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Cloud Computing part 2 - What are the benefits of cloud computing?

The main benefits to the user are clear to see for all. Cloud computing offers great convenience, not only can users access their information from any computer but at the click of a button they can have an new program when needed.

However, for a business there are many positives that can be taken from Cloud computing but not all are particularly clear.

Fixed costs - If you know hoe many users and what applications they need access to then you can calculate your IT costs very simply. With Cloud computing there are no high initial costs for purchasing hardware and deploying the software. There are also no ongoing maintenance costs to keep the servers and software running smoothly. There aren't even any additional cost for upgrading software as this is all covered under the monthly fee charged by companies. You typically pay on a per user per month basis. This gives you much lower setup costs allowing startup businesses access to applications and services immediately.

Data security - If you are using a reliable company then your data should be backed up many times a day so you are safe in the knowledge that in the event of a disaster your information should be safe.
You also have the added benefit of physical security of your information as a data centre is likely to be far more secure than an office which isn't manned out of office hours.

Reliability - Services can be mirrored over several sites which means if one server goes down then you are simply switched to the backup server. Whereas if the server were in your office, if it goes down, there is likely to be no backup in place leaving you without data or an application.

Cost savings
- As most of your infrastructure will be outsourced, there will be less demand on internal IT staff allowing them to focus on other areas. As power hungry servers are no longer in the office, energy bills are reduced. There is also less need for powerful desktop computers as the majority of the processing is done on the servers, reducing power costs further and reducing future hardware costs.

Reduced risk and speed of deployment
- Most organisations want their solution up and running quickly so they can begin seeing the value. The time, expense and risk in developing and implementing an internal solution can be very extensive and adds no value until deployed. With cloud computing, you can typically see value almost immediately. Risk is significantly reduced since the vendor already has the solution running. And the vendor’s success is directly tied to your success since you can simply cancel their subscription if you are not happy or seeing value.

Other, lesser benefits include the ability to increase capacity (storage space) much easier than if data were stored in-house and better monitoring capabilities allowing you to monitor productivity and computer usage.

Posted: Tuesday 21 July 2009 10:10:35 by Global Administrator with 0 comments
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