Cloud computing is a huge buzzword, and today is widely recognized as a safe, reliable and financially sensible solution for businesses of all sizes.
You may have a vague idea about the benefits of cloud computing, but moving your entirebusiness to the cloud can be a daunting prospect – especially if you’ve invested large amountsof time and money into crafting an on-premise computing solution that works for you.
But just because your on-premise infrastructure isn’t causing you any problems at this exactmoment, doesn’t mean you aren’t heading for major problems further down the line.
Ask yourself: is our current solution future-proof? Can it scale, if we suddenly acquire a newcustomer? Does it offer protection against the latest malware threats? Or, is it actually a tickingtime bomb of workarounds, outdated software and security vulnerabilities?
If you want to see how cloud computing compares to your current on-premise solution, then inthis article we’ll be exploring the top 9 benefits of migrating to the cloud. Regardless of yourorganization’s size, industry or annual revenue, by the end of this article you’ll know exactlywhat benefits you can expect, if you do decide to move your business to the cloud.
Access your data from anywhere, at any time
Flexibility is one of the biggest benefits of cloud computing. With a cloud computing system inplace, your employees will have any-time, any-where access to all the data and software theyneed, in order to complete their work successfully.
This flexibility opens up the possibility of remote working. In particular, having the option to workfrom home has been proven to boost employee satisfaction and productivity, and can help youhang onto your star employees. You could even fully embrace remote working, and hire peoplewho have exactly the skills your business needs to thrive – even if they’re not physically locatedanywhere near your office.
If your organization is geographically distributed, then it’s crucial that your entire workforce hasfast, reliable and secure access to your company’s data and software. If you opt for cloudcomputing, then as long as your employees have an Internet connection they’ll be able tocomplete their work, regardless of geographical location.
Even if you’re a startup or a small business where all of your employees work in the same office,it’s important to future-proof your business. If you dream of one day expanding your company,then cloud computing should be on your radar!
Finally, if a crisis is going to strike your business, then we all know that it’s more likely to happenafter your staff have left the office, and headed home for the day. By migrating to the cloud, youcan ensure your staff have access to the data and software they need, in order to respond to acrisis out-of-hours, and from the comfort of their own home.
Slash your startup and maintenance costs
Maintaining your own on-premise data center can be expensive.
You’ll likely have to invest in specialist equipment, and may even need to hire experts to installthat equipment for you. Most on-premise servers require an upgrade once every 5 years,making them a significant and ongoing financial commitment.
By switching to the cloud, you can eliminate many of these startup costs, and transfer thefinancial responsibility of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to a third party cloud provider.This can result in significant financial savings for your business – according to Microsoft’s “Smallbusinesses and the cloud” report, 82% of businesses reported reduced costs after utilizing cloudtechnology.
Moving to the cloud can slash your IT expenses at any time, but if you’re currently consideringupgrading your hardware, purchasing new software or renewing any licenses, then this is theideal time to migrate to the cloud, to really maximize your cost-savings.
At Systems Assurance, we pride ourselves on offering cloud computing solutions to suit everybudget. If you want to slash your IT ongoings, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’dbe happy to discuss your requirements, and recommend a solution that meets all of yourexpectations, while saving you money.
Uniquely tailored to suit you
Cloud computing is an umbrella term that covers many different categories of computing,including software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as aservice (PaaS).
When you migrate to the cloud, you have the unique opportunity to choose the exactcombination of infrastructure and software that your business needs, and how you consumethose services – whether that’s SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, or another method of your choosing.
Scalability: Meeting demand while minimizing costs
So, you’ve just won an exciting new client or project; your website has experienced a suddenspike in traffic, or you’ve managed to lure a team of talented employees away from your biggestcompetitor. These are all huge wins, but if your business can’t scale effectively then yourbiggest victories can quickly become your biggest headaches.
Traditionally, businesses have planned for sudden and unexpected growth, by purchasing andmaintaining additional hardware and software, including extra servers, storage capacity andsoftware licenses. However, this is a major financial investment, and it can take years beforeyour business actually requires any of this additional hardware and software.
Unlike traditional infrastructure, cloud computing can scale to provide exactly the capacity yourbusiness requires at that particular moment. For example, you might want to scale yourcomputing capacity during peak usage periods, and then drop some of these resources duringquieter periods, to help minimize running costs.
