What is the Cloud?
In fact, you (and her) probably already use at least one Cloud-based service on a daily basis, especially if you listen to music via apps like Spotify, stream movies on Netflix, or even send emails. With so many businesses – big and small – embracing the technology and rapidly transitioning to the Cloud, it’s not a question of why we should move, it’s a question of when we will.
Work from anywhere, on any device.
When you have all of your important data stored safely in the Cloud, you can access it as you please from anywhere in the world – as long as you have an internet connection, of course.
So, whether you’re in the office, sitting on your sofa, or even lying on a beach whilst sipping a cocktail, you can respond to emails, work on documents and whatever else you need to do to keep your business running.
Collaborate in real-time.
Collaboration is key in the modern world, whether it’s having a second pair of eyes look over an important document or asking someone to add data to a spreadsheet you have created. Storing files in the Cloud allows lots of different people within your business to efficiently work on projects together.
Scale up and down as you please.
Operational agility is a core advantage of Cloud technology. What this essentially means is that you can easily increase its capacity when your business calls for it and, in a similar way, quickly decrease it if you no longer require the services.
This is fantastic news for organisations with fluctuating demands.
Avoid hardware setup fees.
Cloud adoption allows you to steer clear of costly hardware setup and management fees. The service is subscription-based, so it’s as easy as paying an electricity or water bill, rather than worrying about the installation of an onsite server.
Again, the actual upkeep of the Cloud is significantly less compared to having a server in your office. With the Cloud, you don’t have to worry about overheating, network failure or hardware failure; your Cloud service provider takes care of all of that for you.
The same goes for the computer you work from. There’s no need to panic if it is accidentally damaged, lost or stolen. Because everything is stored securely in the Cloud, you can continue to work on a different device whilst the issue is being sorted out.
Lower your energy bill.
Servers work hard every day and require a lot of electricity to power them. As you’re not continually running the machine at your office space, you should be able to enjoy lower energy bills. Every little helps, right?
What’s more, because the services are scaled up and down to cater precisely to your needs, you’re not wasting energy or the planet’s resources, which is an increasing concern for modern businesses.
Missing or stolen laptops can pose a real threat to your business’s security, potentially causing a breach of the sensitive details about your clients and staff. By migrating to the Cloud, you can be assured that, even if your device goes AWOL, your information is protected. Crucial data can also be remotely wiped from misplaced machines.
Moreover, the server it is remotely stored on will more than likely have enhanced security compared to if you kept it on your business premises. Cloud providers, like Microsoft and Amazon, are dedicated to keeping your data safe and spend billions doing so. They protect the physical drives and frequently update security software to protect against the latest malware.
As previously mentioned, if your hardware fails, or even if you just forget your battery charger one day, you don’t have to be concerned about business downtime. Simply pick up another device (even your phone) that is connected to the Cloud and you can get cracking on emails, editing documents… The possibilities are (almost) endless.
We believe that everyone should have a robust disaster recovery strategy. For smaller businesses, this is often put off due to the initial outlay and investment. However, the Cloud provides you with the opportunity to set up a quality recovery solution that won’t cost the earth.
If you are considering moving to the Cloud, please get in touch with one of our dedicated IT enthusiasts.