Cloud computing is helping businesses reduce costs and increase up-time through new services available via the Internet and the use of Internet technology to centralize computer applications. By centralizing the applications, users remain up-to-date on all of the latest software updates and patches. Many cloud applications are accessible via mobile devices, which also makes cloud technology attractive to movers and shakers.

The high-availability technology in place by many cloud services providers mitigate the risks posed by Internet outages. Multiple up-links to the Internet give cloud service providers redundant connectivity, ensuring that when you need to access the cloud, it will be available.

Businesses benefit from cloud technology in the following ways:

  • Reduce and normalize costs. Cloud technology often has lower up-front capital expenses through new software licensing schemes
  • Increase up-time. A crashed computer no longer will slow you down, because you can use any Internet-enabled device
  • Save time. You no longer have to take the time to install and upgrade applications on your own computer
  • More reliability. Software glitches are more rapidly corrected by the developers
  • More processing power. Applications execute on the remote server and not your own computer
  • Mobilization. Mobile versions of cloud applications give you access to your apps while you’re on the go

A great example of cloud technology benefiting businesses is the usage of Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 makes all of your regular Microsoft Office applications — Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and others — available via the Internet. This means that you can use any computer at any time to access all of your Office applications, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.

Another major advantage is the software licensing. Office 365 allows you to normalize your costs, so you aren’t spending a lot of money out of pocket for each Office upgrade. Many businesses are familiar (and unhappy) with the costs of these upgrades. Now, instead of large capital expenses to update the Office software across your business, Microsoft employs a per user, per month licensing structure. This makes the cost of staying up-to-date with the software very predictable, because the flat-rate pricing includes regular updates and upgrades to the latest version of the software.

Network Data Services specializes in cloud computing services, and we know how the cloud applies to your business. To get started with your transition to the cloud, contact us by using our online contact form or by calling us at 501-791-7900.