With cloud computing shaping the technological landscape, the most significant advancement of recent years has finally swept across SMBs who are adopting a range of cloud solutions, thereby lowering operational costs, enhancing scalability and improving disaster recovery.
The larger question faced by most SMBs in the age of cloud is, will virtualized storage help in meet the growing need of data storage or will SaaS lower costs and investment? In short, cloud computing not only playing a strategic role in the technological and service landscape, it is freeing IT environment of the constraints of limited workforce, high costs and maintenance woes.
Despite the perceived advantages of lower hardware and software costs and increased agility, one of the most hotly debated topics is security in cloud and lack of control over data. Most vendors offer ways to protect data, making sure it remains secure at all times. However, the benefits far offset the risks.
Here are ways how cloud impacts small businesses:
Reduced capital costs: There are plenty of financial benefits of adopting cloud. You minimize cost with reduced hardware (when you run your own server, you incur massive capital costs) and make a shift from capital to operational expenditure. Basically, it helps you focus on your core business.
Data Backup: Most SMBs that use cloud-based applications ensure they have a data-backup and recovery plan in place. Increasing cloud deployment has put a focus on data recovery and security. Thus, most vendors have put a Recovery as a Service strategy in place, wherein SMBs have to pay additional cost for recovery.
Mobility: Rethink your business strategy by going the mobile way. Now, you can lower operational cost and people costs by implementing mobility in the cloud, which doesn’t require any major investment. From mobile applications, unique mobile experiences that help in customer engagement to management of secure mobile devices and applications with Enterprise Mobility Management.
Data Storage: One of the most commonly cited services in cloud for SMBs is cloud storage, which reduces operational costs massively. The term cloud storage means storage that can be accessed anywhere in the internet. Mostly used by SMBs, cloud storage works by storing data in remote servers that can be accessed over internet any point of time. SMBs utilizing cloud storage receive automated updates from the vendors.
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