Cloud services for small business

Cloud services surround us almost everywhere. They become something usual and habitual. We use them at home pushing “play” button on TV that shows video from the laptop, we use them at work sharing the presentation with our team. We are used to them and don’t notice them.

Computing as a service has started its way from the IT area and then spread everywhere. Talking about modern business, especially in IT, we always talk about cloud computing. Why is it so popular? Does your business need it and what benefits can cloud computing bring you? Today we’ll discuss all these questions.

Benefits of cloud computing

Small business in IT is usually a startup. Startups have some common features and challenges. The very first challenge is a limited budget. People with great ideas should limit their imagination and accomplish the idea with resources available for them. Of course, you need a roadmap, strategy and goals. But all your actions at the first steps will be directed at finding the investors and saving the money you have for the next steps. Cloud computing can help a lot with it because of the next points:

  1. Cost-efficiency. Money isn’t the main hurdle but is a very important part of the small business and startup. So, the more efficiently you use them, the better the profit you receive. Cloud computing can make your life easier because it helps reduce costs. You shouldn’t buy expensive powerful hardware and maintain it, you can just rent the necessary resources and capacity and use it in your project.
  2. Scalability. The common feature of startups is scaling. The growing business is almost a living organism that consumes resources and grows. The more you grow, the more capacity you need. Cloud computing allows you to increase and lower capacity in the way you need without any overpayment. It is just as utilities – you pay only for what you use and you can use more or less anytime.
  3. Security and reliability. Cloud computing provides a high level of security and disaster recovery. Of course, if you have on-prem equipment you have the backups too, maybe you have an additional server with all the backups and you don’t live in the seismic area, so any earthquake won’t bother you and neighbors from upper floor won’t make a flood, but in the cloud your project will be safer. Also, you’ll save from leaks of data because of data encryption.

These are common points, the whole list is bigger. But you already can understand how beneficial cloud computing is. Also, you’ll have access to the newest versions on different cloud software you can use for accomplishing your product. Usually, it is open-source or more cost-efficient than on-prem versions.

How to implement cloud services?

There are two common ways of implementing it. You can do it yourself using the FAQs and guides from the cloud provider or hire the dedicated team that will make cloud transformation for you. You might think the first variant is better because of expenses but the second can be more cost-efficient, especially if your business already works and your product is in the market.

Knowledge and expertise of a dedicated team will save you time and money. They will make the right decisions from scratch while your own solutions might need additional work (time and resources). Such teams know best practices and can implement them in your project as soon as possible.

As a result, you’ll have a working system in the cloud without losing time and money.

Wrapping up, don’t be afraid of delegating some parts of your business to third-party professionals even if you are just a startup. Cloud computing is a great decision for your company regardless of size and area.