The future of the cloud

The future of the cloud for business

The cloud is something that has been creating a buzz in the business world for a decade or more. But in recent times, the way we look at the cloud and the way we use it has changed. From being a simple way of storing data and sharing it between people and locations, the cloud has become a go-to location for hosting systems, bringing a new level of flexibility to business IT.

What is cloud computing?

Put simply, cloud computing means having systems based on the internet rather than on machines in your premises. This has a number of advantages. It means you don’t have to make a large investment in server hardware; all you need are cheaper desktop clients. It’s flexible because you can easily scale up or down to meet business needs. And it’s available from anywhere there’s an internet connection. So, whether staff are in branch offices, working from home, or out on site with a mobile device, they have access to the same information they need to do their jobs.

Cloud systems also offer a robust way of ensuring disaster recovery, allowing businesses to get up and running again quickly from another location.

The future of the cloud for business, therefore, is tied to the growing demand for companies to be agile as they respond to new and innovative methods of working. No surprise, then, that there has been rapid adoption with 90 percent of British businesses using at least one cloud service according to an article in Computer Weekly.

Key considerations

Using cloud computing for business does require some important changes, particularly when it comes to connectivity and security. The future of the cloud is only certain if you are able to connect to the cloud in a fast and reliable way.

As companies come to rely more on the cloud for their day-to-day activity, it can throw up shortcomings in conventional broadband connectivity. Because broadband offers speeds only in one direction and can suffer from contention when lots of people are using it, it may become a barrier to full cloud adoption.

Many companies are therefore turning to Ethernet solutions to provide a direct link to their service provider and therefore more dependable access. An Ethernet solution not only means synchronous speeds and a dedicated connection, it can also offer a managed connection so that any problems which may arise are the responsibility of your provider to resolve, so you can remain focused your business. All of this is backed by a service level agreement aimed at keeping your business connected. Find out more about our business Ethernet solutions.

Security is also an important issue. By using the cloud, you are effectively consigning your data to someone else’s computer, so you need to make sure it’s properly protected. Most good cloud systems will offer secure logins with multi-factor authentication and encryption of data at rest and in transit. Using an Ethernet connection to the internet can help with security too, by ensuring there’s less chance of data being intercepted.

The future of the cloud for business looks certain as increasing numbers of businesses turn to as-a-service software models as a way of increasing flexibility and reducing costs. In order to gain maximum benefit from the cloud, it’s vital that your business connectivity keeps pace with the demand. Get ready for the cloud by comparing the best BT leased line deals.

If you want to improve your enterprise internet, or you aren’t sure which service would be right for you, call our team on 0808 115 4281 or get in touch online today so our team can help find the best solution for you and your business.

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