It wasn't that long ago that businesses would invest thousands of dollars on new machinery and software every few years. This was a costly necessity of doing business that often meant relearning how to accomplish certain tasks with new technology. Now, organizations can use cloud computing solutions to make this process much easier and save money. According to Business 2 Community contributor Megan Wittenberger, the cloud is a low-cost alternative to the old way of doing business and making IT infrastructure upgrades. Instead of having to pay thousands of dollars every time technology must be updated, businesses can subscribe to cloud based services and get new technology as soon as it is released.

Smaller companies primarily use the cloud to reduce costs, as it allows them to more cost effectively procure new technologies and bring in new apps. As businesses grow, cloud based services can grow with the business, eliminating the need to buy new servers and letting companies only pay for what they need.

"For an easy example of scalability, think about how your company stores its data," Wittenberger wrote. "If you archive your data on a hard drive or NAS device, as your data accumulates over time, you'll need to keep spending money on larger and larger storage devices to store all your data. This method is very inefficient because you're either buying a larger storage device and not using all the space or you're deleting information you need to keep it all on one device."

With cloud storage, how much space the organization requires can be increased or decreased with ease to meet the needs of the business as soon as possible.

Different models should be considered
A recent TechTarget report found that 61 percent of companies have adopted some form of the cloud, with 40 percent using the public cluid, 30 percent using private configurations and another 30 percent using hybrid cloud services. In addition, the number of businesses utilizing all of these different setups should increase in the coming months and years. With all of these models, cost savings has been key. Close to three-fourths of public adopters said savings was their primary factor, with 63 percent of hybrid cloud users and the majority of private cloud users echoing those sentiments.

"As cloud services infiltrate the modern enterprise, it's important to keep all three principal cloud models in the proper perspective. Public, private and hybrid cloud computing all have a unique role in enterprise IT," the news source said. "However, they aren't mutually exclusive, allowing IT planners and administrators to realize the benefits of each model to fit the overall needs of the business."