When in doubt, go to the cloud!
Thanks to Business Insider Australia, we’ve heard that Oracle has snagged Google’s former engineering director Peter S. Magnusson, who’s in charge of building Google’s cloud and web app hosting platform. So yes, we may expect some new innovations from Oracle soon in terms of cloud computing services. This just goes to show how serious the field of cloud computing is at the moment.
You might have noticed that we are strong cloud advocates here at xenlife. A week ago, we published Hosting vs Dedicated Servers, and now we will delve deeper into the cloud benefits and why you should implement it for your business.
Who’s into cloud today?
Image Credit: Pixabay
If you’re still one of the naysayers in moving to cloud maybe you should take a look at the following big companies who are on board with cloud:
- Netflix. Yes, your favorite Netflix. Since it decided to split, the company made a comeback and is now responsible for the US’s internet traffic every night. Now, imagine if Netflix had to host its own server to ge this job done.
- Pinterest. Pinterest is your all-time favorite pinboard that took the Internet by storm a few years ago. The company has relied on the cloud from the start. This has allowed Pinterest to accept large amount of data while maintaining a small team. Now, Pinterest is one major traffic avenue for blogs and is responsible for e-commere revenues of most online businesses.
- Xerox. Xerox is synonymous to photopcopying. In 2012, it started its move and is now offering cloud services as well.
- Instagram. When it started, Instagram was hosted on one single computer. After its successful launch, that single computer wasn’t going to ge the job done. No way could it handle the traffic, thus the move to cloud. Instagram was bought by Facebook at $1 billion last 2012.
- Etsy. An e-commerce site, Etsy turned to cloud computing after finding itself bombarded by data for sorting.
- Apple. We can’t deny the fact that Apple lives up to its name no matter what mishaps occur or what critiques are thrown at this giant. So nobody was surprised when it turn to the cloud after lunching Siri. Now Apple’s innovating more products and we know will see more cloud-related services in the near future.
These are just six big companies which happen to be using cloud computing. Hundreds out there are still trying to figure out the benefits.
11 Reasons Why You Should Love Cloud Computing
#1 It’s cheaper.
In theory, cloud computing requires less capital expenditure plus it does not eat up physical maintenance fees.
So how does it help? Joe Weinman, a cloud computing influencer who wrote the book Cloudnomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, said that in his interview with Forbes’ Reuven Cohen “the cloud can help reduce costs, but more importantly, can be a core element of strategy, and occasionally, be the cornerstone of competitive superiority and market dominance.”
#2 It’s flexible.
Flexibility is one of cloud computing’s major benefits and it’s one of the main reasons we love it! Cloud computing may allow companies and its employees to do jobs and access data even outside the physical premise of the company. Most companies prefer it this way since it allows working anywhere as servers can be remotely accessed. For businesses and individuals with multiple sites, this gives them the ability of easy access as well.
Also, many online businesses may employ large numbers of staff, and moving to the cloud can allow multiple access point at the same time. Meaning, no one can hoard the space to check what’s wrong in the server. Rather, it can be done through one’s own devices and even at home.
#3 It’s scalable.
Upscaling and downscaling is very possible with the use of cloud. When required, the business may have the option for scaling. Businesses can now increase resources without changing their current IT systems. Overloading is never a concern and it can now be managed by cloud experts.
Due to this, start ups don’t have to worry about buying storage too small or too big.
#4 It’s environment friendly
When companies transfer to clouds, hardware equipment is eliminated. There are no in-house servers, only an internet connection is needed. For this, there is reduced power consumption and less needed energy.
#5 It increases productivity.
Telecommuting is very possible with cloud. The data that an employee wants access from the other side of the globe is always up to date and always available.
#6 It offers good security.
Physical or in-house servers of most companies can be open to physical threats. On the other hand, cloud computing is geared with superior security measures to help protect its users and clients. Most cloud providers offer features for security, disaster recovery options as well as good back up capacities.
These level of security may also depend on the provider you’ve chosen. So choose well.
#7 It’s progressive.
Cloud servers and computing is expandable and flexible. It continues to change and evolve. With advancement in mind, companies are now developing more cloud services based on the expanding needs of consumers.
#8 It requires less personnel training.
Less training and less personnel in general! Since cloud is virtual with managers and experts from the provider, you need not shell out extra money to train employees or to put on added staff. This keeps your team intact and productive.
#9 It doesn’t need extra software licensing.
Everything is now in the care of the provider. In old server practice, you could be bombarded by too many software applications and their licenses. These licenses often would require extra spending and the valuable time of staff or personnel, so we’d better get the cloud provider to do it.
#10 It’s great for start-ups!
If there’s one part of economics benefited by the cloud it’s the emerging markets! Most start-ups now don’t have the capacity to build or buy expensive and current infrastructures. Relying on the cloud can give them a heads up and the necessary push for starters.
Cloud services provide various options. Start-ups and emerging markets can choose and prioritize the things they need in their new business. After getting the heads up, these new businesses can start adding cloud services their expanding business now needs.
#11 It has fast and easy software upgrades.
You must admit, updating software on our phones, computers and servers is one of the things in life that we just hate to do. We let this update sit for days, weeks and months. And unless it’s work related or isn’t disrupting anything, we might as well not do it.
However, software updates provide bug fixes, upgraded services and better security. In cloud computing, all you need to do is sit and wait for the providers to do the job. I mean, it’s one bit of work removed from your shoulders. Even if you do need to update things, it will be easy to do at the push of a button or a click of the mouse.
Why do we love cloud?
Because it’s awesome, simple and effective. Imagine experiencing all the above advantages from your provider and a lot more we haven’t mentioned yet. Or imagine being in line with the famous companies we mentioned above like Instagram and Pinterest or the tech standard, Apple and MediaMath?
2014 has been a big year for the cloud. At the end of 2013, experts purported that 75% of UK businesses used at least one cloud service. In another survey conducted by RightScale, it was found that 74% of big enterprise (with over 1,000 employees) use hybrid cloud strategies experimenting on both public and private cloud. We can certainly expect more of this by 2015.
For further reading on the cloud and it’s benefits, refer to our must-read list below:
- The 39 Most Important People In Cloud Computing from Business Insider
- Three Ways Cloud Computing Is Driving Rapid Innovation from Forbes
- How Has Cloud Computing Changed Business? Infographic from Mashable
- The Pros and Cons of Moving Your Business Into the Cloud from Mashable
- Bulletproof sees growth as big names lift cloud computing mid-market
- Why Oracle And Salesforce, Once Bitter Rivals, Are Now On Cloud Nine from TechCrunch
- Bulletproof anticipates cloud uptick with managed Amazon Web Services