Nonprofit organizations opening up to cloud computing

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Cloud computing has been making a name for itself throughout the corporate sector for some time now, as businesses have implemented hosted environments to support a number of operational needs. A recent report by j2 Global found that nonprofit organizations are also relying heavily on the cloud, suggesting that the technology can truly be used by firms of all sizes and industries.

In March, the State of the Nonprofit Sector survey by the Nonprofit Finance Fund found that 30 percent of nonprofits are planning technology upgrades to boost efficiency and improve services, j2 Global reported.

A study conducted by the United States Internal Revenue Service in 2011 said that there are more than 1.4 million nonprofits throughout the country. These organizations are relying on cloud computing to improve telecommuting capabilities and employee collaboration and reduce operating costs, according to the report.

Nonprofits that want to connect their workforces like never before should strongly consider upgrading to the cloud. Employees are using their own personal devices like smartphones and tablets more frequently. Organizations that support the cloud can make it possible for staff members to access work-related content anywhere, regardless of location, resulting in happier and more productive personnel.

Cloud computing also aids disaster recovery demands
A Fortune 500 company, small business or nonprofit organization can experience a devastating natural disaster that may cripple operations and destroy important data. Rather than store this sensitive material in the office where it is vulnerable to such incidents, firms can rely on the cloud to protect these assets from potential disruptions.

Cloud backup allows organizations to migrate mission-critical information to a hosted environment, meaning that such data is out of harm’s way during on-site disasters. Even if firms are forced to close their offices, employees still have access to this content because the cloud is available through the Internet.

Organizations should also consider implementing the cloud over maintaining on-site data backups because of the cost benefits. Managing and transporting physical media can be expensive, whereas the cloud does not require an upfront capital investment. Users only pay for the services they actually consume, and adding more computing power or storage capacity does not require additional hardware and software. This means that even nonprofits can keep costs in check when leveraging the technology.

Curious about nonprofits and disaster recovery? Check out this great post by StorageCraft partner Joe Hillis.

 

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