Cloud computing is a rapidly growing area, and as their future plans for Office 265 and Office 2013 demonstrate; Microsoft is committed to the cloud. Office 2013 is being marketed as a cloud product – although the boxed version will also be available.
But did you realise that one of the major benefits of using cloud computing is better control of your IT costs.
- The business pays a fixed monthly subscription – which they can increase or decrease to match staff changes.
- They save money by not having to install, configure and maintain a back room server. This in turn will need replacing every 5 years.
- With cloud providers offering guaranteed uptime – in the case of Microsoft’s Office 365 this is 99.9% – there is less likely hood of sudden surprises, with bills to match.
- You can access your data on cheaper leaner devices such as netbooks or tablets.
- You have reduced IT support costs with the cloud provider handling all maintenance and updates.
- With no back room server running 24/7 and using smaller machines, one can say that is it also greener