So many companies have moved their companydata to the cloud that it has become the new norm for backup systems. Clouds have been proven over time to be highly sustainable, safe and cost-effective, with added advantages that boost revenue and productivity. According to PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2016, 70% of respondents reported that they were using cloud based security.
Backing up company data to the cloud creates security against any disaster that may impact on-sitecompany data, such as physical destruction, cyber hacking, or a software virus. Moving to the cloud offers high recovery after such an adverse event.
The cloud downsizes cyber security costs. The cost accrued annually of managing and owning software can amount to four times the price of the initial purchase of the software. Seventy-five percent of a company’s IT budget is spent on just maintaining and running systems and infrastructure. This makes moving to the cloud an excellent option, especially for smaller and start-up companies. Larger companies may have a larger budget to secure all data but moving it onto a cloud saves a lot of money and hassle.
Along with saving costs, moving to an online cloud also eliminates the issue of space that typical hard drive backup systems take. More offices, anyone? Scaling down on physical hard drives might be costly but to scale down or to grow with a cloud, is quite effortless.
Using a cloud has completely changed the limitations of computing – from the limited capacity of local servers or personal hardware to unlimited power of the cloud.
Time is also saved when new data centres need to be created. Comparing physical to cloud-based, cloud based data centre creation takes next to no time. This of course quickly feeds back into higher revenue when companies are able to use their time more productively.
Companies using cloud-based services also have the massive advantage of being able to offer flexible working hours to their employees since company data can be accessed from anywhere. This is a perkwhich allows employees to more effectively plan their own schedules, thereby boosting employee wellness and productivity.
Software updatesto the cloud happen automatically off site, and do not involve the users directly. This also saves time for the users.
Continuous replicationsynchronizes the cloud data as it is updated at the source, allowing full peace of mind. If there ever is a security threat to an organization’s data, it would not be a problem to wipe, hide, or lock data quickly compared to data that is stored onto local hardware.
Continuous replication also allows for collaboration that is more suited to modern times. Employees are able to view documents at the same time while sitting in different locations, and documents can be edited in real time by anyone with the privilege. This is especially valuable in companies that require a group to work on a single project.
Finally, cloud updates often do not require frustrating system reboots to be updated, whereas the more tedious hardware backup systems do.