“The Cloud” is the new technology catch phrase. In case you don’t know, “the cloud” is another name for the internet. Whenever you “go to the cloud” you’re accessing a program, functionality or a piece of computer or telephone equipment through the internet.
What led to the cloud’s popularity? Bandwidth. Back in the day when DSL and Cable topped out at 3 Mbps, there was no way a cloud based infrastructure would have worked. There wasn’t enough bandwidth and using the internet to access software and servers would have been a drag. Now, bandwidth is so prevalent, whether a server is in the cloud or in your office, there’s no discernible difference in the amount of time to access it.
What are the benefits of cloud computing?
Economies of scale. Take a large, multi location company for example. It doesn’t make sense to outfit each individual office with everything that is necessary to conduct business. It makes more sense to centralize systems and functionality and then provide remote access to those systems. This can be done in house or through third parties.
Security. It’s easier to secure programs and systems when there are fewer entry points. Companies offering cloud based services have comprehensive security systems in place to protect their users, systems and software.
Scalability. The old way – every office required its own set of equipment and programming and someone onsite to manage it. Now, internet access, thin clients and soft or IP phones are all that are required. Cloud based service companies provide all the support needed, so money that would be directed to IT support can be used elsewhere. When a large company creates its own cloud, it can centralize IT support as well. When a new office opens, all that’s required is a robust internet connection.
Lower upfront costs. Instead of spending thousands of dollars purchasing, implementing and managing servers, a phone system or software, a company could make the costs associated with those items operational expenses. All cloud service providers charge monthly subscription fees and don’t require large capital expenditures.
Your technology will stay up to date. Technology is always changing. Businesses are hesitant to make large investments in technology because they fear what they’re purchasing could become obsolete before they experience a ROI. Software requires frequent updating. If those updates aren’t taking place, the software could become ineffective. By utilizing the cloud, technology never becomes obsolete and always remains up to date.
Levels the playing field. With the cloud, a smaller company has access to the same technology and advancements that large companies do. A small company can utilize the same state of the art phone systems and computer software and functionality that a large multi national company would.
Today, companies can subscribe to SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). They can grow or downsize as fast as they need to. Systems and software are secure, remain up to date and require little or no in house management. Employees have greater freedom because they can work from almost anywhere. Employee laptops and desktops are less expensive, more secure and easier to replace because there are fewer saved files and limited software is required when employees access everything through the cloud.
If your business is opening up new locations, is due for a server refresh, wants to reduce overhead and increase security, contact CarrierBid telecom consulting today or complete the web form on the right side of this page. CarrierBid can help your organization implement any type of cloud based software or service, secure the best pricing and contract terms.