While using the cloud for business has been around for a few years, many businesses have not yet transitioned. The cloud utilises networks to share documents and services, allowing for streamlined working.
Many businesses are concerned about the cost of the cloud for business, but the returns are greater. Cloud services are usually a pay-as-you-go scenario, so you can add and remove extras when needed. Projects can get underway swiftly as everyone would have access to the files needed from the start, saving time.
Files can be backed up with ease in multiple places for redundancy and can be accessed by multiple users simultaneously. This can act as a fallback too, should something happen to a local physical server or the user’s computer. Providing the documents have been saved to the cloud, they can all be retrieved again so nothing is lost. This creates a strong disaster recovery plan, as well as being a loss prevention method too.
As your business grows, it is likely your need for storage will too. Cloud solutions allow you to add and remove extra space when needed. This is easier than needing to purchase servers and licenses separately, as well as removing the need for maintenance. Speeds are generally faster too and are more reliable than their physical counterparts.
Some programs can be run from the cloud, meaning the load is put onto the server, rather than the users’ computers. The advantage of this means you may not need devices with large amounts of storage or memory for certain programs. Working from home becomes easier because software can be accessed via the cloud. The user can use these programs from a different computer wherever they may be. If the program was installed locally on their work computer in the office, it would be more difficult to access these while working remotely.
There are three main types of cloud hosting that will suit each business differently. They depend on the scale and needs of the company in question.
A private cloud is physically inside your building, usually maintained by your IT department. This means you have complete control of your storage. This option is commonly used for storing confidential information due to the extra security held. Consequently, this is a more expensive option but will provide you with more flexibility and privacy.
For public cloud solutions, the cloud company you use will maintain and host the servers on your behalf. While all of your data is still private to you, the server itself will have a shared infrastructure. This solution is often cheaper and works well for most sized businesses.
A hybrid cloud solution is when you have both a public and private server. Some businesses prefer to keep confidential or sensitive data on-site while keeping other files off-site in a publicly hosted cloud. Placing resources on the appropriate servers can improve access too.
Our IT Support services can help advise you on which cloud-based service is most appropriate for you.
Moving over to the cloud for your most important operations can make working from home seamless. As previously mentioned, programs based on the cloud can be accessed from anywhere, providing you have an internet connection. You can also view documents from wherever you are without needing an overly powerful laptop. You could even work from a tablet or phone if the relevant apps are available.
Overall, moving your company to the cloud will future-proof your business and provide disaster recovery and continuity. It will give you scalability and allow for easier remote working if necessary. Fluent can guide you through the process of converting to the cloud and finding the best solution for your business needs. Contact us today to find out how we could help you.