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Top 10 Reasons to move your business software into the cloud

A recent study by Rackspace which surveyed  1300 organisations showed that a move to cloud based software lead directly to an average increase of 22% in profits.  With statistics like this we are going to see a sustained period in which companies will move their systems to the cloud.  In this article we give a quick overview of what we think are the top 10 drivers of the increase in profit those who move the the cloud are seeing.

Flexibility and low upfront cost

In today’s intensely competitive and dynamic market, only those business that are capable of innovating quickly will survive.  As business models change companies must change to meet these challenges / exploit new opportunities, cloud software provides a good starting point for this sort of flexibility due to a lower up front costs and more scalability. 

Business systems are available anywhere, anytime

You can access all your vital information from any computer, laptop, smartphone or iPad as all as you have Internet access. Besides, this flexibility positively affects work life balance as well as productivity.

Scalability

Though cloud computing is a software as a service (SaaS), it is easy to switch on, simple to expand or downsize, and usually includes a usage-based pricing model. The second a company needs more bandwidth than usual, a cloud-based service can instantly meet the demand due to the vast capacity of the service’s remote servers.

Lower power / hardware costs

Providers can optimize the hardware needs of their data centers, which mean lower costs for you. Moving to the cloud will save you money, not just for your cloud security needs, but also for many other types of data center workloads. Cloud service providers charge you less for energy used than what you could be potentially spending in your own data center.

Lower people costs

The staffing budget often makes up more than half of the organizations’ total computing costs. When a business moves to the cloud, the money it pays for the service goes to the

provider’s staffing costs, which typically is a much smaller amount than if it did all that work in-house.

Zero capital costs

In the world of cloud computing, financing the up-front capital costs of running your own servers is someone else’s problem as the cost gets spread over a server’s life. Since these services are typically pay as you go, there is no need for capital expenditure at all.

Zero redundancy

Typically, cloud computing services mirror your data and applications across at least two of their data centers, which means you get to enjoy the cloud’s economies of scale. The bandwidth from a provider includes automated software updates that include security updates, software upgrades and many other features.

Fully utilized hardware

Businesses can also save money due to the practicalities of cloud computing that include workloads sharing server infrastructure with other organizations’ computing needs, high utilization and smoothing of the inevitable peaks and troughs in workloads.

Quick disaster recovery

Nothing is better than the combination of speed and safety that cloud computing offers. However, the entire system needs a safety measure to secure the documents, data flooding online. Providers are required to recover the services within the minimum possible timeframe. Business can keep several copies of their data and store it, so that they may restore it even if the system is not running.

Environmentally friendly

Cloud computing uses less electricity as businesses only utilize the server space they need. Better hardware utilization means more efficient power use and a decrease in the carbon footprint. Using the cloud results in at least 30% less energy consumption and carbon emissions than using on-site servers. For small companies, the cut in energy use and carbon emissions is likely to be as high as 90%.

Conclusion

While there are plenty of good reasons to move your business software into the cloud, it mainly boils down to good business sense. Whether it is about boosting your efficiency or doing a lot more with less, the bottom line is cloud computing lets you focus on what’s most important: your business. It can be used for almost all types of applications, not just business security. Being faster to deploy, businesses have minimal project start-up costs and predictable on going operating expenses when they move to the cloud.