An obvious fact about cloud computing? It has become very popular for all businesses. Leave today, in 2018 itself, over 3/4th of enterprises were using the cloud. Gradually, with times changing so quickly due to COVID-19, adopting cloud computing became the hotshot for all industries.
Now, we’re all part of the digital transformation that companies call ‘Adoption of the Cloud’ and no matter where we are, we need to get used to it because it’s the need of the hour to keep businesses afloat, to keep clients happy, to meet all goals.
The humongous uses of cloud computing have proven effective in providing an array of solutions to not just one but nearly all problems. In fact, it has also been credited with increasing competitiveness through cost reduction, greater flexibility, elasticity, and optimal resource utilization.
That said, here are a few common uses of cloud computing to enhance the ability to achieve business goals:
1. Data Storage
Storing files is one feature but the cloud also makes it possible to access, edit, and share files anywhere with just an internet connection. This opens up the room for a variety of opportunities like improved security, better collaboration, and mobile working. That’s not it. Cloud computing makes sure you have a high speed and increased scalability.
Businesses today collect vast amounts of data whether it is regarding customers, their operational processes, logistics and supply chain, or anything else. But the value of such data comes from making sense of it, i.e, when you use it to come up with solutions to problems or when you discover new opportunities. This is why you need analytics which comes from substantial computing resources.
3. Data Backup and Recovery
The old methods of backing up data were complicated and time-consuming and this is where cloud computing fit the picture perfectly. It made backing up data far easier and secure. So much so, that now you can also schedule backups, store them remotely on virtual servers, and encrypt them for increased security.
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Talking about recovery, we know for a fact that more than 75% of business that experience a disaster and do not have recovery strategies in place within 3 years of a disaster. That’s how costly it is to keep a plan in place. However, we do agree that traditionally it was tough to keep up disaster recovery plans as it was expensive. But that’s not the case anymore. With cloud computing, you can build efficient disaster recovery solutions and make your business resilient.
4. Software Testing and Development
Development of new applications or in-house platforms have never been easy. It required spending, time, and staff that could procure, install, and configure hardware. But with cloud computing, testing and development have become quicker, less expensive, and less complicated.
5. Business Processing
If your business functions on management applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, we’d say you already use cloud computing. That’s because such enterprise-level applications are deployed with the use of SaaS, which heavily relies on cloud computing for proper functioning. It also ensures convenient maintenance, security, and management of your business’ essential resources.
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