The technologies in which your firm invests should support a strategy for growth and ROI, rather than act as a barrier to a firm’s success. Businesses from different industries are turning to cloud services to store, manage and process data.
A typical business invests in entry-level software, then adds business applications as needs evolve. At some point this becomes unsustainable and an organisation will need to evaluate new IT strategies, allowing for systems that work together to support growth. Ultimately, your IT infrastructure needs to be aligned with the needs of your business and what IT solution you choose depends on your own unique situation.
Here are our top key advantages of cloud computing:
One major challenge many organisations face when it comes to adopting cloud computing solutions is the issue of security. The fear is that if data is not securely kept on site, how can one ensure it’s safe? To begin with, a cloud host’s offsite servers has stringent security measures that prevent any form of data breach. They typically require the most powerful firewalls, access credentials and security protocols to make sure business managers are comfortable storing critical information on their servers. Remember, securing data is their full-time job, whereas an organisation must divide its efforts between multiple IT concerns, security being only one of them. Read more about some of our recommended strategies to prevent data leakage in cloud computing here.
If an additional layer of security is needed, organisations can use third-party tools, rather than relying solely on the cloud vendors own security. By using an additional layer of encryption, for example, companies can ensure that even if the cloud provider gets hacked their data should remain secure. If you additional security needs, please contact our expert IT team today.
Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery
Cloud backup solutions play an essential part of a comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity strategy. Cloud-based disaster involves sorting and maintaining data in the cloud as a security measure. Since all of your data is stored in the cloud, it is relatively easy to back it up and restore in the event of a man-made or natural catastrophe.
Downtime in any business leads to lost productivity, revenue and brand reputation. While there may not be a way to 100% prevent any disaster that could potentially harm your organisation, there is something you can do to help speed your recovery. With a cloud-based server, all the information you've uploaded to the cloud remains safe and easily accessible from any computer with an internet connection, even if the computer you regularly use isn't working.
Perhaps, the most significant benefit of cloud computing is considerable IT cost savings, regardless of the size of your organisation. Moving to the cloud will allow your business to reduce capital expenditures by reducing spending on IT equipment, infrastructure and software. Rather than spending a large part of your IT budget on hardware, software or licensing and renewal fees, you will be using the resources of your cloud service provider. As the cloud is utility based, you only pay for what you need when you need it, so you won’t be spending big money on services you won’t use.
Flexible IT Infrastructure
Cloud computing allows businesses to be flexible, adapting to the changing needs or demands of the market.
Scalability and flexibility are often a sign of competitiveness because it means an organisation is ready to handle an influx of demand, increased productivity, changing needs and a competitive advantage. The question to ask is whether your current IT infrastructure can rapidly respond to meet new demands, either in size or volume. With the use of cloud services, your business can scale up or down operation and the resource storage needs of your business, allowing for flexibility as the needs change.
Cloud Computing with Datek…
We believe in making IT simple to understand and easy to use. We don’t use a one-size-fits-all approach. We get to know your business and everyone in it, what it needs and how we can support you to give the best solutions at the best possible prices. Contact our expert IT team today.