In the 1960s, something happened that would change our lives forever. The setting is the office of US Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in the Pentagon. In an ordinary room, a civilian is quietly working there — planning what would become the next computer revolution. That person is computer scientist Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (“Lick” to his friends) and he is believed to be the father of cloud computing.
Among others, Lick envisioned the coming of interactive computing, point-and-click interfaces, digital libraries, eCommerce, and online banking. He talked of software that existed on a network but could be brought wherever it was needed.
Lick died in 1990 at the age of 75, but his legacy lives on. Thanks to his work on the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, the internet was born and his vision of a worldwide computer network that connected people and data anywhere, anytime became a reality.
Cloud usage increasing
Today, cloud computing is no longer a lofty idea and many businesses are using it. Estimated at $24.65 billion in 2010, the cloud industry has gone beyond the $100 billion mark and is expected to reach $150 billion by the end of 2020.
At present, the US government is the most prominent cloud customer with 48% of federal and state agencies using several cloud-based services, according to software reviewer TechJury. It adds that as more companies turn to the cloud, 83% of the business workload will be stored there by 2020.
But what makes the cloud popular? Why are many companies using it? And what is cloud computing anyway? In a nutshell, it’s the process of accessing different types of resources over the internet. If your business and data are growing, you need a safe place to store all that.
In the past, businesses relied on in-house hardware such as hard drives and other clunky storage devices. The downside is that as your data (and files) grow, you need to invest in more software or hardware with bigger storage capacities and that doesn’t come cheap. Furthermore, all the information is stuck in your office. You can’t carry it with you wherever you are.
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Why you’re better off in the cloud
In cloud computing, all those problems are eliminated. You can get cloud storage from a trusted managed services provider and access it from any device connected to the internet. What’s more, you only pay for storage that is used.
Here are other reasons why it’s time to migrate to the cloud:
1. Get instant relief
Multisoft revealed that the cloud has a big impact on the day-to-day activities of startups and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Eighty percent of companies reported significant improvements in the first few months of adopting this technology. This proves that cloud computing is not only for big companies.
2. No need to break the bank
Price is one of the main reasons for the growth of the cloud. SMBs find third-party cloud systems 40% more cost-effective compared to in-house systems, according to Multisoft. This is expected since not everyone can afford to buy and maintain new storage equipment, and hire supporting staff to operate this.
3. You’re in good hands
Cybercriminals are everywhere and no one is safe from them, not even small businesses. Fortunately, cloud technology protects your sensitive data from hackers, In fact, Salesforce says that 94% of businesses enjoy significant improvements in online security after using the cloud. It’s the reason many business owners sleep well at night!
With all these and more going for cloud users, isn’t it about time you take your business there? Elevate your office to new heights with cloud computing and take a giant leap into the future.
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