Ready for Fourth of July weekend? It’s almost here! And to help you start thinking about fireworks and fun, we’ve compiled six explosive cloud computing facts with powerful statistics proving the cloud is a major game changer.
Cloud security has arrived.
One of the biggest arguments against cloud computing is weak security, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to support this claim. In fact, 94% of managers say their business’ security has improved after adopting cloud applications. Security might even be one of the most important benefits of moving to the cloud, as it allows businesses to experience enterprise-grade security that they couldn’t provide for themselves. Cloud providers are experts in their field and their business relies on protecting client data. With encryption and other advanced technologies in place, the risk is minimized.
Is compliance holding you back? Not anymore!
You think you have too many industry regulations to move to the cloud? Think again. The cloud keeps up with compliance needs! 91% of SMBs say their cloud providers made it easier to satisfy compliance requirements. In the past, industries like healthcare, financial and legal had to shy away from advances in technology due to the strict regulations they faced. Now, cloud offers the best of both worlds by making the latest technology available to all businesses, while satisfying compliance needs.
Cloud is efficient in more ways than one.
Yes, there’s the well-known efficiency of cloud computing as a result of its mobility, scalability, cost efficiency and more, but the cloud is also green! Thanks to the efficient payment model, shared resources, virtual workspaces, equipment efficiency, and digital operations, cloud actually gives back to the Earth. 64% of companies have reduced waste and lowered energy consumptions after shifting to the cloud, and more than 60% of enterprises that adopt cloud computing accept that it reduces energy consumption. Why wouldn’t you choose a solution that provides advanced business solutions and benefits the planet?
Cloud knowledge is more valuable than ever.
Cloud computing is exciting! It’s allowing businesses to truly step up their game. However, it’s also affecting the role of the IT professional. Today, 56% of organizations are seeking to hire staff with cloud expertise. That’s because it’s an influential technology that businesses are ready to take advantage of. This shift is making cloud knowledge extremely valuable. IT professionals are no longer just overseers of hardware and software. They are innovators that impact the growth of a business.
Low costs? You’ve got it.
We know cost is one of the first things businesses think about when considering a new technology solution, and with cloud, they won’t be disappointed. 80% of cloud adopters believe that it helps their organization reduce IT costs, with 47% of companies actually witnessing lower operating costs after cloud adoptions. With a usage-based payment model, decreased upfront costs, and lower spending on management, maintenance and equipment, the savings can be huge! Cloud computing is up to 40 times more cost effective for an SMB, compared to running its own IT system. Even the US Federal Government saved $5.5 billion per year by shifting to cloud services. Those are true savings.
The cloud is going nowhere.
When cloud computing started gaining momentum, many claimed it was just a fad. We’ve found, however, that the cloud is here to stay, and the stats back us up! By 2020, cloud computing is expected to cross the $270 billion mark, which is huge. Over 50% of American companies plan to increase their cloud budgets in 2015, and by 2016, 36% of all data is expected to be stored in the cloud. The above facts provide plenty of reasoning for why the cloud will stick around. It’s secure, efficient, green and affordable. That’s why 67% of IT professionals already use cloud services and applications today.
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