Cloud technology becomes more and more popular today. Being a prominent business tool it provides companies with great new opportunities. They consider various possibilities of business cloud storage, such as simple sharing their data and creating backups, or even launching cloud-connected applications and operating CRM and other systems.
There are a number of advantages in cloud computing which can be generalized into three main reasons for its integration into business processes:
What does that mean in practice? In times of permanent economic fluctuations, all the companies prefer saving money in different ways. With cloud computing, they don’t need to maintain complex in-house infrastructure. Such things as servers and their maintenance, hardware & software, licenses and others numerous things stay in past for them. And if we take it all together – lower costs, higher efficiency and quicker pace of work, – we can see the obvious positive effect on companies’ productivity.
The main statement can sound like this: instead of paying for maintenance and implementation of the infrastructure the cloud integration will let companies pay for innovations.
When it comes to cloud issues, in particular, cloud storage solutions, people somehow tend to think that using it is less secure than using their own IT-departments. In reality, the situation is the opposite one. Probably the wrong impression goes from the principle of basic operation processes. Usually, companies spend a great part of the budget on IT-security and take numerous actions to keep their information safe. Whereas when they use cloud computing they do nothing, so information seems to be unprotected. But, on the contrary, security processes are much more effective in cloud computing. In this case, security is being assured in a more streamlined way. Moreover, large cloud providers usually operate on quite complex levels so they also have to assure complex-level security, which protects information much better than any local IT-security.
Let us see the main security advantages of cloud storage for business:
Nevertheless, no one can trust cloud technology blindly as there are some disadvantages too. And they are as follows:
Today cloud security is one of the major concerns and as far as it will be possible to proclaim enough security level it will be another great step towards cloud computing.
To cut the long story short, let’s see how companies already can benefit from cloud computing and what should be done for safe and reliable integration of business processes and cloud technologies.
There are already lots of companies who have partially or fully implemented cloud computing in their operation and they already outpace their competitors in productivity and profits. Thus, in times of mobility and virtualization cloud computing becomes not simply the alternative but the necessity to stay among the leaders. Where it will take us to – who knows? The more effective businesses are the more they can do. What they will become with such opportunities can be hardly predicted now. But we will see it really soon as cloud integration comes closer and closer.