Six Advantages of Cloud Computing

Jovan S Hernandez
5 min readMay 4, 2020
“Take a look, to the sky, just before you die, it’s the last time you will” — Metallica

The State of the Cloud is Strong

The year is 2020 and the State of the Cloud is strong. Some might say not only is the state of the cloud strong, but it’s also more present and critical than ever before.

Thanks to the Coronavirus, the world has seen a massive shift to adopting SaaS and Cloud services overnight. Many companies who took the initial steps earlier to adopt the cloud last decade have a leg up on their competition, while the laggards who continued to rely on their on-premise infrastructure are struggling to find ways to connect their employees to their company resources.

Why move to the cloud?

Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, for everyone. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys and disrupt the market while remaining lean and nimble.

Your IT team isn’t the only one pushing for the cloud either. Cloud services affect every part of every business now in today's landscape from Payroll, Customer Relations, Human Resource, Finance, and Creatives.

Amazon being the leading cloud platform is a great resource for frameworks, system design, principles, and best practices. I’ll be covering their top 6 advantages of moving to the cloud, and adding my personal experiences along with each point.

So without further ado, here’s why your company is falling behind if you’ve yet to adopt the cloud.

1. Trade capital expense for variable expense

Capital Expenditure, or CapEx, is the funds used to purchase assets your company will use now and in the future. Think of supply chain management such as plant or factory purchases, building expansions, data centers, etc.

Your company can reduce costs and CapEx by not investing heavily in data centers or servers before you really need them, therefore cutting CapEx for a variable expenditure. Which leads to…