THE CLOUD IS NO LONGER THE FUTURE
The cloud no longer represents the future of computing, it's the present-and you can find services to handle every aspect of your small business' IT needs. Frequently touted as the future of business technology, cloud computing's biggest benefit is that it makes enterprise-quality technology affordable for small businesses. It lets them compete at previously unattainable levels. In fact, it's now possible to completely run your small business in the cloud.
Let's take a look at some of the benefits of moving your data to the cloud.
IMPROVED DISASTER RECOVERY
Moving your business data to the cloud can make disaster recovery (DR)—i.e., retrieving data in the event of a hardware compromise—easier and less expensive. You can even set up your system to back up data automatically to ensure you'll be able to recover the most up-to-date information in case of emergency.
INCREASED COLLABORATION AND FLEXIBILITY
For many businesses, moving to the cloud increases opportunities for collaboration between employees. Colleagues can sync and work on documents or shared apps with ease, often simultaneously, receiving updates in real time.
Additionally, cloud computing allows each team member to work from anywhere. The cloud centralizes your data, which means that you, your employees, and even your clients can access your company data from any location with Internet access.
As your business takes off, it’s easy to adjust your computing needs. Most cloud-computing is billed at a monthly rate, like a utility. (Though there are often discounts for “reserving” space on a yearly basis to cut costs.) So, if your business grows, you can just order more server space.
THE PROVISIONING COST IS NEAR ZERO.
In many cases, saving money is the biggest benefit of the cloud for your business. Moving to a “resource-as-a-service” model, whether it is a software or infrastructure changes, eliminates heavy capital expenditure and reduces scaling and downsizing costs.
As far as heavily regulated business IT applications are concerned, infrastructure needs to be as compliant as possible. Cloud-service vendors provide SLAs and certifications that ensure the compliance in relation to audit standards, which relieves the IT team of some of burden of compliance and auditing of these systems.
SAY GOODBYE TO COSTLY ONSITE PHONE SYSTEMS
Today even phone systems are hosted and manged in the cloud. A cloud hosted PBX service can give an organization the flexibility to manage their phone system from one centralized web portal. VOIP phones can be programmed and provisioned as needed with no additional hardware other than the phone itself.
While there are those who will raise some negative questions in moving data to the cloud, let's conclude with the following premise. Organizations are always concerned about their data, which is an organizations biggest asset besides its people. Your data is more secure in a data center managed by IT experts who know how to maintain it, keep it current, and deal with licensing, backups, malware, and redundancy, things many organizations are not typically equipped to manage internally.