All the advantages of cloud computing in one convenient list

Research from Rightscale has found that faster access to infrastructure, higher performance and staff efficiency are some of the most frequently cited advantages of cloud computing. But there are far more to discover.

When it comes to specific industries and use cases, there are dozens of unique benefits (check out our free guide to see how the cloud specially benefits legal professionals). However, for this list, we’ve compiled the nine most critical and universally applicable advantages of cloud computing.

Take a look below and discover whether the cloud is the perfect fit for your organisation.

1. Speed to market

Sometimes being the fastest out of the blocks is all you need to win the race. Thanks to its unrivalled speed to market, businesses who embrace the cloud can immediately gain a competitive advantage.

Due to the cloud’s lack of procurement delays deployment time reduces from months to weeks. This means you can launch new services and products as soon as you create them, while your competitors are still grappling with development.

 

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2. Security

Forty five percent of users cite improved security as their top cloud computing advantage.

As well as world class physical security - such as remote locations, armed guards and 24/7 monitoring - cloud providers, like Azure, have a whole host of security features up their sleeves.

From preventative measures, such as Azure’s Web Application Firewall, to Application insights which monitor your IT environment for threats, Azure keeps your files safe with multi-layered security.

3. Flexible expenditure

One of the most talked about advantages of cloud computing is its flexible pricing structure. Unlike on-premise solutions, which have you pay in one large lump sum up front, you pay for the cloud like a utility.

Better yet, with the cloud you save on ongoing operational costs. While you would have to pay an IT team to manually provision, maintain and update your servers, with the cloud your provider does this all for you.

This flexible expenditure means you only pay for what you use. If business is booming and you need more compute, storage or networking your bill will reflect this. Vice versa, if you need fewer resources, you pay for fewer. Ultimately, this will make your IT budget more predictable and easier to manage.

4. Going paperless

For companies dealing with sensitive information, such as those working in legal services, keeping documents in the right hands is a struggle. In fact, 47 percent of surveyed law firms are interested in moving to a paperless office.

One advantage of cloud computing is its ability to store and share digital files securely. This means printing, storing and shredding documents is a thing of the past. Better yet, with the cloud you can restrict access to confidential documents at the touch of a button, ensuring no one unauthorised gets in, and nothing sensitive gets out.

5. Innovation

When it comes to growing your business and seeking new opportunities, IT is the best backbone for innovation. But only 34 percent of businesses are currently investing in IT-driven innovation

Fortunately, the cloud makes business innovation easier to achieve. With Microsoft Azure, users have access to a suite of impressive tools and services. From IoT to machine learning and AI, these tools help your business improve critical processes, provision new services and, in turn, become more competitive.

Take Testify, an Austrian professional service company who used Azure IoT Hub to innovate and develop their own business application. Thanks to the cloud, the company has automated most of their processes, saving both time and money.

6. Disaster recovery

Cloud computing isn’t just about getting ahead of the pack. The cloud protects your business too.

Forty nine percent of companies in the legal and financial sector chose the cloud for data backup and recovery functions. And it’s not hard to see why. For businesses who deal with critical data, the cloud is the obvious choice.

The cloud stores and maintains electronic records of all of your data, making them easy to recover if the worst should happen.

7. Security

Forty five percent of users cite improved security as their top cloud computing advantage.

As well as world class physical security - such as remote locations, armed guards and 24/7 monitoring - cloud providers, like Azure, have a whole host of security features up their sleeves.

From preventative measures, such as Azure’s Web Application Firewall, to Application insights which monitor your IT environment for threats, Azure keeps your files safe with multi-layered security.

8. Compliance

As well as offering enhanced security, the cloud is a brilliant resource for keeping your business compliant with evolving data regulations.

While many businesses have struggled to comply with 2018’s GDPR movement, users of Azure benefit from Microsoft’s dedication to data privacy and expert advice on the subject. What’s more, Azure’s cloud solutions have security built in and privacy by design, ensuring you receive the best security at the best price.

But it doesn’t stop there. Microsoft are continuously developing new solutions to make data compliance a walk in the park. Check out Microsoft Trust Center to learn more.

9. Reduced infrastructure

By migrating to the cloud, your business can reduce the size and cost of its in-house infrastructure.

Not only will this add a certain element of ‘feng-shui’ to your data centre, you also eliminate the need to procure, provision, monitor, and patch on-premise infrastructure.

With no need to buy and store multiple servers, you’ll free up a lot of space in your datacenter.

10. Remote working opportunities

As you’ll discover in our guide, ‘The Modern Workplace - Everything you need to know’, the manner in which modern businesses work is changing rapidly.

Forty three percent of the workforce has spent at least some time working remotely. As more and more people demand remote working opportunities from their employers, businesses without the right policies or infrastructure in place will struggle to keep up.

By contrast, companies embracing the cloud can take full advantage of collaborative tools, remote work initiatives and the productivity bonuses and business benefits they bring.

Let the statistics do the talking

Cloud computing is already revolutionising the professional world. Not only does it equip businesses with the tools to embrace remote working, champion paperless offices and improve internal security, it’s also making business a far easier affair:

With so many incredible advantages, it's no wonder public cloud adoption rose by 92 percent in 2018.

If you would like to learn more about how the cloud, check out our guide: ‘The state of cloud computing in 2019: how to make waves in your industry.’ Just click below to discover how the cloud is changing the way companies like yours achieve greatness.

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TOPICS: Cloud, working remotely, cloud solutions

Written By: Doherty

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