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by: Andrea Martin  /  December 2, 2012

Because modern businesses rely to such an extent on computing technology, they have to have systems in place to sort out any problems affecting hardware quickly. Smaller firms will typically depend on third-party support, while larger firms may have one or more in-house IT personnel.

When problems do arise, like a computer failing, it may severely impact a business's ability to function normally. Whether or not the firm uses in-house expertise or has to call in support engineers, there can be a significant time lapse before the problems are sorted.

With the advent of cloud servers, the costs associated with IT can be significantly reduced without any loss of processing power. Cloud servers exist in remote locations, and businesses use the internet to connect to them.

Using cloud servers removes nearly all hardware support requirements from businesses using them. The company running the cloud servers looks after all support areas. Cloud service companies use various backup systems so that problems arising from malfunctioning hardware can be almost instantly resolved. This significantly reduces the impact of hardware failure on client businesses.

Cloud server companies do not just provide remote hardware services. Apart from running the most stable and up-to-date versions of operating systems, cloud server companies can also act as hosts for software applications. This facility can prove to be a tremendous cost saver.

Most companies buying their software applications will have to buy one or more user licenses. With many of the most common business applications, user licenses are sold in bundles. Companies may often be paying for licenses they will never use.

To give an example, one of the world's leading software manufacturers permits small business customers to buy 1, 5, or 50 user licenses. A company with 25 employees using a software application sold by that manufacturer will have to pay for 50 licenses. In this scenario, the company has been forced to invest in 25 more licenses than it needs. This unnecessary expense would be avoided by using a cloud computing service, where the client company will only have to pay for resources it uses.

Protecting and safeguarding data is another vital requirement that companies who rely on computing technology have to give serious consideration to. Any weaknesses in backup procedures can result in a company permanently losing critical data. This could involve losing customer details, or financial transactions, both of which could cost any company dearly.

Cloud servers have automated backup procedures in place that make it virtually impossible to lose data permanently. Likewise, cloud servers have sophisticated, and automated data restore procedures that more or less eliminate downtime.

Cloud servers also have the most sophisticated security systems in place to prevent unauthorized access. Security can be a major headache for companies that do not have in-house expertise. These problems disappear when using cloud servers.

Finally, cloud servers make a business's data and applications available 24 hours a day and accessible from any location. Every modern business should give serious thought to switching to cloud servers.

Written by Andrea Martin  /  December 2, 2012