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Why is cloud computing for business so important?

Cloud computing for business is a critical part of any modern disaster recovery plan, and makes the day-to-day running of your business more efficient and mobile. 

As one of the leading cloud computing providers in London, Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex, Essex and Surrey, Opus I.T. Has a package that will give you all the benefits of business cloud computing.It’s because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits.

Greater Flexibility

With cloud services at their fingertips, employees can work from almost any location. They can access important files, data, documents and IT tools from a range of devices from almost any connected location. Providing they have the required bandwidth, it is possible to work online, replicating the office environment and ensuring employees can work as productively as possible. 

Reduced Costs

The ability to source IT services on-demand - as and when they are required - allows businesses to move to an investment model based on operational expenditure. No longer are they required to commit to large-scale capital projects, spending thousands on servers and software licences which may only have a limited lifespan. When businesses source IT services in the cloud, it is the vendor that takes responsibility for the majority of the infrastructure. Businesses simply become consumers of IT services rather than the owners of the hardware.

Business Continuity Provision

An associated benefit of remote working capability is the fact that, in the event of a disaster, the continuity of operations should never be in doubt. Should there be a fire, flood, theft, technology outage, or snow and ice prevent people from making it into the office, they have the option of working from a different location. Employees can simply log on as normal, access their work desktop, and continue as they would have done on any normal working day. All documents, files and data are hosted in the cloud, meaning they are accessible from almost any system, providing the user has the necessary access codes. 

Improved IT Security

In the early days of the cloud, concerns over the security of data hosted off-site were seen as a notable inhibitor to service adoption. However, as cloud computing has matured, and businesspeople have gained more of an understanding as to how it works, many of these fears have been allayed.

Rather than weakening IT security, there is a case for saying that cloud computing improves companies' defences. This is because of the huge amount of money cloud providers spend on securing their data centre infrastructure, and keeping their customers' data safe. Vendors benefit from economies of scale - they can afford to invest in the latest solutions and preventative approaches, whereas relatively few individual businesses can to the same degree.

Automatic Cloud Computing Software Updates

In 2010, UK companies spent 18 working days per month managing on-site security alone. But cloud computing suppliers do the server maintenance – including security updates –themselves, freeing up their customers’ time and resources for other tasks.

Improved Collaboration

Many of the benefits of cloud computing offer collaboration services out of the box. All documents and apps are shared simultaneously to everyone, and the data is automatically synched up and saved everywhere you do business. Another of the many benefits of cloud computing notifies you when any changes are made. Productivity increases come naturally giving you up to 400% returns on your investments. 

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