At Systems Assurance, our team of experienced industry experts can upgrade your cloudcomputing plan within minutes, so you can be confident that additional capacity will always beavailable, if you ever need it.
No need for plan B
What would you do if your server crashed right now? Do you have a team of experts on-hand,ready to start the backup process at a moment’s notice? How about a recovery plan, in case offlood or fire? Hopefully, disaster never strikes you business, but it’s vital that you’re prepared for the worstcase scenario.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), nearly 40% of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. Having a plan in place won’t prevent disasters from happening, but it can greatly increase your chances of surviving them.Traditional computing systems require a dedicated backup and data recovery plan, especially when those systems contain important data. Without a plan in place, a single system failure mayresult in permanent data loss, which can have disastrous consequences for your business.Implementing a backup and recovery system for your own data center can be expensive, andmay require specialist help. However, a reliable cloud provider should be able to offer youbuilt-in backup and data recovery options, which makes them one of the most reliable androbust methods of protecting your company data.
By migrating to the cloud, you can be confident that even if disaster strikes, your data willremain safe and accessible over the Internet.
Improved collaboration, even for distributed teams
For globally distributed organizations, cloud computing is one of the most effective ways topromote collaboration between employees who are located in different buildings, and potentiallyeven in different countries.
Cloud computing ensures that all of your employees have access to your company data,documents and other important items, but it also provides a central location where youremployees can be confident that they’re accessing the latest version of each item.
Traditionally, maintaining a “single source of truth” has been a major obstacle to successfulcollaboration, especially for globally distributed organizations. If you’ve ever tried to collaborateon a document with multiple people over email, then you’ll appreciate just how easy it is to windup with multiple versions of the same document!
By collaborating in the cloud, your geographically distributed teams can work on the latestversion of a document, project or any other item, without any of the misunderstandings andconfusion that can often prevent successful collaboration.
Replace unpredictable costs, with a scheduled payment plan
On-premise servers require ongoing maintenance, repairs, upgrades and many othermiscellaneous costs. You can budget for some of these expenses, for example servers typicallyrequire an upgrade once every 5 years, but other costs can be more difficult to forecast, such asrepairing a failing server or replacing damaged hardware.
A cloud provider can replace these ongoing, and often unpredictable costs with a monthly oreven an annual payment plan. Replacing unpredictable costs with predictable costs, is going tohelp you budget more accurately, which is important for businesses of all sizes, but can beparticularly crucial for startups and smaller businesses, who often work to tighter budgets.
Protection against mobile data theft
If you’re considering migrating to the cloud, then the security of your data should be a toppriority. When it comes to ensuring that your private data remains private, cloud services haveone important advantage over on-premise infrastructure.
For many businesses, it feels perfectly normal for employees to access work emails and othercorporate data on their smartphone or tablet – but this means that your typical employee iswalking around with a wealth of sensitive company information on their mobile device(s).If an employee misplaces their device, then you can quickly find yourself at the center of anembarrassing public relations disaster, as your company’s private information is made public,potentially resulting in loss of revenue, loss of customers, and damage to your reputation.Something as innocuous as an employee leaving their smartphone at their local coffee shop,could potentially have disastrous consequences for your business.
Now, imagine the same scenario, but you have the ability to remotely wipe the misplacedsmartphone, as soon as it’s reported missing.
Interested in learning more? Then check out our Top 7 Ways to Secure Microsoft 365, wherewe discuss why your employees’ smartphones and tablets represent such a huge security risk,and the steps you can take to protect your business from this growing threat.
Decrease the strain on your IT department
Are your IT department struggling to meet their deadlines? Have you noticed your staffresponding to emails late into the night, or checking in over the weekend?
If you place your employees under too much pressure, then they’ll inevitability start looking for anew job. No-one wants to lose their best employees, so if you suspect that the workload isgetting too much for your IT department then it’s vital you relieve some of that pressure.
Moving your business to the cloud is one of the most effective ways to remove the stress andstrain from an overworked IT department, as even tracking your company’s underlying serversoftware can be a time-consuming process.
By enlisting the help of a third party cloud vendor, your in-house staff will no longer be solelyresponsible for all of the setup, maintenance, upgrades, and database backups associated withon-premise infrastructure, leaving them free to focus on more important tasks.
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