Cloud computing allows for businesses to store, share and access data from across the Internet, within a central virtual environment. However, using the cloud for business comes with understandable scepticism. How secure is data that has been stored in the cloud? What are the benefits of the cloud over the on-premises alternative?
Cloud computing for business…here’s what you need to know.
The infographic above looks at the fiction versus the facts of today’s state of cloud computing.
FICTION: YOU CAN’T CONTROL YOUR DATA IN THE CLOUD
It’s a common misconception that storing your data in the Cloud means that you lose control over it. In fact, there are plenty of steps that can be taken in order to take control over the storage and use of your data. What’s more, if you implement these measures, these measures will prevent your data from getting into the wrong hands altogether:
- Control user permissions and file access and limit it to those who actually need the access to specific documentation, rather than allowing access to everyone in your group by default
- Implement added security measures, such as end-to-end encryption, two-factor authentication and even a private cloud solution
- Update management controls to ensure that changes can’t be made without proper authorisation
FACT: CLOUD COMPUTING INCREASES EFFICIENCY
The Cloud provides businesses with a central location for sharing data and information across clients, teams and projects. This increases efficiency within businesses because it allows geographically dispersed individuals (whether that’s clients, team members or employees) to constantly keep in the loop of progress on projects, clients and files.
Out of 300 IT professionals using full-service cloud computing, surveyed by Clutch, 47% named increased efficiency as its main benefit.
FICTION: IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE TO MOVE TO THE CLOUD
If there is plenty of data to store, then the Cloud is certainly a cost effective option for businesses. In fact, moving to the cloud could save your business money. The cloud computing provider secures and backs up your data, you avoid the time consuming and expensive process of upgrading a system and you don’t need to spend money hiring in-house IT personnel.
Did you know that, according to Forbes, cloud computing is up to 40 times more cost effective for a small-to-medium business, compared with running its own IT system.
FACT: YOUR BUSINESS WILL BE HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT
According to The Paperless Project, each year the World produces more than 300 million tonnes of paper. Producing one tonne of printing paper costs the earth 24 trees and 45% of the paper that’s printed in offices ends up being thrown away anyway.
Moving some (or all) of your data/files to the cloud could dramatically decrease the use of paper used within your business, which not only saves you time in filing and searching for information; but will help the environment, too.
FICTION: THE CLOUD ISN’T SECURE ENOUGH FOR BUSINESS
According to Gartner, security concerns remain the most common reason for avoiding the use of public cloud services. However, only a small percentage of the security incidents impacting enterprises using the cloud have been due to vulnerabilities that were the provider's fault.
For businesses that need to comply with strict regulations, such as government or educational institutions – private and hybrid cloud solutions are options that should be considered. They provide an added level of security when compared with public cloud solutions.
FACT: THE CLOUD COMPUTING INDUSTRY IS GROWING
IDC predicts worldwide investments in the public cloud will reach $122.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 24.4% over 2016. What’s more IDC noted that growth rate is nearly seven times the rate of overall IT spending growth.
Undoubtedly, the cloud computing industry is growing – that is something that we can all agree on. The rate of growth is significant, as the benefits of moving to the Cloud are proving beneficial to millions of individuals and businesses already.
So, cloud services are already being used by millions…why not consider a cloud-based client portal solution to manage your important documentation and client conversations within your business?
Client portals are a type of cloud computing solution for businesses. Most commonly hosted within a public cloud, but also offered as a private and hybrid cloud. Businesses use client portals, such as Clinked, to organise their clients and data from with a secure and instantly accessible environment.
If you’re looking for your own client portal to share files and collaborate on projects with your team members and clients, then it’s worth considering Clinked. With Clinked, you can share multiple files, have real-time conversations and more; all from within a secure, branded environment. You can go to our website to find out more, and try our free 10-day trial today.