Cloud computing is a concept that is dominating the IT services industry this year. And while it isn’t a new concept, it is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about trends of 2021. One factor is the accelerated growth in cloud computing demand due to the global pandemic. More employees than ever are working at home, and those demands are pushing employers to move their critical business applications to the cloud.
There are also several benefits cloud computing offers businesses of every size.
According to a recent report by Gartner:
“Cloud computing promises that customers will gain advantages from several key propositions, for example by shifting the responsibility and work of running hardware and software infrastructure to cloud providers, leveraging the economics of cloud elasticity, benefiting from the pace of innovation in sync with public cloud providers, and more,” David Smith, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner.
Managed service providers (MSPs) need to embrace the rapid growth in cloud computing demand by offering a diverse selection of cloud computing services to meet their client needs. Understanding the different benefits cloud computing offers will help you select and sell cloud services and increase your revenue growth.
If you have ever tried to connect a remote employee to an on-premise network, you know the hoops you have to jump through to find a path through the network firewall. The process can be accomplished through VPNs and custom APIs, but the solution doesn’t always work well, and it is difficult to scale. Cloud computing allows employees to access business applications through an internet browser and remove the barriers of on-premise computing. In some instances, companies are not comfortable putting all of their sensitive customer data on the cloud, so many cloud providers offer hybrid that combines cloud with on-premise solutions.
Cloud services also provide your business clients with the ability to change and scale their IT operations without making large, upfront investments in hardware and IT resources. In fact, most cloud computing services allow you to scale up and down as needed. Employees will benefit by more easily accessing and sharing data.
There is a common misconception that cloud computing is not as secure as on-premise computing. On-premise proponents argue networks are more secure in an on-premise environment due to physical security, networking hardware and local IT staff monitoring locations. In reality, cybersecurity attacks compromise on-premise installations more often than cloud installations. That’s because the large cloud providers invest millions of dollars in security measures and have large staffs of security analysts to protect their client’s cloud computing installations. One of the best cloud computing features is the ability to conduct on-demand data backups, which protect data and applications from cybersecurity and other threats to business operations.
Cloud computing offers businesses the option of paying for computing costs on a monthly subscription basis rather than purchasing hardware in advance to protect against growth and scalability issues. These savings can be invested in different areas of your business such as hiring new employees, testing new software solutions or refreshing your office space.
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