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Cloud Computing in Business – Benefits, Risks and Potential

 

The world of business is always the first to adopt new technologies and the reasons for this are very simple. Technologies can improve efficacy, they can reduce waste of resources and they can also lead to better involvement from customers and potential customers.

Because of all of this, business users have also been among the first to notice the potential of cloud computing and how it can improve their operation. Today, we will be talking about the beneficial effects cloud computing can have on a company that adopts it, but also about the potential risk and future results that such a company can expect.

Benefits of Cloud Computing In Business

One of the main benefits that cloud computing can hold for business users is the increased efficiency within the company. Thanks to cloud solutions, employees are able to collaborate on various projects regardless of their location or workhours. They can also better share their work, notice potential obstacles and overcome them jointly.

In addition to this, cloud technology makes a company more flexible as they can scale up their operation without replacing their entire IT infrastructure once their business expands. Conversely, it also allows the company to scale down if they hit a rough patch. Furthermore, cloud technology allows for easier disaster recovery, as the company data is not located in a single physical location that has been compromised by the said disaster.

Moving a company’s IT needs to the cloud is also much cheaper than having to buy or rent expensive server configurations and IT teams within the company. It also allows smaller businesses to gain access to cutting-edge technologies without spending copious amounts of money. You might say that cloud computing is the great equalizer, making smaller businesses much more competitive than ever before.

The Risks of Cloud Computing in Business

Unfortunately, cloud computing also comes with a number of risks that can dissuade some business users to switching to the cloud.

The most prominent of these and also one that is most talked about is the security of cloud computing and how it relates to the security of the data a certain company would keep in the cloud. The fear that some business users feel in relation to the cloud is perfectly understandable. They feel like they cannot trust something that is kept in a number of servers worldwide, especially after all the frightening stories about large companies whose cloud storage solutions have been hacked.

In reality, however, the situation is much better and most experts actually agree that data is often much safer in the cloud than it is on actually physical devices such as employees’ laptops or mobile devices. It should also be pointed out that security in the world of cloud computing is something that is improved on daily basis. One of the fastest-growing cloud storage services, pCloud, employs client-side encryption which provides up to this point unsurpassed security. Other cloud service providers are moving in the same direction.

The Future of Cloud Computing in Business

All being said and done, it is difficult to imagine a future where cloud computing will not be an integral part of business. The benefits are just too many and too great for a few wrinkles (that can be easily ironed out) to compromise cloud’s future in the world of business.

We also need to consider the fact that cloud computing will only improve in the future, both when it comes to the security aspect, but also when it comes to the usefulness of such systems in business environment.

To put things as simple as possible, cloud will definitely be an essential part of the world business, sooner rather than later.

 

 

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