5 Main Features of Cloud Services

According to Business Insider, cloud services are becoming "the new normal" for companies during the pandemic. Because cloud services are available on-demand over the internet, they help companies transition to digital operations that support a remote workforce. The cost-efficiency of the cloud also helped organizations keep their heads above water during the financial downturn in the early months of the pandemic.

Companies are embracing a cloud-first approach to IT, taking advantage of cloud services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Cloud services continue to expand and evolve as business needs change.

But what is it about cloud services that enable them to transform businesses and give them staying power in a time of crisis?

Cloud services have some key features that help companies migrate to the cloud and make the most of the cloud no matter what stage of the journey they are in. Organizations can align cloud services to their business goals to stay competitive in trying times.

Here's an overview of 5 main features of cloud services.

1) Scalability
Like all aspects of the cloud, cloud services are highly and easily scalable. Instead of going through a long process of requisitioning and implementing hardware and software, your company can request new cloud resources when you need them and downgrade when the need passes. Right-sizing services help your company determine what cloud resources are needed to meet your requirements for storage, workloads, or running applications.

2) Resiliency
Cloud-based storage, backup, and disaster recovery enable your company to protect data and maintain business continuity. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) provides off-site backup and instant failover. Resiliency is crucial for staying competitive. Clients and customers expect your company to be available at all times. Making the right business decisions depends upon accessing accurate, complete, and current data.

3) Optimization
Optimization services ensure that companies that are already in the cloud get the most value out of their cloud investment. Many companies let cloud resources lay idle, wasting money. Cloud services include assessments that identify areas where cloud assets are being underutilized. Data analytics produce insights about cloud usage that empower your company to develop a roadmap toward a more cost-effective and strategic approach to cloud.

4) Maturity
Cloud services can help your company raise your level of digital maturity through cloud delivery. Cloud services are available for organizations at every stage in the cloud journey, from those that are thinking about migrating to those that are looking to adopt a cloud-first approach to IT. Cloud delivery digitalizes operations, making business processes compatible with today's remote workplaces.

5) Collaboration
For companies that have made the transition to a remote workforce, cloud services provide the tools they need for business collaboration. SaaS offerings include file sharing, mobility management, and unified communications solutions. Using these cloud-based tools, employees can communicate and work together on projects no matter where they are located. Increased collaboration leads to innovation and boosts employee satisfaction.

Get On Board With Cloud Services
Now that you've explored the main features of cloud services, you may want to find out more about which ones are right for your company. Working with a technology provider that takes a consultative approach will help you align your cloud services with your business transformation goals and challenges.

Pegasus Technology Solutions offers a wide range of cloud services and will work with your company to customize a cloud strategy  using them. We help organizations whether they are new to the cloud, moving to the cloud, or already in the cloud.

Our cloud experts deliver specialized cloud services, including Cloud Assessments, Cloud Migrations, Cloud Optimization, Cloud Management, and Cloud Support.

Topics: Cloud Services, Cloud, Business Transformation, Infrastructure as a Service, SaaS, Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, PaaS, Cloud Optimization, Cloud Assessments