If you are following my blog then you will be familiar with the idea of the cloud, and what it’s purposed it and what it can do for SMEs.
Using the cloud for business storage can save the business money and provide easy access to the data no matter where you.
Storing data remotely into the cloud in a flexible on-demand manner brings appealing benefits: relief of the burden for storage management, universal data access with independent geographical locations, and avoidance of capital expenditure on hardware, software, and personnel maintenances. Wang, C., Chow, S. S., Wang, Q., Ren, K., & Lou, W. (2013)
In an article by https://www.comparethecloud.net they break down the pros and cons of cloud computing in a business, but I’ll leave the cons till my next blog.
The first on the list is accessibility where it’s said that the main benefit if being able to access information over the internet. This allows you to move beyond time zone and geographic location issues. (Pritchett, 2018)
The other points are cost savings, Disaster recovery, Scalability, Speed, and Storage immortality.
These are definitely the deciding factors in whether or not a business will use the cloud or not.
Switching to the cloud will save costs in power, compared to running an internal storage solution as quoted by (Pritchett, 2018) This will reduce your annual operating costs and even more savings because it does not depend on internal power to store information remotely.
Amy then discusses about Disaster recovery and that “ All businesses should invest in an emergency backup plan and cloud storage can be used like this by creating a second copy of important files.” (Pritchett, 2018) Cloud storage is a great solution for business backups as it provides off-site storage, and gives you access to it from any location.
With cloud storage, you only pay for the amount of storage you require. If your business experiences growth, then the cloud operator can help accommodate your corresponding growth in data storage needs (Pritchett, 2018) This is my favorite system in Cloud Computing, if you business gets a huge spike in traffic you can have your production server startup others to help it handle the load instead of just crashing.
Tests have shown that when the cloud is supported by the right enterprise technologies, the speeds achieved can rival onsite scores (Pritchett, 2018) This is true but as Amy said it only works well if the business has a good upload/download speed with their ISP as that is where the bottleneck will occur.
The cloud offers the opportunity to bypass the risk of purchasing hardware that will soon be obsolete. Instead, you can pay for the capacity and performance your business requires, and your provider can upgrade the environment to keep pace with the latest technology. (Pritchett, 2018) Here is another way a business can save money. Instead of buying 100’s of thousands of dollars worth of server equipment that will need to be maintained, you can simply upgrade and downgrade your cloud system on the go.
Reading other articles, they all have the same opinion on these six systems, but I did find an interesting fact from an article written in 2015. Today, 37 percent of U.S. small businesses have fully adapted to cloud computing, and a 2014 Intuit study predicts that percentage will more than double to 80 percent by 2020 (Lavoie, 2015)
Why I am Interested in Cloud Computing
What makes the Cloud to appealing to me is that there is no longer a reason for startups to feel stumped when it comes to pushing their website/program into the web as the systems to do it are all here in the Cloud, for example this very website would not be possible without the Cloud, and being a student and paying five dollars a month is well worth it.
I know the cloud is not perfect, which I will discuss in my next blog but it’s still has a lot more pros then it does cons.
I would love you hear your opinions on the Cloud. Do you love it or hate it?
Wang, C., Chow, S. S., Wang, Q., Ren, K., & Lou, W. (2013). Privacy-preserving public auditing for secure cloud storage. IEEE transactions on computers, 62(2), 362-375.
Lavoie, A. (2015). 4 Reasons Small Businesses Should Migrate to the Cloud. [online] Entrepreneur. Available at: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245784 [Accessed 6 Apr. 2018].
Pritchett, A. (2018). 6 Pros and Cons of Cloud Storage for Business. [online] Compare the Cloud. Available at: https://www.comparethecloud.net/articles/6-pros-and-cons-of-cloud-storage-for-business/ [Accessed 6 Apr. 2018].