June 06, 2022

10 benefits of cloud computing for companies

Companies can benefit from cloud computing as it outperforms on-premises setups in terms of processing power, scalability, cost, security and accessibility. The increasing trend toward cloud migration indicates that it is here to stay and will eventually overtake on-premises computing.

The benefits of cloud computing have become even more apparent since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses have become more competitive and agile as a result of the improved collaboration, on-demand networking, and the power of data-driven insights provided by the cloud. SEACOM Business provides enterprises in Kenya with a variety of cloud computing services. Here are 10 benefits that these services can provide your business.

Benefit 1: Cloud computing allows for greater accessibility

Resources stored on the cloud can be accessed from anywhere as cloud computing is web-based. Any endpoint, including laptops, cellphones and tablets, can access data. However, when it comes to the benefits of cloud computing, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Industries and global manufacturing are being reshaped by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Interconnected datasets stored on the cloud enable smart supply chains, machine learning algorithms and connected assets that provide predictive and preventative maintenance.

Benefit 2: Network scalability

When it comes to traditional computing, if a company wants to expand its network, it must purchase additional servers, modems, routers and other hardware. This is costly and time-consuming to deploy.

Using cloud computing to scale a network is a completely different experience. It only takes a few minutes rather than weeks or months, and scaling down is just as simple. Businesses are able to respond to seasonal demand using cloud computing. Auto-scaling can be used to scale up or down as needed without any manual intervention.

SEACOM Business offers burstable capacity, which means businesses will never run out of cloud-based storage space or processing power. Large-scale enterprises can quickly expand their digital presence, making them highly agile.

Benefit 3: Cloud computing pricing structure

In contrast to on-site computing, there are no upfront expenditures associated with setting up a cloud network. Since no specialised hardware or software is required, cloud infrastructure is far less expensive to set up than a traditional on-premise network. Managing a cloud network is considerably easier, so administrative costs are also reduced. Most of the manual setup and maintenance is replaced with automation.

Consumption-based payment models are another significant benefit of cloud computing. With SEACOM Business, enterprises only pay for what they use. IT costs are much lower due to predictable pricing and managed services.

Benefit 4: Cloud computing allows for resource pooling

Multiple tenants can use cloud resources offered by cloud service providers (CSPs). In other words, the cloud environment, which includes storage, memory and network capacity, is shared by multiple companies.

Since they offer faster processing speeds, pooled resources boost network performance. Furthermore, CSPs leverage economies of scale, so costs are reduced. Businesses can benefit from improved security and access to cutting-edge technologies.

Benefit 5: Secure cloud computing within multi-tenant environments

CSPs utilise virtual private clouds to keep data separate and secure in multi-tenant environments. Even though they share the same cloud environment, if one tenant experiences a data breach or cyber security threat, it will not affect the other tenants.

This may not be enough to meet regulatory standards in some industries. Enterprises can have a private cloud in these cases, where they do not share resources with other tenants. Even better, businesses can use a hybrid strategy to have the best of both worlds: the cost-effectiveness of a public cloud combined with the exceptional security of a private cloud.

Corporate networks that use software-defined widearea networking (SD-WAN) choose optimum routing for network traffic automatically, prioritising key business functions and securing highly confidential data.

Benefit 6: Cloud computing's security benefits

Standard data security is offered by enterprise-grade public clouds like Microsoft Azure. These cloud environments can be made safer by utilising cutting-edge cyber security technology. Data encryption and access control and management, give enterprises the highest levels of cyber security when it comes to cloud computing.

Additional value-added services for corporate networks are available from SEACOM Business. To keep enterprise networks safe from large-scale attacks, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection is essential.

Benefit 7: Self-service and on-demand computing

Businesses that use the public cloud maintain complete control over their network. From a user-friendly console, on-demand functionality is simple to manage. Permissions and access control can be easily updated, network scaling can be accomplished in a few simple steps and network performance can be easily monitored. To enjoy the benefits of enterprise-grade cloud connectivity, companies don't need to have highly specialised IT teams.

Benefit 8: Maintenance is much easier

Businesses don't have to maintain their own data centres, servers, routers, switches, or other networking equipment with cloud computing. Everything is fully automated using software.

Storage racks, cooling systems, electrical equipment and backup generators are all required when a company has an on-site data centre. All of these must be maintained, kept clean and guarded with surveillance systems. Maintenance is significantly easier with cloud computing because everything is done through an online platform that can be accessed from anywhere.

Benefit 9: Automation on the cloud

The cloud is well-adapted for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. A variety of manual procedures are being replaced by AI, which streamlines workflows and improves efficiency. AI supports internal operations with automatic alerts, system inspections and communications by processing data stored on the cloud. Customised product offerings and streamlined purchasing can also help improve customer experience.

Benefit 10: Cloud computing provides insights and reporting

Data collected on the cloud allows businesses to see what is going on with their internal workflows as well as with their customers and clients. The cloud can provide detailed reports to aid in decision-making and align enterprises with their corporate objectives.

Cloud-based software can monitor usage and detect any issues before the company network is disrupted by computing data quickly. This ensures minimal downtime and SD-WAN keeps critical business processes running at all times.

Choose an enterprise-grade provider of cloud services

When choosing a cloud provider, businesses should carefully review Service Level Agreements (SLAs). SEACOM Business has industry-leading SLAs that ensure optimal performance and security. For more information or to get a quote for our enterprise-grade cloud services, email us at marketing@seacom.com or leave us a message.

SEACOM owns Africa’s largest network of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, including fibre optic networks and subsea cables. We offer a wide range of industry-leading scalable ICT solutions for large companies that operate throughout the region.

SEACOM is privately owned - making it adaptable to the needs of the client. We are the preferred ICT and internet connectivity supplier for African enterprises. We can guarantee fast, reliable and secure internet and networking services at affordable prices.

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