Determining the Need for Cloud Computing Services
The advantages SMEs and freelancers notice when using cloud computing are clear. Should company computer systems fail, the data is safe because it is stored on the Internet. Businesses can access the data when they need it, even if they are out of the office. Here are some other advantages of using cloud storage:
It can be accessed from any computer and different mobile devices because it only requires Internet access.
Maintenance and other processes are the responsibility of the service provider. No need to pay anyone for these functions.
No need to install or have physical storage devices.
Businesses only pay for the storage that is being used, and even in some cases, there are free services until after a certain limit is reached. Cloud computing has some flexibility depending on what is required.
There are no problems associated with storage capacity.
No risks of losing information (at least the risks are minimal).
Companies save on hardware and software because everything is included in the service itself.
No need to worry about software updates.
Adding data to the network is simple and fast.
It is fairly reliable, which means there is plenty of security.
Resources are saved on the company network, which can be used for other business functions.
File sharing is easier and faster.
A large initial investment is required for cloud storage, but people only pay for what is contracted and the cost is fairly accessible.
Is it advisable to move everything to the cloud? It will depend on each case, but generally not. Each business must define align their strategy to the objectives of that organization. In general, SMEs should transfer services and noncritical applications and then continue with productivity and collaboration applications such as mail, intranet or virtual meetings. For large organizations, experts recommend adopting hybrid cloud-based services from secure share. These cloud solutions enable an IT department to focus on providing value, instead of being forced to spend most of their time maintaining and updating its technology infrastructure, with the same guarantees of safety and performance that would be available if it was housed in their own location. It is known that companies who have chosen to not go with cloud computing will devote about 70% of their IT budget to maintenance and only 30% to new projects and innovation. In 2012, at least 40% of midsize companies use cloud services and only 20% of businesses will own no IT assets. According to secureshare, over the next few years, 50% of IT service will be cloud-based. According to recent studies, 75% of IT managers (CIO's) indicate that they currently have or are considering using cloud services.