What is in the cloud?

Simply put, the cloud is the Internet—more specifically, it’s all the things you can access remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it’s stored on Internet servers instead of your computer’s hard drive.

Cloud computing allows you to rent instead of buy your IT. Rather than investing heavily in databases, software, and hardware, companies opt to access their compute power via the internet, or the cloud, and pay for it as they use it.

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Why going for cloud is the best decision for your business?

1.  Cost Efficient
Moving to the cloud saves the upfront cost of purchasing, managing, and upgrading the IT systems. Thus, using cloud model converts capital expenditure to operational expenditure. Using one-time-payment, ‘pay as you go’ model and other customised packages, organisations can significantly lower their IT costs.

2.  Storage space
Businesses will no longer require file storage, data backup and software programs which take up most of the space as most of the data would be stored in remote cloud servers. Not only cloud frees in-house space but also provides unlimited space in the cloud.

3.  Fault Resilient
While using own servers, you need to buy more hardware than you need in case of failure. In extreme cases, you need to duplicate everything. Moving to cloud eliminates redundancy and susceptibility to outages. Thus, migrating to cloud not only adds reliability to the systems but also keeps information highly available.

4.  Scalability
Using cloud computing, businesses can easily expand existing computing resources. For start-ups and growing enterprises, being able to optimise resources from the cloud enables them to escape the large one-off payments of hardware and software, making operational costs minimal.

5.  Lean Management
With cloud, businesses can perform their processes more efficiently. Cloud migration leads existing workforce to focus on their core task of monitoring the infrastructure and improving them. Thus, cloud computing leads to lean management and drives profitability.

Cloud can enhance your business

Business continuity
Protecting your data and systems is an important part of business continuity planning.  Whether you experience a natural disaster, power failure or other crisis, having your data stored in the cloud ensures it is backed up and protected in a secure and safe location. Being able to access your data again quickly allows you to conduct business as usual, minimising any downtime and loss of productivity.

Collaboration efficiency
Collaboration in a cloud environment gives your business the ability to communicate and share more easily outside of the traditional methods. If you are working on a project across different locations, you could use cloud computing to give employees, contractors and third parties access to the same files. You could also choose a cloud computing model that makes it easy for you to share your records with your advisers (e.g. a quick and secure way to share accounting records with your accountant or financial adviser).

Flexibility of work practices
Cloud computing allows employees to be more flexible in their work practices. For example, you can access data from home, on holiday, or via the commute to and from work (providing you have an internet connection). If you need access to your data while you are off-site, you can connect to your virtual office, quickly and easily.

Cloud can connect your business processes

Business processes describe how work is done from beginning to end. They are a good way to describe how people are working together today, how they would like to work together ideally, and how their work will be shaped with the introduction of new cloud technology. With an integrated cloud solution, organisations are better equipped to manage and assess the costs and benefits of technology projects.

For organisations that struggle with disconnected business processes and data silos, the cloud offers a way to transform their business operations. With the cloud, there’s no need reinvent the process wheel. Complete cloud application suites are not modular but instead are connected, eliminating data silos, and enabling integration and intelligent business decisions.

Finding a cloud provider that provides all three layers of the cloud—in connected and unprecedented ways—is essential. Moreover, businesses need a complete, integrated platform with intelligent solutions at every layer.

Your first step to getting cloud

This first step you need to take to get Cloud is to contact Rito-Technologies so they can assess your business needs and make a professional recommendation.

Be more productive in your workplace through Information Technology (IT) and grow your business. Rito-Technologies is an IT business partner that maximises business output through technology. They enable their clients to be SMART with their IT Strategic Planning and cloud solutions, which is guaranteed to increase your business performance and ROI.

For more information about our IT Strategic Planning, request a free assessment today or get in touch with us at info@rito-tech.co.za or call us on 010 213 7016 and we will gladly assist you.

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