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Is It Time To Move Your Business To The Cloud?

By Jim Reams|March 29th,2018|Cloud Services,Disaster Recovery|No comments

If your business handles a lot of data and you’ve been around for a while, it’s likely you have hardware like servers and routers to handle all that data. And you might be wondering, as those servers reach capacity again, if it is time to move to the cloud. Here are a few things to consider about making such a move.

Budget

clouds as sunsetIt is likely that moving to the cloud will save you money in the long run. Keeping and maintaining a data center is expensive. And you have to pay for everything you buy, whether you use it or not. With cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can find plans that let you pay for only the storage you use. And you don’t need to have expensive IT professionals on staff full time. You can leave that up to your Network Services company.

Scalability

A lot of businesses have fluctuating needs when it comes to data management, like retailers who have a spike in sales during the holiday season or an education data company that has spikes during testing periods or the beginning of the school year. Using the cloud lets you easily scale up and back depending on your needs so you only pay for what you use.

Security

You may have heard something like, “there is no cloud, it is just someone else’s computers.” Well that’s true if that someone else has those computers in a secure locked-down site with closed circuit cameras, 24 hour security, and limited access by only a few people. Legitimate cloud services providers make sure they have the latest in security in place to protect your data and keep it away from unauthorized eyes.

Disaster Recovery

Natural and man-made disasters rarely give you advanced warning to properly backup your data. By having your business based in the cloud instead of hard drives and servers in your office means that in the event of is disaster like a fire or flood, your business can carry on without much of a hitch.

Increased Collaboration and Productivity

In today’s world, emailing documents with different chronological versions or sharing them on a flash drive has gone the way of pagers and DOS. Using collaboration tools like Google Apps for Office lets your team collaborate in real time, including version tracking and commenting. Live chat apps like Slack and Google Hangouts make it easy for team members to work remotely.

There may be some growing pains at first when you decide to go with cloud migration, especially for people who are resistant to any kind of change. But if you’re seriously considering it, then it is probably time to make the move.

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