Every IT publication has delved into the topic of cloud computing and its countless benefits for businesses and consumers alike. If you use social media or Google Chrome, you’ve already experienced the cloud. But let’s dig a little deeper into why you should consider migrating your other apps and data there.
You’ve never had data security this strong
Any device that stores confidential information is a security risk, and all it takes is one misplaced employee laptop for your company data to fall into the wrong hands. But if that data is stored in the cloud, the loss or theft of a device isn’t as much of a problem. That’s because the person in possession of the device would find nothing in the local drive.
Furthermore, it is much harder to breach or steal data in the cloud than when it’s stored in on-premise servers. In fact, most data breaches like the Panama Papers leak stem from on-site server hacks. If you hire a third party provider, you leverage their technology and the expertise of their personnel to protect your data.
Your cloud provider will handle data backups
On-premise data requires you to put a backup and recovery system in place. It ensures you’ll still have your data if a natural disaster, office fire, or theft hits your facility. But with the cloud, your provider will handle all the data-backup hardware and software for you, monitor and maintain them, and react immediately when something goes awry. You save on time, effort, and investment.
You’ll save money in the cloud
Anyone who has been storing their data on-premise knows exactly how expensive it can get. You have to purchase the right equipment and hire expert-level technicians to install and manage it. In the cloud, however, everything is covered by your provider. You save on equipment and labor costs since you don't need to purchase, set up, or manage your own server.
Your employees can work anywhere, anytime
If a cloud-based server has an issue, the customers who use it will never know. That’s because cloud providers handle all the hardware and software maintenance for you, and before downtime can affect your solution, you’ll be switched to a secondary cloud server. What’s more, your employees will have access to the servers -- and therefore their data and productivity apps -- at anytime from any device and anywhere there is an internet connection.
When operations aren’t tied to a single computer, you can work on files from any computer. This flexibility eases collaboration between employees so they can work together on documents, presentations, and the like, even if they’re in different locations.
Your employees’ productivity will increase
Working on a project together is easy if employees are in the same place all the time. But what if some members of the team hold office in a different location or if they have to do field or remote work? Chat and email would usually suffice, but problems arise when changes to documents are required. The process then becomes extremely time-consuming as they have to exchange emails back and forth.
This is obviously not the case with the cloud. When all data is stored online, employees can view, edit, and share documents as needed and work on them simultaneously. Allowing them to update files on the go and in real time turns their productivity level up a notch. As the boss, it’s easier for you to monitor employee productivity, schedule meetings, track project progress, and approve or reject any changes.
Your business is easier top scale
Growth is almost always a good thing unless progress means you have to purchase and maintain a lot of additional hardware and software that you can’t afford.
Migrating to the cloud eliminates the need for additional equipment investment. With the help of a third party provider like Online Computers, you can add users and applications with the click of a mouse or a well-placed email request, no additional purchases required.
Give yourself peace of mind by migrating to the cloud. For more information on how it helps cut costs, improve workflow, and combat cyberattackers, give us a call today.
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