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With falling prices for cloud-based services, now is the time to reach for the cloud.

If you’re still on the fence about cloud computing, then we’ve compiled 9 reasons why it could be one of the best decisions you make this year:

Cloud computing describes the practices of hosting, managing and processing data over the internet rather than locally on a server or computer. It is a service that allows you to access you all your information from anywhere with an internet connection and handles everything from storage and security to software and processing.

Without the necessary information, it’s forgivable that you may not want to relinquish control of so much over to a vendor and it takes a lot of faith and trust to fully embrace cloud technology. It’s certainly worth noting however, and will hopefully serve as some kind of reassurance, that the cloud services industry has been steadily experiencing 50% year on year growth and is rapidly becoming the standard for business operations worldwide.

Ready to move to cloud 9?

If you’re still on the fence about cloud computing, then we’ve compiled 9 reasons why it could be one of the best decisions you make this year:

1. Flexibility

65% of respondents to an InformationWeek survey said “the ability to quickly meet business demands” was an important reason to move to cloud computing.

Being able to access all of your information from any device with an internet connection is incredibly useful and a core benefit of using cloud technology.

2. Staying up to date

All cloud software and server hardware is kept up to date via automatic updates handled by the vendor, meaning you’ll never fall behind and get held back by legacy server technology.

3. Save on power costs

Not having to run a server is naturally going to cut your utility costs and can represent significant savings for your business. Vendors will charge you less for utility costs due to them receiving economies of scale.

4. Save on staffing

Having everything running in the cloud means there's no need for such a large IT and tech support department, saving on staffing costs. Part of the vendor fees go into paying their employees but they will be minimal compared to the costs of hiring full-time employees.

5. No upfront expenditure

As most cloud services use a pay-as-you-go model there are no large, initial capital expenditures that are associated with purchasing new hardware such as servers.

6. Predictable budgets

As cloud computing can be implemented much quicker than installing your own infrastructure and everything is handled by the vendor, budgeting becomes much easier. Your monthly pay-as-you-go costs are all you have to worry about.

In fact, a survey by Frost & Sullivan found that companies which invested in collaboration technology had a 400% return on investment.

7. Better security in less time

In 2010, UK companies spent 18 working days per month managing on-site security alone. With cloud computing, security is mainly handled by your vendor, freeing up your time for more productive activities.

Storing information can also be handled reliably by the cloud eliminating the need for spacious backups, it also means that you can access your data securely anywhere and from any device that has an internet connection.

8. Top Class Competitiveness

SMEs can enjoy enterprise-class technology, allowing them to act faster and be more agile than their competitors. Freeing yourself from the shackles of legacy technology also allows for easier innovation.

9. Uninhibited Growth

With all your information stored in the cloud, mergers and acquisitions become a lot smoother and happen much more quickly as important systems, logins and documents can be quickly, easily and securely accessed by new end users from anywhere in the world.

Still worried about security?

The cloud offers multiple benefits that every business could make use of but a major cause of concern for companies looking to adopt cloud computing is still the issue of cyber security.
So is it secure? If you need any convincing as to the security of cloud computing Microsoft’s Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and Google Director of Security for Google Apps Eran Feigenbaum (two of the biggest names in Internet Security) stated at the 2014 RSA conference in San Francisco that we are now at the stage where the cloud is secure enough to store both public and sensitive data.

Embracing innovation and digital technologies is crucial for the long term sustainability of the modern enterprise organization. Moving your data to the cloud is an important step in becoming, digital, efficient, and agile as we continue into the frontier of new business.

If you need to find the right cloud services provider for your organization, you can find it on blur’s global services Marketplace. With over 63,000 Service Providers to choose from, all fully vetted, it’s the smart, safe option.

Blog supplied by Darren Howard, Content Editor with blur Group.

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