Every day, more and more businesses adopt cloud solutions into their infrastructure. Whether they implement a few cloud-based applications or deploy a full-fledged cloud environment, companies are introducing cloud technology into their operations at a feverish rate. At Solutions Review, we talk a lot about how large-scale enterprises can take advantage of the cloud. However, a small business should also consider the benefits that cloud solutions can bring them.
There are a countless number of cloud solutions currently on the market, and the amount of tasks that can be accomplished in the cloud is increasing all the time. If your small business is considering making the move to the cloud, it should have an understanding of what solutions are best suited for their needs. Below, we’ve outlined some of the ways small businesses can take advantage of what cloud computing has to offer.
Small business cloud data storage
Data storage is one of the most common uses for the cloud for both personal and business uses. Having a place to store your company’s data that can be accessed from anywhere is a convenient option for small businesses. Cloud data storage is typically more cost-effective than running data storage solutions on-premise.
Building and maintaining physical storage servers can be expensive, especially if you have a large amount unused storage space. With a public cloud storage solution, you don’t have to worry about maintaining the physical infrastructure. Private cloud storage might require on-site hardware, but you’ll still be able to access your data from anywhere in your company.
Pay-as-you-use cloud pricing
One of the biggest benefits of the cloud, specifically public cloud, is that cloud providers typically offer a pay-as-you-use pricing model for their services. This means that you only pay for the cloud resources you use rather than paying a fixed rate for a set amount of resources. A small business needs to cut unnecessary spending wherever possible. Optimizing your company’s resource cost by only spending money on assets you use is the perfect way to keep expenses down.
Centralizing small business solutions with the cloud
Depending on your business needs, it may be possible for your small company to implement a series of cloud solutions that satisfy most (if not all) of your mission-critical tasks. Public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, offer a wide variety of services under the same cloud marketplace. By integrating a number of these solutions into your small business infrastructure, you can centralize your IT operations in the cloud.
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