Cloud services have become more and more useful to businesses as technology has advanced. Today, the cloud isn’t just a place to keep your data: It’s a place to share resources, utilize software and more.
With a solution to meet the needs of an array of business models, the cloud has helped organizations not only grow but also maximize their returns and survive in a growing competitive climate. This is especially true in manufacturing, where the cloud has provided an array of surprising benefits.
Even though the advantages of using the cloud seem pretty obvious, there are still businesses out there who haven’t made the leap. If you haven’t fully transitioned to cloud computing yet, perhaps some of these advantages will help convince you that it’s a move you need to make sooner rather than later.
Cloud servers are much less costly than maintaining your own data center or server farm. This reduces the need to purchase hardware, repair servers, employ people to perform maintenance, and much more. Cloud servers can reduce all of these costs, especially since you pay for only what you need. When you need to scale up, you can do so without any fear of purchasing unnecessary, costly equipment. When you need to scale back down, you can quickly do so without any waste.
Integrate Your Systems
Traditionally, applications were created in silos; each separated from other tools. Today, that’s no longer the case. More and more solutions are integrated with other applications to mitigate cross-system challenges and improve efficiency. Cloud servers provide the foundation for an integration platform and allow users to combine different services, including data storage and analysis, identity, infrastructure, management, and even information pulled from the IoT in manufacturing plants around the world.
Once all of these services come together, you’ll be able to get a better picture of your business, monitor the status of production in real-time, and much more. When sharing data, you’ll know there won’t be any issues with incompatible files or lost information since everything is integrated and working together.
Watch Your Budget More Closely
Using the cloud, you’ll be able to manage your resources and monitor where you allocate funding. Services in the cloud are delivered as you need them. If you decide you’re in need of more storage space or have an employee who needs a license for a particular application, you add those to your services. When you don’t need that extra storage or license, remove it and stop paying for it. There is less waste and less concern about capital purchases.
The cloud also lets you release some of your financial obligations and concerns to the data center. For example, you no longer have to concern yourself about server health or life expectancy. The cloud provider deals with these issues. They also take responsibility for upgrading the servers and for being energy efficient.
Your Services Are Flexible
If you need to bring in temporary employees for a holiday season or project, it’s easy to provide them with access to everything they need in the cloud. When they leave, that access and the software licenses they needed are removed. You don’t have to purchase additional copies of software for these temporary employees. You also don’t have to consider buying additional servers or hard drives. Expand as you need, only paying for space when you do need it, and then shrink to save money when it’s appropriate.
Since your data and your applications are going to be provided by servers outside of your own data center, it’s crucial that you keep control of your authentication process. Fortunately, cloud computing allows you to make use of Single Sign-On or SSO procedures. This means that your IT team only has to manage one environment for user accounts and logins.
Secure Your Systems
In the beginning, many feared that the cloud was opening their data up to hackers, but over time, it’s become apparent that the cloud is incredibly secure. This is partly because the cloud staff is only tasked with keeping their servers safe and secure. Your own IT team often has to split its focus among many projects, including troubleshooting. A cloud security team focuses on nothing but keeping your data safe.
With cloud computing, your employees can share data and applications no matter where they are. They can sync their documents, share spreadsheets, and make edits or additions in real time. If you have offices around the world or employees who are often away from the office, cloud computing can improve how they work together.
Overall, the cloud provides many different benefits, including reduced costs, improved security, and making it much easier to share information. If you’re uncertain how to begin your move to the cloud, or if you’re ready to expand your cloud services, SafeNet is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about what we can provide.