The cloud is the hottest trend in IT right now, and it has been for a while. That’s because the cloud is incredibly useful, able to fit into any IT strategy with a diverse range of offerings that can make business faster, cheaper, more resilient, and easily scalable.
Even more importantly, the cloud can help enhance business performance while reducing costs. Here is a list of five compelling ways the cloud can help businesses save money.
1. No major upfront investment
Running your own servers is a costly exercise. You’re not just paying for the hardware, you’re also paying for installation and configuration costs, license fees, the property those servers live on, as well as cooling and maintenance.
When doing everything yourself, the costs pile up quite quickly.
When using the cloud, you’re not paying those costs at all – you’re simply paying for what you use, as you use it.
This removes any upfront costs, leaving you paying a much lower monthly fee that’s based entirely on your usage.
2. Save on energy costs
On-premise server hardware uses electricity, and the business pays for it. By moving servers to the cloud, the business is no longer paying for the electricity those cloud servers run on – the vendor is.
And when your electricity supply is not guaranteed, and your power provider likes raising prices just because it can, having servers in the cloud does more than just save money – it brings invaluable peace of mind.
3. Reduced redundancies
Instead of trying to guess what sort of hardware you’ll need in your datacentre to satisfy customer demand for your services, the cloud lets you scale your infrastructure up and down as needed.
This saves you having to build in expensive redundancies for scenarios that may never happen. There’s no guesswork required, and you only pay for what you use.
4. Software as a service
Software delivered from the cloud – that is, software running on someone else’s datacentre that’s accessed via the web – is software you don’t have to buy up front or install or maintain yourself. You save money by simply paying a monthly fee for it.
The vendor maintains the infrastructure the software runs on and ensures it’s always up to date and available. By not taking care of all of that yourself, you save the time it would take to install it, and money because you’re not buying individual licenses for each PC inside your organisation. You’re also not paying someone to maintain it.
5. Save money with remote work
The cloud enables remote work by giving your staff access to the resources they need to do their jobs. All they need is a computing device, power, and an internet connection.
By collaborating and communicating from just about anywhere with a cloud-based tool like, for example, Microsoft Teams, your staff no longer need to work together in a physical office.
That means you don’t need as much office space as you once did, and can thus reduce the amount of rent the business pays each month by moving into smaller premises.
Of course there’s a “but”
Cloud computing certainly sounds like the cure to most IT ills, and it can be, but it’s only half the story. There are benefits of owning and operating your own server infrastructure, like the complete control it affords you, that using the public cloud doesn’t provide.
That’s why the most popular form of cloud adoption is the “hybrid cloud” model, where businesses use a mix of public and private cloud infrastructure in their day to day operations. This lets them run their workloads where they are most efficient, and get the benefits of both models at the same time.
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