Almost every business can find a way to use cloud computing to save them money and simplify operations. The wide range of functions and features are revolutionary, but they can also be overwhelming for a Utah small business owner to sort through. So, how can you best leverage cloud technologies for your business? Consider these common applications.
Infrastructure As A Service
Businesses often lease cloud-based servers instead of using in-house hardware. This is known as infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Users can run any operating system or applications on the rented servers without the maintenance and operating costs of those servers – the hosts are responsible for preventing or resolving any issues that may arise. Additionally, the infrastructure will automatically scale up or down based on demand.
If you’re an entrepreneur laying the groundwork for a startup company, don’t even consider purchasing the hardware you’ll need for in-house servers until you explore IaaS with our managed services team. You may find it astonishing how much capital you can save by eliminating the need to purchase and manage physical servers. Even established companies who have relied on in-house servers in the past can save money by eliminating ongoing maintenance expenses.
Cloud-based applications are some of the most widely used cloud offerings. Apps have been developed to help companies manage email, CRM, ERP, HR management, and more without being forced to maintain all the hardware needed to host these applications. This industry has exploded in recent years as more companies learn how much they can save using software as a service (SaaS). In addition, SaaS greatly simplifies office operations and lowers costs while offering increased security and reliability. It’s up to the software company – not yours – to ensure everything is performing as expected.
By taking advantage of cloud-based apps, companies can also offer employees the flexibility to work remotely while maintaining access to emails, documents, and more. And if you couldn’t already tell we’re proponents of SaaS, here’s one final benefit: scalability. Apps like Microsoft Office 365 allow companies to adjust their licenses as they shrink or grow and any time their needs change.
File Storage and Recovery
File storage in the cloud isn’t just common at work. Many of us use the cloud to store photos, videos, and other files from our phones and mobile devices. With cloud storage becoming so common, most employees easily adapt to using cloud-based file storage programs like Google Drive and Dropbox in the workplace. Companies that use the cloud for file storage don’t have to rely on desktop programs and spacious hard drives; data is available 24/7, and it can be accessed from any secure device at any location. When you choose to store files in the cloud they will be immune to IT emergencies like power outages, in-house hardware failures, and many cyber threats. Even files accessed using desktop apps like Office 365 can (and should) be automatically backed up to the cloud.
Is it time for your company to start leveraging cloud technologies? Contact our team to learn more and get started.