Over 50% of workers report that they currently work outside the main office 2 or more days a week. And according to some research this is only set to grow, particularly with the influence of millennials into the workforce who are already adept at using technology to stay connected wherever they are, for example with applications like Google Drive, iPlayer, and Dropbox. This presents a great opportunity to release the benefits of remote working, but also reinforces the need for tools that give users easy and secure access to services and information they need to work productively.
So what are the key reasons for using cloud computing to support remote working?
Anytime, anywhere access - pretty obviously, the fact that with a device and internet connection your workforce can securely access all the tools they’re used to using from their desktop, is a great reason to consider it. Even better, it supports staff collaborating remotely in real-time, wherever they are in the world.
Reliability -with a cloud solution like Microsoft Azure you benefit from advanced, 24x7x365 operations to keep your operations running smoothly, thereby avoiding that dreaded 2am service call to tell you the computing services went down
Scale up quickly (and back again!) - if you need to speed things up, or increase throughput, you’re not limited by the size of your server room. Increase and decrease storage or size of your virtual machine to address the needs of your users and businesses quickly
Pay for what you use - unlike traditional infrastructure, you can (and should) turn off what you’re not using, avoiding buying spare computing capacity you hardly ever us
Security - although this is often seen as the biggest concern with moving to the cloud, the in-built security offered by cloud providers is usually better then many businesses could provide themselves including multi-factor authentication, encrypted connection, etc. Microsoft Azure is one provider that provides audit reports and compliance packages to help you streamline compliance.
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