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In our previous article, we discussed the benefits of transitioning to Cloud Computing Solutions and Services for businesses, under the headings of Business Benefits, Additional (Marginal) Benefits, Cost Savings, and Scalability.

In this article, we will examine the benefits of transitioning to "Cloud Computing" solutions from the following perspectives:

  • Competitive Advantage
  • Information Security
  • Disaster Recovery

Competitive advantage:

The limited IT resources, whether they are human or equipment, spending their time on routine tasks instead of performing tasks that are strategically important for a business, such as constantly checking backups, keeping track of storage system updates, etc.

The energy that elite workforce should be expending to implement company strategies is often wasted in areas that could be outsourced, resulting in the inefficient utilization of resources that should constantly be providing value in the competitive arena. Spending time on routine tasks, which can now be considered obsolete, such as checking the warranty of air conditioning units, verifying the grounding of electrical lines, learning how to update servers, etc., can put companies at a disadvantage in competition. Even spending time learning a specific network protocol when it's not necessary at all can disadvantage companies. Ensuring more effective use of limited resources and enabling them to focus on their core tasks, as well as adapting the marginal service benefits that come with cloud services to the business, can help companies stay ahead in competition.

Information Security:

As a result of increasing cyber attacks and the challenges in combating cyber incidents, as well as the complexity of protection measures, many organizations are in search of solutions. No structure is 100% secure. Regardless of where it is stored, any system that is open to human access or interaction will exhibit vulnerabilities. Due to human nature or operational blindness, any system can fall victim to a cyber attack, and may even suffer irreparable damage, ranging from data leaks to data loss. The important thing is to be able to take vital measures to fend off these attacks with minimal damage or minor scratches before such incidents occur. Proper diagnosis and treatment (recovery) during and after a cyber attack, taking necessary measures to prevent recurrence, logging systems, monitoring, surveillance, and damage detection systems are of critical importance. Thanks to the industrial measures taken by Cloud systems and Cloud service providers (excluding some hosting companies referred to as "underground"), organizations hosting their systems in the Cloud have proactive or reactive options, i.e., Plan B and Plan C. Even if they have somehow fallen victim to a cyber attack, businesses can only know what type of measures they need to take to restore their systems and prevent recurrence if they are using reliable architecture. Of course, for minimal damage or to survive an attack unscathed, it is also crucial for these types of tools to undergo regular maintenance and drills.

Disaster Recovery:

The obligation to create DRS (Disaster Recovery Site) plans has led businesses of all sizes (whether corporate or private) to consider various scale disaster recovery measures. Sometimes obligations arise from demands for quality standards, and sometimes, as the saying goes, "prevention is better than cure," they arise spontaneously as a result of bad experiences. Cyber-attacks, hardware failures, operator errors, fires, floods, earthquakes, and all similar risks stand as critical obstacles to ensuring business continuity. Calculating these risks and knowing how and in what manner Plan B and Plan C will be in place in the event of critical systems being compromised is both difficult and costly. It is imperative for organizations to conduct a detailed risk analysis in order to make decisions on these measures. Subsequently, they are expected to calculate the impact of these risks on their operations, complete the necessary investments accordingly, purchase the measures step by step, and ensure their operation. Instead of taking Disaster Recovery measures that are often talked about but not actually effective, many of which are merely symbolic and do not work even though money is spent, Cloud-supported solutions that work on an "as a service" basis with calculated risks and can be easily monitored at the service level are increasingly in demand. The only thing to do is to conduct a detailed risk analysis with the help of a reliable consultant (which is critical to obtain this service), and then lease the solution along with its operation.

Cloud Computing Solutions demonstrate their optimal solution in the most critical areas of your organization with their contributions to the industry day by day, and in today's world where qualified human resources are important, they turn the expression "Efficiency is in the Cloud" into reality for organizations.

Volkan Duman

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