Tom Kell, Marco Cloud Solutions Specialist

The 5 biggest benefits of a cloud computing environment

Let these 5 benefits help you work through your decision-making process

By Tom Kell
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cloud computing is becoming commonplace in offices as companies look to boost the productivity of employees, enhance their accessibility and create a mobile-friendly environment. For most businesses, the decision to migrate to the cloud is an easy one. For others, the benefits and drawbacks need to be closely considered before a decision is made. Below are the five biggest benefits of cloud computing that may help as you work through your decision-making process.

#1: Save on Space

If you want to save on space around the office and more efficiently use the space you already have, cloud computing helps you reduce your physical footprint by freeing up valuable workspace that would otherwise be devoted to IT infrastructure. Rather than using an entire room to house servers and data centers, and clogging rooms and hallways with bulky cables, you can enjoy a much smaller IT footprint with wireless devices and limited servers on your premises.

#2: Reduce Capital Investments

Most companies look at cost when considering the move to cloud computing. This is perhaps the biggest benefit, depending on your point of view. Cloud computing does not require large upfront investments of capital resources to purchase servers, install cables/cords or buy software licenses. You pay a monthly usage fee to your cloud provider, and they take care of the costs associated with purchasing, operating and maintaining the infrastructure that supports your cloud-based activities.

#3: Easy Scalability

For businesses with seasonal changes in demand or difficult industries that experience significant ebbs and flows, cloud computing offers flexibility that on-site hardware simply cannot match. Instead of purchasing more servers, supporting more data storage and buying more software licenses to support growth in the business, you simply rent more storage space, acquire more bandwidth and increase access to software programs which are controlled by your cloud computing provider.

When seasonal dips in demand occur, you simply decrease the services you no longer need, and therefore pay less. As demand increases again or your organization grows, you can add access to accommodate more activity on your network and more employees working for the business.

#4: Better Resource Allocation

The costs associated with an in-house network aren't limited to the physical hardware and software licenses alone. Your entire IT department has its focus pulled away on a daily basis maintaining servers, solving connectivity issues, monitoring the network for potential threats (malware, viruses, etc.) and upgrading software programs. Rather than supporting all of that on-site equipment with a robust IT department, you can have a streamlined IT department that has the freedom to focus on strategic, core goals for the company. Meanwhile, your cloud services provider can be responsible for keeping your employees operating efficiently.

#5: Environmentally Efficient

Last but not least, your carbon footprint can be greatly decreased by migrating to cloud computing. When you maintain large server banks on-site, you pay to keep those rooms cool and help the servers avoid overheating.

Cloud providers have a much more efficient system in place to meet the network needs of businesses and provide reliable connectivity, while also minimizing the harmful side effects of power usage from servers.

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Tom Kell is the Cloud Solutions Specialist for Marco, a technology services company founded in 1973. Kell purchased his first IT company in 2001and has been designing, implementing and supporting IT services ever since. He came to Marco in October of 2014 when InCompass IT, a cloud based technology firm which he was the president of, merged with Marco to form Marco’s Cloud Services division. The first generation of these services dates back to 2005 making Marco’s cloud team a pioneer in the industry.