Keeping up with the latest and greatest technology is nothing new for any progressive society. In fact, in a Mordor Intelligence report, due to the growing adoption of advanced technologies, North America is expected to be a prominent market, such as Cloud, IoT, Big Data, and High-end cloud computing. The growing need for storage, owing to the high adoption of such technologies, drives the market’s growth in the region. COVID-19 challenged modern global markets to think outside the box when it came to working remote, adopting new technology to keep life going, and keeping people safe. Adopting new technology means more data consumption which leads to the question, “where is all this data being stored and how is it being managed?”
What is The Cloud?
“Cloud is about how you do computing, not where you do computing.” – Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware
Enter the ambiguous, white, puffy, cloud that most everyone talks but not everyone knows exactly what it is. Spoiler alert: it’s not a white, puffy mass of condensed water in the sky. In today’s business ecosystem, 90% of companies are on the public cloud. The cloud is essentially a way to either store or manage data, run applications, or deliver content or a service such as social media, email, or stream videos. The cloud isn’t one server but a network of servers around the world, each with their own job to perform. Facebook, Uber, and iPhone photo syncing software all use the cloud. Here are more IT terms explained on the Elemental Technology Solutions blog.
Something that may surprise even the most cloud-comfortable user, the cloud has been around since the 1990s. According to Time, “One of the earliest companies to use the cloud was ADP Payroll Services, the company that probably cuts your paycheck. Back in the 1990s, this firm signed up tons of companies to take the recurring task of cutting checks out of businesses’ hands and automated it using the web. It was one of the earliest instances of the web existing for a dynamic service, rather than as a static webpage. And now, especially if you get direct deposit, we can’t imagine life without it.”
What are Cloud Services?
If a business needs an easy, scalable way to access their resources on their cloud or help migrating their business to the cloud, cloud services is an excellent option to consider. Many businesses are already on the cloud but need a better way to manage online data storage and backup solutions, web-based e-mail services, document collaboration services, database processing, managed technical support services, and hosted office suites. Honestly, it sounds like a full-time job!
A business could hire and train an IT professional to do this for them. However, many businesses can’t spare the additional expense or would rather spend those funds in their budget elsewhere. Cloud services offer another option for businesses looking for a better way to manage or move to the cloud in a strategic way.
What are the benefits to cloud services?
- It grows with the business
Over time, a business may need cloud storage or bandwidth due to restructuring, growth, or adding equipment. Easily scale up or down by adding more or reducing cloud capacity. The ability to add seats or remove to a subscription is important when seeking out a cloud services provider.
- Cost Effective
Only pay for the data that is used or stored on your cloud. This allows businesses of any size to save big on capital costs and avoid any flat rate servicing.
- Increased Data Security
From disaster management to more secure file sharing, cloud computing is far more superior than in-house infrastructure alone.RapidScale reports that 94% of businesses saw an improvement in security after switching to the cloud, and 91% said the cloud makes it easier to meet government compliance requirements.
With all the capabilities of an on-premise server and IT staff, cloud based services are a way to avoid continuously updating or upgrading hardware and/or software. As part of the service, that will be handled for the business at a fraction of the cost of an in-house professional’s salary. (with the added benefit of not having to train any new hires!)
- Improved Workflow
A business utilizing cloud services vs. a business using an in-house infrastructure will naturally be more efficient as a team. Cloud services help a business deploy new technology faster without any learning curves or long implementation times. Enhanced collaboration tools will help strengthen a team environment, allow teammates to focus more on daily work tasks, and less on technology blunders.
- Businesses Aren’t Left Alone to Figure It Out
Any business can sign up for remote storage for data, but it takes strategy, efficiency, and training to ensure that all the resources are in place for the data to be managed securely within the cloud. With Cloud services, a business unlocks capabilities for scalability, accessibility, and collaboration while only playing for the storage the business needs.
Save Time & Sanity with Elemental Technology Solutions Cloud Services
Leave your competitors who rely on in-house IT resources in the dust and move at the pace your business deserves to in this tech-focused world! At Elemental Technology Solutions, we specialize in complete cloud IT support. Our cloud solutions derive from a deep bench of talented information technology professionals with experience in cyber security, software engineering, system analysis, business analysis, networking engineering, and system architecture.
We have years of experience and provide a single point of contact for all your IT needs. We also work with a variety of industry players to further enhance our information technology capabilities to ensure we meet your cloud computing needs.
We know that your company is looking for clear affordable pricing for well-defined managed cloud services combined with reliable 24/7/365 support! Speaking of cost savings, a recent Forbes article highlighted Samsung’s move to the cloud and noted the company’s 44% reduction in monthly database costs. We can help you save valuable time, money, and hours out of your day with cloud services.