Guest blog post by: Elaine Bennett

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Modern technology is designed to help various businesses, no matter their size or structure, and improve their efficiency and overall performance on the market. One such technological solution is cloud-based computing. Even though cloud computing has been available on the market for some time now, its popularity and usage continue to grow even today.

Small businesses, in particular, stand to gain a lot from leveraging this modern solution. The main reason is that cloud computing enables seamless streamlining of entire business processes in a cheaper and more efficient way. But what exactly is cloud computing?

Simply put, cloud computing is delivery of computing services, such as databases, storage, servers, software, analytics and many more, over the internet, i.e. the cloud. With that in mind, here are a few advantages of cloud computing for small businesses.

Cost Efficiency

One of the major issues small businesses oftentimes face is lack of proper funding. Small business owners look to cut costs whenever they can while maintaining the efficiency of their company. Fortunately, cloud computing is cost-effective and a lot cheaper than traditional methods. However, not all cloud solutions are created equal. While traditional cloud solutions are complex and can be limited by physical appliances, cloud solutions based on HCI are minimalistic and flexible. Hyper-converged enterprise cloud solutions integrate computing, storage, network and security into one single platform, which makes them a perfect all-in-one solution for small business and enables you to cut costs as much as possible.

Scalability

As mentioned before, cloud computing offers scalability features to small business. Depending on your needs, you can opt for leverage in-house hardware to support your business operations or subscribe to Infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The way it works is that you utilize external hardware provided by the cloud service provider as your own. This method allows you to add or remove hardware based on current business needs by subscribing for or unsubscribing from IaaS. This can be a good solution for companies that need decisions on the spot, but if your business operates at a steady pace, HCI solution with in-house hardware is the right choice for you, as it will give you more control and help you protect sensitive data.

Accessibility

Cloud computing services are also a storage solution. Since everything is stored in a cloud, you can easily access everything from any location in the world. This does not just include the files stored in the cloud; software and platforms you’re currently using also become available for access from any location. That means that you’re no longer bound to an office computer or a server. Moreover, this feature makes file sharing and storage as seamless as it gets.

In addition, it’s an ideal feature that’s quite beneficial for remote work as well. Small business can focus their attention on business operations without having to worry about storage and data transfer issues. Data and software are available on any device with access to the Internet, such as a laptop, smartphone, tablet and so on. This can help employees who are on the road to access important files or programs, as well as allow small businesses to branch out to different locations across the world.

Security

One of the major advantages of cloud computing is improved cybersecurity capabilities. Any data that’s stored in the cloud is encrypted, and it always has a backup in place should the need for quick recovery arise.

If you don’t have IT-support team focused on security, you can opt for cloud service that includes security monitoring. What’s more, data stored in the cloud is not held at a single location. Instead, the data is broken down into fragments and each fragment is encrypted, as well as stored at separate locations within remote data centers.

Therefore, even if someone was to breach the security and obtain your data from one location, they would only have a fragment of your incomplete data. In other words, it’s useless without other pieces. The data becomes complete only when you access it. As mentioned before, there’s always a backup of your data in the cloud, which means you don’t have to bother with backups yourself.

Cloud computing is one of the greatest technological advancements of this age. It allows companies to introduce efficiency and seamless operations for their business activities. Aside from being cost-effective, cloud computing is also quite reliable these days. Therefore, if you’re looking to improve your small business in any way, consider exploring the advantages cloud computing can provide you with.

More about the author:

Elaine Bennett is a blogger, currently writing for Bizzmark Blog. She’s a digital marketing specialist, passionate about helping small businesses grow. Follow her on Twitter to find more of her articles.

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