What Can Cloud Computing Do for Your Business?
Guest post from Victor Daily who is a tech blogger and freelance writer. His interests span from cloud server hosting and VPS to gadgets and gaming. He currently works for an IT company as well as writing for several blogs and publications.
The greatest difficulty posed by office work has always been the quality office space along with the appropriate equipment. It’s vital in order to provide your employees with ready access to information and tools pertinent to their jobs, but all the same it’s limiting- you can’t work beyond the predetermined office hours, much less work from somewhere outside the office. Cloud computing technologies solve this dilemma, allowing you to bring your work with you. Intelligent use of the tools these offer will make your employees more productive at the same time your operating costs are dramatically cut. Networked resources can be accessed any time, any place; cloud computing lets you get away with far more variable schedules than a traditional office. Employees can work on projects at any point up to the assigned deadline; when you remove the practical barriers, you’ll find allowing employees that sort of freedom allows them to produce better-quality work.
Many modern offices use complex web applications as a vital part of the workflow. These are perfectly suited to cloud computing.Tthe web apps in question will typically run inside an ordinary browser without a great deal of work, letting employees access work tools from a home PC. By utilizing a grid of distributed systems to serve the web apps in question, as opposed to a single server, you can improve performance enough to safely allow for employees to work from their own equipment. There are jobs where the physical office can be entirely eliminated with nothing but positive results- a cloud-computing solution can easily work as well as or better than a more traditional office environment.
Even where it can’t replace a traditional office, for example, in consumer-facing positions, cloud computing can be an excellent addition to your business toolbox. Even within a traditional office, cloud solutions provide a cheap way to host your web applications and other content. Scalability is without par, as well; by adding or removing individual nodes in a server cluster, you can easily tailor the hardware resources to your specific needs. Virtual private server systems allow you to emulate the functionality of a traditional server with a distributed processing network, making it every bit as easy to use as a stand-alone server.
On the user’s side, cloud solutions are far more reliable due to the dramatically higher ability to withstand hardware failures. By decentralizing the systems used, an individual hardware failure will take out only a slight fraction of the overall computing power available. With some reasonable redundancy in your cloud computing clusters, a hardware failure won’t noticeably impact performance, and will be repaired silently.
This rolls nicely into the last point. Cloud computing allows you to rent resources from a server farm as opposed to maintaining your own equipment. This cuts costs drastically by removing the need for a full IT department; the server farm’s staff will be more than qualified to maintain the hardware you’re presently using, and an IT department can easily manage the local hardware for your business. You can simultaneously cut costs, increase productivity, and simplify operations in your offices.