Two of the most common meanings associated with the term “cloud computing” is scalability and flexibility.
But what does that mean?
Have you ever known of businesses scheduling big computer jobs or updates at night or on the weekend because it would slow down the computer system? Cloud computing can eliminate this inconvenience.
Scalability is the “on-demand” growing and shrinking of your computer system infrastructure.
In printing, scalable fonts can be resized smaller or larger without losing quality. Similarly, scalability within the cloud allows your business to easily upscale or downscale your IT requirements as and when required. This will allow you to support your business growth without expensive changes to your existing IT systems.
When a company needs more bandwidth than usual, a cloud-based service can instantly meet the demand because of the vast capacity of its remote servers. In fact, this flexibility is so crucial that 65 percent of InformationWeek survey respondents said “the ability to quickly meet business demands” was an important reason to move to cloud computing.
How many of us use cell phones for daily communications, making phone calls, texting, checking the score or local weather? What if you had the ability to run your business software from your cell phone—check sales, approve invoices, collaborate and share information immediately with your team?
Cloud computing gives your employees the flexibilityto do their daily work using mobile technology—smartphones, laptops and notebooks.
As long as employees have Internet access, they can work from anywhere. This flexibility positively affects employee work-life balance and productivity. One study found that more than 40 percent of working adults would give up some of their salary if they could telecommute and have the ability to sometimes work from home.
In the current competitive global economy, the advantage goes to the organization that can leverage the latest technology. Cloud computing can provide that advantage, partly due to its scalability and flexibility.