The greatest benefit of cloud computing is the reduction in costs that can be attributed to moving a company’s data away from a physical server environment to the cloud. McKinsey’s recent study in 2011 found that Fortune 500 companies reduced their costs by an average of 40% by moving to a hosted cloud computing infrastructure.
Due to centralising IT systems in the cloud, a company can now substitute the volatile costs of IT maintenance and upgrades for a predictable fixed operational cost. Capital expenditure previously spent on purchasing new servers every three to five years, can now be invested in the ongoing maintenance and development of the IT infrastructure. FDs and accountants will breathe a deep sigh of relief as cloud computing ensures that there are no more big spikes in the technology every three years.
Security concerns are usually the first raised by skeptics, secondly to the physical location of the cloud server that hosts the virtual server. The reality is that security is increased through the use of the cloud because data and security protocols are centralised can be deployed across the entire network simultaneously. With companies like Commensus, all servers are housed in secure Tier 3+ data centres which are physically located in either London, Paris or Frankfurt. This removes the concerns about where data is physically located and ensures that each company has their own dedicated private cloud within a secure and fully resilience data centre.
Cloud computing also gives the added advantage of your IT experts becoming increasingly agile and free to focus on strategic projects which enables them to take advantage of new opportunities to drive rapid innovation and growth throughout the whole organisation. By integrating any remaining physical servers with the cloud, administrators can experience unprecedented control of the firm’s entire server infrastructure from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
With cloud computing, productivity is also boosted with employees always have access to the latest technology with no need for investment in the resources and skills required to keep upgrading. Employees also benefit from increased mobility with access to their desktop in your private, resilient, Cloud from any corner of the world. Overall, your business becomes more flexible and able to take advantage of any changes in industry that transpire.
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