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The Top 6 Business Benefits of Cloud Adoption

Charlotte Day

Demand for cloud-based offerings has accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the importance of flexibility and agility now being realised. Without adapting, businesses risk being left behind, but what are the benefits and how do you know if it’s the right solution for you?

In the first blog of our Cloud Security series, we explore the key advantages of cloud adoption.

1. Flexibility

Cloud infrastructure is the key to operational agility, allowing you to scale up or down to suit your bandwidth needs. The pay-as-you-go model offered by most cloud service providers (CSPs) also means that you pay for usage rather than a set monthly fee.

2. Reduced cost

Kind to your cash flow, cloud computing cuts out the high hardware cost. Not to mention the cost-savings of reduced resources, lower energy consumption, and fewer delays.

3. Disaster Recovery

From natural disasters to power outages and software bugs, if your data is backed up in the cloud, it is at a reduced risk of system failure as the servers are typically far from your office locations. You can recover data anywhere to minimise downtime by logging into the internet’s cloud storage portal.

4. Accessibility

We’ve all heard that the office is dead. Workers want the ability to work anytime, anywhere. With cloud (and an internet connection), they can.

5. Greater collaboration

Cloud infrastructure makes collaboration a simple process. The cloud can drastically improve workplace productivity, from online video calls to sharing files and co-authoring documents in real-time. These cloud-native applications are designed to make our lives more efficient through greater collaboration.

6. Strategic value

Ultimately, businesses that have adopted the cloud typically experience greater cost efficiencies, faster speed to market, and enhanced service levels. Adopting the cloud not only reimagines business models and builds resilience but also enables organisations to be agile and innovative, for example, adopt to DevOps methodologies which can prove to be an essential element for businesses looking to get ahead of their competitors.

But what about security? A 2020 survey reported that cloud security was the biggest challenge to cloud adoption for 83% of the business.[1] While the pandemic accelerated cloud adoption, rushed application and the resulting lacklustre security have only intensified security concerns as cybercriminals increasingly target cloud environments.

Check out our comprehensive guide to cloud security for more information.


[1] 64 Significant Cloud Computing Statistics for 2022: Usage, Adoption & Challenges

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