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8 Ways Cloud Storage Delivers Business Value

Today's cloud storage is more than simply a low-cost alternative to on-premises options. In many ways, the cloud delivers business value that can't be matched with comparable in-house solutions. Here's how.
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As 2016 budgets remain fairly flat for most enterprise IT departments, CIOs are seeking ways to get the biggest bang for their buck. Cloud computing is on their radar. It was once considered mainly as a way to save money on storage and other IT services compared with in-house technology. While saving money is still a big factor, there are several ways the cloud offers increased business value that in-house solutions can't match.

Cloud storage is one of the hottest cloud computing services offered today. That's due to several key factors that are changing the way enterprise IT organizations operate compared to a few short years ago. For one, the way employees use technology has dramatically changed. With the growth of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and the power of mobile computing, employees are demanding the ability to work anywhere, at any time. Not only that, they want the entire process to be seamless, no matter where they are and what device they connect with.

A second contributing factor in favor of cloud storage is the exponential increase in data volume. Data storage policies have changed to enable enterprises to hold data longer -- and big data initiatives have led to the collection and storage of more data than most in-house facilities can handle. One simple and obvious solution to the data storage problem is to migrate some or all of it to the cloud.

Finally, value can be found when data storage responsibilities are handed over to service providers that specialize in the latest storage processes and technologies. There are a number of benefits to be gained from outsourcing -- especially for companies struggling to find and keep competent in-house staff.

Once you've reviewed these eight ways your organization can gain business value by migrating to cloud storage services, tell us what you think. We'd like to learn more about the business drivers influencing your unique cloud storage decisions. Talk to us in the comments section below.

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Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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Charlie Babcock
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1/22/2016 | 1:23:28 PM
Business value flows from economies of scale
The economy of scale principle kicks in pretty directly when it comes to cloud storage. How much more does it cost a large cloud storage vendor to operate a system for 100 customers, compared to each customer maintaining a system to meet his/her own storage needs? It's something less than 100X each customer's own expense.
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