Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the standard for business computing, but if your business has an old-school, hardware based set-up, you may not be sure if moving to the cloud is right for your business data. You likely already used cloud based applications in your personal computing activities, and there is a good chance that at least some of your employees are using cloud applications in their roles (an activity that you should have tight control over). But perhaps you haven’t migrated all of your sensitive data to the cloud yet.
You should. Cloud Computing is the right choice for your business’ IT needs. Here’s why:
1. You have aging IT equipment.
Not long ago the state of Kansas was unable to process requests at DMV offices statewide for several days. The reason? Their eight year old servers had finally crashed. If they had moved to the cloud they would have avoided this costly downtime. Most cloud providers include hardware upgrades in the monthly cost.
2. There are seasonal swings in your business that affect your network capacity.
Retailers know this one only too well. The rush up to Christmas is crazy, and there is never enough capacity. But then it gets slow for several months after January 1. With cloud resources you can scale up and scale down as you need to, without carrying the cost of that capacity all year long.
The cloud can be scaled up or down to meet your network needs, even if you boom during the holidays and slow down during the summer months. This means no more system overloads or purchasing equipment with a workload capacity you only need once a year.
3. Your business is growing rapidly.
That’s great! The cloud can grow with you, so you can easily add employees, locations or applications as you need them. Not only this, but instead of focusing on building out your IT infrastructure, you can focus on growing your business’ profits.
4. You are testing new geography or opening new locations.
You’ll need to make your applications and tools available in all locations for employees to work as needed. What better way than anytime, anywhere access to your business’ applications in the cloud? With the cloud, all you need at that new location is an internet connection. This reduces the risk of expansion on the IT side considerably.
5. Some of your staff work mostly from home or on the road.
If your team travels a lot, or they work from home, the cloud offers an ideal secure solution for working outside of the traditional office. All personnel need is internet access to tap into your remote office.
6. You are looking for ways to free up cash for your business.
Your accountant will tell you that the cloud is an Opex, not a Capex. And that is a good thing. But not only that, the numbers are in and typically a cloud implementation costs at least 58% less.
7. Your business is a startup.
With the cloud, you don’t have to worry about investing in a lot of infrastructure. Cloud computing eliminates a large portion of a company’s initial investments in technology infrastructure, plus you know it’s done right and managed appropriately from the start. Use that cash directly towards sales and marketing, and all the other things a new business requires, secure in the knowledge that your IT is being done right.
There are many compelling reasons to make the shift to cloud computing, and very few reasons not to. Cloud computing is as, or more secure than the traditional in-house model, and can offer peace of mind about your data security that you simply wouldn’t otherwise have. If you feel ready to move to the cloud, or you’d like to know more about how to make the shift, give us a call, or send us a note using the form below. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.