As organisations continue to grow and develop their digital transformation, the shift to a ‘pay for use’ model will continue to rise. Cloud services are becoming a key area of concern for organisations to enhance digital development.

Gartner has forecasted that this year alone in Australia spending on ICT will reach almost A$93 billion, an increase of 3.5% from 2018. Research Vice President at Gartner, John-David Lovelock has discussed the shift by organisations from ownership to the rise of a service model. The increasing popularity of cloud services is a primary example of this shift, where many organisations are opting for cloud solutions rather than choosing to buy their own servers to host data.

 “According to Gartner, 28 percent of spending within key enterprise IT markets globally will shift to the cloud by 2022, up from 19 percent in 2018.”

As the use of cloud services continues to rise, understanding the benefits and improved success it can bring your organisation is important.

What does the term ‘cloud computing’ mean?  

When we refer to ‘the cloud’ regarding technology or computing, we are discussing the internet. The term ‘cloud computing’ is an extension of this, identified as the sharing of resources, software and information through a network. An organisation’s information and data are stored on physical or virtual servers by a provider which can then be accessed by the user through an internet connection (ie, the cloud).

Organisations may decide to invest in ‘cloud computing’ as an extension of their digital transformation for numerous reasons. First, let’s identify the various cloud solution models.

What are cloud solution models?

Cloud solution models vary from private, public and hybrid models. A public cloud computing model is where IT services are delivered across the Internet and charges are based on the amount of space (‘computing resources’) that are used.

Private cloud is a specifically tailored service for an organisation that is located on-premise or operated by a third-party vendor off-site. This cloud solution is hosted on a private network and therefore not shared with other customers. A hybrid solution is a mix of both public and private cloud. This solution provides the security of the private cloud while also benefiting from the cost effectiveness of the public cloud.

What benefits does ‘the cloud’ pose for your organisation?

Cost Savings

One of the major reasons cloud solutions are becoming so popular is the economic benefit this service can offer organisations. Rather than having to purchase their own hardware, organisations are opting to pay a subscription fee to ensure all costs remain predictable.

A pay-as-you-go service model also ensures your organisation can grow with a cloud solution as you expand. Unnecessary expenses will no longer be needed as costs are kept specific to what is required at any given time.

Keep Updated with the Latest Technology

The world of digital transformation is forever changing, and as an organisation you can find yourself quickly becoming exhausted. By migrating some or all data to ‘the cloud’ an organisation is future proofing the loss of its data and improving information security measures.

Choosing a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for all your cloud computing needs ensures that there is an expert team behind this transition. Hiring a team that remain responsible for the latest developments of cloud technology will ensure your organisation are updated with the latest in technology.

Flexibility and Scalability

Having access to the cloud ensures the flexibility for staff to work anywhere, whether that be in the office or remotely. Stored data, resources and documents on the cloud provide the ease of access for any employee who has internet connection, with the ability to easily log into the system where needed.

The cloud also ensures teams can collaborate more effectively, with staff able to share documents and work from “anywhere” (ie; wherever they have access to a network).

Security

Don’t risk your organisations success in the event of lost data. Keeping important information and resources on the cloud provides a level of security in the event hardware and servers are damaged or disaster strikes your business. Ensure seamless business continuity with information that is kept on the cloud.

The cloud can provide significant advantages to your business, regardless of whether your organisation is big or small.

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