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What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing refers to any hosted service delivered over the internet that includes tools such as servers, databases, networks and other computing systems. Applications and files stored in the cloud can be accessed at any time, and from any location, eliminating the need for users to be near physical hardware.

The demand for cloud services and agile processes drove thousands of businesses to shift to online hosting platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cloud networks are empowering businesses to function more efficiently than ever before due to the many advantages that they present such as cost reduction, greater flexibility, elasticity and optimal resource utilisation.

Yet, a significant amount of businesses are still nervous about adopting these services even though research has shown the advantages that cloud computing offers. This could be due to some reluctance concerning security.

Businesses, large and small, across multiple industries are using cloud tools to scale their daily operations. While industries continue to adopt cloud services, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are rapidly developing solutions designed specifically to meet the growing needs of those industries. Some industries include banking, finance, manufacturing, healthcare, government, transportation and tertiary institutions.

Cloud tools refer to the hardware and software components, such as servers, firewalls, virtualisation software, security policies and management tools, that provide connectivity to and from applications across cloud services, on-premises data centres, and edge networks.

Here are five benefits of cloud-based network connectivity tools to make your job easier:

1. Data security
How can you ensure that files, programs, and other data are secure if they are not kept on-site? Cloud networks have several advanced security mechanisms that ensure data is safely stored and managed. Cloud storage providers like Cisco Meraki and Sophos SD-RED put essential safeguards in place for their platforms and the information they process, such as access control, authentication, and encryption.

2. Cost-effective
The last thing your business needs is added strain on your Information Technology (IT) budget. While the initial cost of implementing cloud networks may need considerable financing, long-term cost savings will outweigh that. When your business is on the cloud, having fast access to your business’s data will save you time and money, no matter how large or small your project may be.

3. Mobility
Mobility is what ISPs are leveraging when suggesting cloud networks. Employees can access company data using smartphones and other devices with cloud network computing. Users may access their work on the move at any time of the day, from anywhere in the globe, as long as they are connected to the internet.

4. Easy to collaborate
Moving your documents from a hard drive into a cloud storage platform like Cisco Meraki and Sophos SD-RED makes it easier for your team to work together. Team members can simply and securely view and share information over a cloud-based platform. This is an effective way for teams to collaborate and exchange ideas to assist companies in achieving a highly desired flexible and collaborative culture.

5. Competitive edge
Due to the flexibility cloud networks offer, many companies see that this positively impacts their business. You will also be ahead of your rivals if you install a cloud network right now, as many businesses are still catching on to the cloud trend. When your competitors finally begin using cloud-based networks, you will be far more experienced if you implement one first.

Regardless of the risks and adverse opinions, however, it seems cloud computing will continue its growth. Only time will tell if the benefits of this IT revolution will outweigh for good the risks involved.

Stem Connect offers a broad range of cloud-based solutions built on top of state-of-the-art infrastructure enabling businesses to meet their objectives efficiently. Our cloud solutions are powered by high-performing products such as Cisco Meraki, Sophos SD-RED, AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft ExpressRoute, VMware Cloud Verified and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure allowing our customers to leverage existing technologies and products.

Contact us today if you would like to know more about cloud-based network connectivity tools.