling equipment. Additionally, you’ll likely get automatic updates and security upgrades as part of your subscription. You can save a small fortune by outsourcing IT maintenance and there’s no need to replace equipment regularly.
Scalability as and when required
You can scale your data storage requirements as and when required when you store it in the cloud, mitigating risks to your business while preparing you for any situation. You can also deal with growth easily regarding software, hardware and storage needs. You add more seats, space, as you need it. Enabling you to budget more effectively.
Less Downtime
Downtime can be costly for any sized business. If you have a problem with on-site hardware, you could suffer financially for countless reasons. Store your data in the cloud where it will be backed up automatically, and you’ll minimise the chances of business downtime while ensuring the safety of your data.
Increased Productivity
Multiple people from all over the world can access the same data and use the same applications simultaneously thanks to the cloud. By being able to give your employees the ability to collaborate virtually in real-time, you’ll increase workplace productivity, which could work wonders for your business.

Moving to Cloud Computing

According to a recent survey, most small companies fail to adopt cloud services due to a lack of understanding. Some companies believe it’s more cost-effective to pay for an application outright rather than subscribe to its cloud-based counterpart. The reality is that, using cloud-based applications, whether they’re Microsoft or Google’s range of business office applications, an Accounting application such as Xero or MYOB, or anyone of a myriad of other cloud computing applications, can save you money, increase your income, mitigate risks to your company and much more.

Learn more about the benefits of cloud computing by visiting your local Computer Troubleshooter today