Reasons for SMBs to Opt for Cloud Computing

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Small to Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs, also referred to as SMEs) have received exceptional access to technology advancements from shared computing services. There has been a possible inherence in IT (Information Technology) and the potential impacts are turning out to be more pronounced. Technology not only enhances efficiencies, but also controls the basic modifications in the business models as such.

However, getting technology to function for a specific business has conventionally been tough, calling for considerable skills, efforts, and expenses. 

On the other hand, cloud permits access to technology without the need to worry about deployment, operation, maintenance, and investment. So, businesses can concentrate on the deliveries of technology instead of delivering technology, and here’s how cloud can benefit the SMBs:

Speed

Cloud decreases the time needed to establish services, thus facilitating availability of applications for SMBs. It also frees businesses of immense efforts needed for upgrading to the newer editions. System upgrades and patches normally occur in the backdrop, while reducing the user impact to minimum. 

Performance and Support

A majority of the cloud providers have specific standards for performance, reliability, and availability. On the contrary, IT setup and infrastructure at most of the SMBs are hard to handle.

Many providers provide service level agreements, which may incorporate parameters like host failure, data centre uptime, availability, performance, and migration. 

Smarter Choice

The utter ease with which it’s possible for businesses to research, evaluate and choose several cloud choices is amazing. Be it accounting, messaging, CRM, collaboration or any other application, there are several options for businesses.

When compared to the conventional on-premises methods, cloud is capable of offering this at relatively lower costs. 

Access

SMBs require access to their data and apps 24x7 irrespective of device or location, which is the reason that businesses depend on their phones, tablets or other mobile devices. Cloud apps are accessibly 24/7, but the increasing democratization and consumerization of online access are pushing cloud app providers to be more available. So, cloud apps are more likely to be accessible for a range of operating systems and devices. 

Security

Cloud apps are secure provided that they have to be monitored and maintained on a continuous basis, which needs expertise. In the same way, problems like network or power outages, hardware failure and simple human mistakes are better dealt with when dedicated cloud providers get together skills, scale, and investments. Furthermore, reputed cloud app providers have significantly invested in conformity to best operational practices, security standards and infrastructure redundancies. 

Cost-Efficiency

The greatest advantage for SMBs in adopting cloud would be the potential cost savings, which accumulate mainly as the charges or cloud services depend on usage.

This helps in saving costs associated with over-capacity or idle resources. Moreover, it can be more cost-effective for SMBs since cloud includes mainly Op-ex than Cap-ex.  The cloud’s on-demand nature implies that businesses do not have to bear the unnecessary cost of computing resources. And, there are many new wonderful cloud initiatives that are likely to bring about a bigger transformation in 2015.

While there are many compelling reasons for SMBs to adopt cloud, there are some flip sides as well, which need to be duly taken care of. However, in a nutshell, with the precise expertise and assistance for adoption, SMBs can gain quite a lot by leveraging the cloud advantage.