4. It saves time and money on setup and ongoing maintenance
Opting for on premise rather than Cloud hosting, requires an IT team to set up the hardware, network infrastructure, environment and applications. Following that, there are continuous upgrades, ongoing maintenance and the team of staff to keep the system going 24/7 which can become costly and time-consuming. By choosing Cloud, you have access to the resources of your Cloud provider in order to maintain your software and receive automatic upgrades so that you will always have the latest available versions. This means that you will be able to take advantage of new technologies as they become available such as 5G telephony, Artificial Intelligence and collaboration tools such as Office Delve™.
5. Low upfront costs and predictable spending
Cloud is available on monthly or annual packages and you can also pay for applications in this way. Choosing this option lowers the cost for the initial setup as the computing resources are leased by the month rather than being purchased outright and maintained on premise. This service ensures that you remain on the most up-to-date version of the software you are running and can be upgraded automatically. It also removes the need for additional hardware and data servers, reduces IT support requirements and on site maintenance, which decreases overall operating costs. This, along with the flexibility of subscription plans and licencing, avoids most upfront usage costs, eliminates paying upfront for application software licenses and shrinks the cost of maintaining and supporting your chosen business applications.
6. Disaster Recovery and security for your valuable data
Data can be stored in the cloud in an encrypted form, providing secure access only to authorised users at specified times. There are many other security measures available depending on the Cloud provider. You no longer need a separate contract for Disaster Recovery. Cloud Providers have hundreds of servers in many different data centres in many different locations. Your data can be replicated in several different data centres, therefore in the case of a problem at your regular data centre, your operation can automatically be switched to an alternative, even without you knowing.