What is Cloud Computing?

Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services – servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more – over the Internet (“the cloud”). Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people access to the same kinds of applications through the internet.

You’re probably using cloud computing right now, even if you don’t realise it. If you use an online service to send emails, edit documents, watch films or TV, listen to music, play games, or store pictures and other files, it’s likely that cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes. The first cloud computing services are barely a decade old, but already a variety of organisations – from tiny start-ups to global corporations, from government agencies to non-profits – are embracing the technology for all sorts of reasons. Get in touch with Computer Geeks today on 0117 325 0370 and see how our Cloud based solutions can really enable your business to be nimble, efficient and cost-effective.

Here are a few of the things you can do with the cloud:

  • Create new apps and services
  • Store, back up and recover data
  • Host websites and blogs
  • Stream audio and video
  • Deliver software on demand
  • Analyse data for patterns and make predictions

Get in touch with Computer Geeks today on 0117 325 0370 and see how our Cloud based solutions can really enable your business to be nimble, efficient and cost-effective.

So, why are so many businesses moving to the cloud?

We’ve put together a list of the top ten benefits that explain why so many businesses are choosing Cloud based computing:

1. Scalability

The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. This means delivering the right amount of IT resources – for example, more or less computing power, storage, bandwidth – exactly when it’s needed, and from the right geographic location.

Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is part of the service. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors.

2. Disaster recovery

Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for some smaller businesses that might lack the required budget and expertise, this is often more an ideal than the reality. Cloud computing is now helping more organisations buck that trend. Implementing cloud-based backup and recovery solutions save time, avoid large up-front investment and roll up third-party expertise as part of the deal.

3. Automatic software updates

The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your office. Suppliers take care of them for your business and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so businesses don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system themselves.

4. Free Capital-expenditure

Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. Businesses simply pay as they go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to cash flow. Add to that the ease of setup and management, it’s never been easier to take the first step to cloud adoption.

5. Increased collaboration

When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations.

6. Remote working

With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you’ve got to hand. Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them – without productivity taking a hit.

7. Document control

The more employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for watertight document control. Before the cloud, workers had to send files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by one user at a time. Sooner or later – usually sooner – you end up with a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles.

When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees one version of the truth. Greater visibility ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line.

8. Security

Lost laptops are a billion-dollar business problem. And potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit is the loss of the sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this happens. Because your data is stored in the cloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your machine. And you can even remotely wipe data from lost laptops so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands. Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity easier and less expensive.

9. Competitiveness

Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, for everyone. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small businesses can compete with larger ones, and disrupt the market, while remaining lean and nimble.

10. Environmentally friendly

While the above points spell out the benefits of cloud computing for your business, moving to the cloud isn’t an entirely selfish act. The environment gets a little help too. When your cloud needs fluctuate, your server capacity scales up and down to fit. So you only use the energy you need and you don’t leave oversized carbon footprints. This is something close to our hearts at Computer Geeks, where we try our best to create sustainable solutions with minimal environmental impact.

Is it time you moved to the Cloud?

Any three of the above benefits would be enough to convince many businesses to move their business into the cloud. But when you add up all ten? It’s approaching no-brainer territory.

We are Microsoft Silver Certified as a Small or Mid-market Cloud Solutions Provider, which means we are qualified to supply hosted services through Microsoft.

We are authorised and certified with a variety of other Cloud Services Providers.

Computer Geeks will make your journey to the cloud effortless and pain-free. Get in touch with us today on 0117 325 0370 and see how our Cloud based solutions can really enable your business to be nimble, efficient and cost-effective.