Advantages of using cloud computing

Cloud computing is disrupting the data storage market. It has become a widely adopted method for storing data, both for companies and private use. Here’s an overview of a couple key advantages of using cloud computing.

By Kristian Male

Published on March 14, 2018

Access to data anywhere, anytime

The world is shrinking, and many have adopted the digital nomad “way of life”. This wouldn’t be possible for those who work with others without the use of cloud computing. 

It’s an endless amount of cloud services that help you stay in touch with others, or get access to data. Services like Slack and Skype creates chat and video call services, HubSpot and Buffer makes marketers work on campaigns, while Stripe and Shopify can help you keep track of payments from customers or work on your online shops.

All these examples of services are cloud-based, more specifically SaaS services under the public cloud category.

Easy to share and collaborate

Collaboration and sharing of information are two key advantages of using cloud computing. New and innovative cloud services have helped create an streamless flow of information between coworkers, friends or families.

Sharing information can now be done with just a click of a button. There’s no manual hand-out of flash drives or disks anymore. That’s a thing of the past.

Just as sharing has evolved, collaboration has followed closely after. It has evolved from an everlasting sharing process of multiple file editions shared through emails to real-time collaboration, where you can sit and watch as someone else edits a piece of data from somewhere else. Dropbox and Google Drive are great examples of how cloud storage services have disrupted the way we collaborate and share files. Our very own little service, Correlate, lets you share bookmarks and collaborate on bookmarking files from your cloud services or from any website.

Outsource security to experts

Cloud security is a discussion that might go on forever, and there will always be doubters out there. It’s understandable that it’s scary to store sensitive information remotely. You might feel a little powerless and have less control over your own life. Others look at security as one of the biggest advantages of using cloud computing

Google and Dropbox didn’t become the big shots they are today by not having a high focus on security. If they were known for suffering from frequent hacking attempts, their users would have jumped ship a long time ago.

Focus more resources on core business

With the incredible large cloud computing market out there, your chances to find a service that will exchange some insanely expensive software you’re using in-house is big. The upkeep of such in-house softwares needs maintenance that taps your resources in a number of different ways.

Cloud service providers have a different core business than you might have. A great thing is that their core business is to create something that will support your own core business.

So instead of using a huge amount of money and time on something that doesn’t bring food to your table, outsource the storage upkeep to a cloud service provider.

Overall: reduce costs

All the advantages of using cloud computing mentioned above will lead to a noticeably lower cost, with the last one probably being the biggest difference maker.

Another way it drives down cost is that many providers often charge you based on demand. This means you only rent storage space for what you actually need. An example would be Intercom: They sell their products with a starting price and increase the price every time you hit a new milestone of contacts registered on their platform.

Keep in mind that the cloud isn’t for everyone. If you don’t need the flexibility and feel that security is something that shouldn’t be outsourced, it might not be the best solution.

Hybrid cloud can be a real game-changer for many organizations. Use the public cloud for operations that need flexibility. The private cloud can maintain the more sensitive data and operations that are absolute critical for your business.

You could run core business on private cloud and keep supporting actors on more scalable and flexible public clouds.

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