Why the cloud is better than personal data centres

Written by Lauren Lovett

The cloud has seen an unprecedented rise in adoption in the UK. With more than 88 percent of businesses moving part or all of their infrastructure to the cloud, it has never been easier to grow your business from anywhere in the world.

There are huge benefits to cloud adoption. Not only is it cost effective, but it also offers flexibility and efficiency. Here’s why the cloud is better than personal data centres.

The cloud as a cost saving tool

An on-premises data centre is a server, or a collection of servers, that you purchase and keep on-site to serve your data storage needs. This means that you must purchase server hardware along with networking hardware. Inevitably, this equipment will age and need replacing. This equipment will also need configuring, maintaining and securing. On-premise servers, then, can quickly become expensive.

In the cloud, however, you’re storing your data on someone else’s hardware and infrastructure, which means you’re effectively ‘renting’ space. Because you aren’t paying any upfront costs, your saving is immediate. Cloud vendors also adopt a per-user subscription model, meaning you only pay for what you need.

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Flexibility and resourcefulness

Servers require a physical location. On-boarding new employees requires an IT department. Scaling requires more space in your data centre. There aren’t many options or resources readily available to make your life easier when it comes to building, managing and growing a business. In fact, scaling quickly whilst remaining efficient is almost out of the question.

Hiring talent and building an exceptional organisation need no longer be confined to the geographical location of your office. The burden of paying out for commercial spaces, equipment and maintenance fees for hardware is a thing of the past.

Instead, by deploying the cloud and the various online applications now readily available to businesses, you can set up your employees from remote locations and ensure they have everything they need to do an effective job. With the likes of Turbine, you can manage your business and employees efficiently and automate a lot of the tasks that drain your time.

Remote working with the cloud

Data centres, by their very nature, aren’t well known for their ease of accessibility for remote and flexible workers. Whilst it's possible to offer remote working to your organisation, the set-up, planning and execution can be costly and time consuming.

Being a flexible business that offers remote working opportunities to your employees is having a huge impact on the economy in the UK. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) revealed that a ‘work from anywhere’ culture could add an extra £11.5bn per year to the UK. It also means you can build a workforce who have a better work/life balance, and therefore a stronger commitment to the work they are doing.

With cloud applications available such as Office 365, Yammer and Microsoft Teams, your workforce can collaborate and engage as if they were in a physical office. But this time they can do so on their own terms.

Adopting the cloud for better business practice

Whether you choose a hybrid cloud approach or you move your entire business to the cloud, making the decision to transition enhances your business offering. It will enable you to grow faster and more efficiently.

To support this growth, then, consider deploying an all-in-one office in a backpack and automation tool. Get in touch with the team today to see how we can help your business grow without the added paperwork.

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