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2014 is the Year of the Cloud

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5 Money-Saving Reasons to Move to The Cloud in 2014


“2014 is the year of the cloud”. That’s what the experts are saying.


With over $100bn set to be spent on cloud computing this year, many expect to see a new wave of industrial development and cloud technology take the world by storm.


But what does that mean for small and medium sized businesses? What are the actual financial benefits of moving to the cloud and are they worth it? Should you move to the cloud in 2014 or not?


Let’s face it, when it comes to business, most decisions boil down to profits. Will this be financially beneficial for your company overall or quite the opposite?


And if you know a thing or two about cloud computing, you’ve probably heard people saying yes, it will save you money. And yes, if you’re an SME you most definitely should move your IT to the cloud. And in terms of financial benefits, you’re about to discover why:


1. The most efficient use of hardware


The use of cloud computing systems creates natural economies of scale. In whatever distant land your server might be based, your workloads will share the server’s infrastructure with other company’s computing needs.


Which means? Your cloud-computing provider will optimize its hardware use and thus be much more efficient than traditional in-house servers.


And that means? Yep. Less money spent. More cash in your back pocket.


2. The most efficient use of power


Hand in hand with the last point comes the big overall saving on power costs.


If you run your own in-house servers and data centre - they most likely won’t be utilized fully. Which means that some of the time your servers will remain idle and waste a load of energy. Wasting energy (of course) means wasting money. And wasting money means… well I’m sure you understand the implications of that!


Your cloud computing provider, however, will use its hardware as efficiently as possible - and charge you less for power usage.


Ching ching! More spending money in your company wallet.


3. The most efficient use of staff


One of the largest expenses when it comes to IT, is employee wages. Savvy IT people don’t come cheap, and the cost of hiring them can often set you back more than the cost of the actual software and hardware.


After all, you need someone there in case of technical emergencies.


But with cloud-computing, you don’t. Because there will be no technical emergencies on your end, and if there are at the other - your cloud provider’s staff will jump right on the case.


Of course some of your costs will be going towards these IT people’s wages, but they tend to be a lot less than the costs involved when hiring your own full time in-house staff. Just one of the many benefits of that wonderful economies of scale thing we talked about.


Does that mean you have to kick your IT staff out onto the street!?

No.


Lots of organisations that make the move to the cloud use their skilled and scarce IT staff in other valuable areas of the company. And again efficiency prevails...and your wallet expands.


4. No more capital costs


That’s right. Yet another money-saver is the fact that you won’t need any upfront capital to pay for your own servers. That’s someone else’s problem.


All you need to fork out for is that much more reasonable ongoing service cost.


By now, your company wallet is starting to look like a stuffed turkey on Christmas morning.


5. No more disaster recovery expenses


Disasters happen. But even if they don’t, companies need to be prepared for the worst. They need to backup all their important data and have disaster recovery strategies in place, just in case.


Of course with cloud computing this isn’t necessary. Your data will typically be stored safely in at least 2 different servers in 2 entirely different locations. For small and medium sized companies especially, this is much safer than doing it all in-house. And cheaper too.


Are you starting to understand just how financially rewarding moving to the cloud could be for you? In 2014 the cloud sphere will become bigger, better and even more innovative. Don’t get left behind!


Click here now to see what cloud computing options are available for you.


 

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