For enterprises looking to move some or all of their computing portfolio to the cloud, there is good market news all around. According to telecommunications research firm Dell’Oro Group, by 2017, cloud servers will make up about 50 percent of all server shipments, a clear indication that the cloud computing market is on the incline. Sameh Boujelbene, director at Dell’Oro Group, said that the cloud is starting to be used more frequently to meet the needs of enterprise and small-business clients alike.

“The substantial increase in cloud uptake stems from both a declining skepticism of the cloud among enterprise accounts, and the willingness of cloud vendors to hear their customers’ concerns, mainly related to security and resiliency, and to provide platforms to meet their needs,” Boujelbene said.

This means enterprises are starting to realize the advantages of utilizing the cloud over traditional on-premises servers. Let’s take a look at why enterprise cloud computing is taking the technology world by storm – and some not-so-obvious reasons why your enterprise should consider investing in the cloud.

The cloud can offer a greater level of security than traditional data center computing.The cloud can offer a greater level of security than traditional data center computing.

1. Greater security
Cloud computing has gotten a bad rap in the past for not offering companies the best security possible. However, according to InformationWeek contributor Andrew Froehlich, the cloud can provide enterprises a greater level of security than traditional data center computing. The cloud makes security management easier and more streamlined, because there is only one point of access for multiple customers. Because cloud computing technology is evolving alongside software encryption technologies and can generate and store big data, it provides end-to-end visibility. This allows security managers to see exactly what’s happening at all times.

“Fewer pieces of equipment means less energy used in the long run.”

2. Reduced carbon footprint
Enterprise cloud computing may offer an opportunity to reduce your footprint, as well. According to Renewable Energy World contributor Richard Baillie, the cloud is good news for an environment already burdened with our computing technology. More effective power efficiency strategies have impacted the use of electricity in the data center over the past few years, but massive amounts of energy are still going in to facilities around the country. In fact, U.S. data centers used 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electrical energy in 2013, according to a report from the National Resources Defense Council, and will likely use 139 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020. That’s an estimated 53 percent increase in energy consumption over a seven-year period.

Because cloud computing reduces the need for physical servers on a company’s premises, fewer pieces of equipment means less energy used in the long run. Enterprises can reduce their own carbon footprint while increasing their computing capacity and reaping the other benefits of cloud computing as well, including efficient scalability of existing computing equipment and less money spent on physical infrastructure.

3. Boosted worker productivity
Employees who work from home often get more done than those in the office. According to one study conducted by Harvard professor Nicholas Bloom, people who worked from home were more productive, completing 13.5 percent more phone calls than their office counterparts. The work-from-home group were also less likely to quit. With the cloud, enterprises can take advantage of this increased productivity. Cloud computing makes it easier for workers to sign in to the network from anywhere over a secure, private Wi-Fi connection without the requirement of a virtual private network client.

No matter your enterprise’s needs, the most well-known benefits of cloud computing remain the same. Cloud computing can offer better security and more scalability in the long run, equating to improved bottom lines and greater control over what’s going in and out of their data centers. But it can also provide enterprises the opportunity to increase worker productivity and reduce energy emissions, leading to a happier, healthier workforce in the long term.