10 things you need to know about cloud computing

Ross MacKenzie
Categories: Cloud Transformation
Tags: Cloud Solution Provider
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Nowadays, it's becoming increasingly popular for companies all across the UK to move their business IT to the cloud. And it’s unsurprising, as it is a more convenient and more secure way to manage your data. So, if you're considering making the switch, here are 10 things you need to know about cloud computing.

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Not all businesses understand the simple fact that cloud computing allows you to work from absolutely anywhere. And you don't need a desktop either. You can access your data from any modern device, including laptops, tablets and mobiles.

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By 2020, it is expected that around three-quarters of people will be using cloud computing. So yes, even though many businesses still use non-cloud solutions, this will soon be coming to an end.

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A study found that only 35% of companies could actually remain active and profitable if they were to lose access to their data systems. However, by using secure cloud computing solutions that allow you to safely backup your data and have it restored, this is no longer a problem.

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A study found that 94% of businesses feel that, after making the switch to cloud computing, their data is more secure. Mainly because it completely removes sensitive data from an in-house facility to the cloud, where it is monitored constantly and stored across multiple servers simultaneously.

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Safely storing customer data is increasingly important, especially after the introduction of GDPR. Well, the same study as above found that 91% of companies find that cloud computing allows them to meet government compliance requirements. Largely because everything they store on the cloud is fully encrypted and is far less accessible to hackers.

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By using cloud computing, you are essentially offloading the mundane, time-consuming task of monitoring your data and ensuring it is safe at all times. Allowing you to spend your time on actually growing your company rather than worrying.

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Growing a successful company means having one where all employees have access to the same information and communicate more effectively. Well, cloud-based computing allows you to do exactly this as, no matter where you are, all employees have access to the same information as and when they need it.

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If you believe that many of your competitors still don't make use of cloud computing, then it could be a great way for you to streamline your processes and become more competitive. Need proof? Well, this study found that almost 80% of those studied who use cloud computing feel that it gives them a competitive edge.

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This has to be a benefit of cloud computing that you most likely hadn't thought of! But it’s true. Compared to using traditional methods of storing data on on-premises servers and paper, cloud computing is far more environmentally friendly and can help your business reduce its carbon footprint.

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Finally, one of the greatest things about cloud computing for businesses is that it removes the need for timely, costly updates to their software and hardware. Instead, everything is managed by your cloud computing provider and done automatically behind the scenes. 

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