The Benefits Of Cloud Computing For Small Businesses

By | December 22, 2011

The benefits that cloud computing can bring to a small business are considerable, offering savings on both time and money invested in IT solutions. For small businesses, setting up workable and efficient IT systems can require a significant investment, so cloud computing is a great fit for them. Increasing numbers of small and medium sized businesses are moving their operations into the cloud, enticed by its flexibility and cost-saving – but it is important to lay proper groundwork and fully prepare before making any significant shift into the cloud, in order to get the maximum benefit.

Cloud computing has much to offer small businesses with limited resources. For example, the use of software applications in a public cloud such as Microsoft 365 can help with the solution of network problems without requiring the business to acquire specialist IT staff or invest in server storage of their own. A major issue for small businesses is that the money and resources needed to grow a business are not readily available, particularly during a difficult economic climate. Applications in the cloud mean that staff can get access to a full suite of business software and data storage options, without the company having to invest in costly licenses and programs. Collaborative working is easier than ever in the cloud, enabling staff to work together in real-time on a project, providing feedback and making contributions to speed up completion and improve the quality of output.

One of the greatest benefits of cloud computing is the flexibility that it provides to a business. Businesses can choose to dispense with the traditional format of the business office and the physical IT infrastructure it requires, without removing the ability to collaborate, communicate with co-workers and clients and get up-to-the-minute data on business transactions. Businesses can greatly reduce overheads by enabling staff to work where and when they choose, rather than being tied to one physical location. This means that the business can attract a more diverse and qualified staff, by offering them flexible working options such as remote access. It also means that staff, and the company as a whole, can be more flexible in client-facing applications.

Cloud storage is hugely beneficial for small businesses because it reduces the physical hardware that needs to be purchased in order to store the company’s data, which can be one of the largest outlays when starting a business. The use of virtual servers means that data storage can be handled remotely and centralized; meaning that less time is spent managing critical data and upgrading on-site IT.

Physical data storage hardware can be compromised by fire; electrical problems, flooding or other damage, and this can lead to a massive lost of data, which is both distressing and costly. By removing or reducing the need for physical hardware, cloud storage of data on virtual servers means that data is always up-to-date, backed up and secure, so damage to physical hardware will have no effect on the running of the company’s IT infrastructure.

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Victor Daily is a blogger and freelance writer. He often writes about cloud computing and latest trends in technology for small businesses.