It's the new big thing: Hosting a software application or service on remote servers over the internet (instead of a local server or personal computer). The process allows you to access the software from anywhere with an internet connection, rather than being restricted to a single physical location.
If the tech jargon doesn't convince you to move to the cloud, maybe these benefits will! Read on for 6 excellent reasons you should move your company's software to the cloud.
This article has been updated in 2024 for current relevance.
“Carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.” - Steve Jobs
The cloud allows businesses to easily increase/decrease the amount of resources they use, depending on their needs. Want to try out a new extension? It no longer takes a CD download (or 2 or 3!) to install something new.
It allows you to be proactive: If cloud computing works well for your company, you can later expand or shrink your software's contents much quicker and efficiently!
Software in the cloud can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, making it easier for remote employees or geographically-dispersed teams to collaborate.
BearPeak Technology Group' is a Colorado-based consultancy, but our remote software developers come from all over, and all of them can work on your software via the cloud. You can hire engineers whenever you need them, and they don't have to commute to your office.
No flash drives, floppy disks, or loooong file downloads anymore!
3. Save $
Cloud computing eliminates the need for expensive on-premise hardware. This includes reducing the costs associated with maintaining a physical infrastructure.
You no longer have to buy the next-gen computer or newest specialty machine to stay up-to-date!
4. Improved Security
Cloud service providers have the resources and expertise to provide robust security measures, such as data backup and disaster recovery, that may be beyond the reach of many businesses.
No matter what's happening in your home office, from construction to a natural disaster, you don't have to be at risk of losing your software if it's in the cloud instead.
5. Increased Reliability
Cloud service providers have multiple servers and data centers, so if one fails, the system can be redirected to another. This minimizes downtime and reduces the risk of data loss.
6. Automated Software Updates
Cloud service providers are responsible for maintaining and updating the software, which means that businesses no longer have to worry about manually updating software or installing security patches. This saves time and reduces the risk of technical issues that can arise from manual updates.
So... How Do You Move to the Cloud?
To move software to the cloud, your business needs to choose a cloud service provider. You'll also need to determine the right cloud deployment model (public, private, or hybrid) for your specific needs. Finally, you'll need to consider the security and privacy implications of storing data in the cloud, and take steps to ensure that your data is protected.
If this doesn't sound like your field of expertise, hire someone who can help! Software consultancies like BearPeak Technology Group have expert developers for hire who can move your software to the cloud for you. Check us out! We offer free consultations.
Moving software to the cloud offers numerous benefits to businesses of all sizes. With the right planning and preparation, businesses can reap the benefits of cloud computing and improve their competitiveness in today's rapidly-evolving technology landscape.