Why Move Your Data Center to the Cloud?

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So, you keep hearing about the cloud, but haven’t made the move with your business yet.  You probably have questions and concerns about how to adopt cloud computing and how it will affect your business infrastructure.  Or you may just be wondering if it even makes sense for your company altogether when factoring costs, efficiency, timing, etc.  Here is a list of the top five reasons over half of all U. S. companies have switched to cloud computing.  These are worth considering in making the decision for your company.

Here is a list of the top five reasons over half of all U.S. companies have switched to cloud computing.Click to Tweet

1.  Affordability – Cloud computing proves to be cost effective for companies both large and small.  Smaller businesses particularly seem to benefit as the cloud offers them the ability to compete with much larger companies.  Suddenly, all the services and benefits that very large companies have been able to offer in the past are available for even the smallest of business owners to use and offer their clients.  There’s no need to invest in your own servers since you are basically using a small portion of someone else’s hardware.  Also, there is less overhead for IT infrastructure.

2.  Security – You may think that having all of your business information in the cloud seems risky, but actually it proves to be more secure than using your own hardware.  Your employees may not be as vigilant as you’d like where security is concerned or your system may fall prey to a virus costing you downtime and expense in getting the issue resolved.  Cloud service providers have more advanced security measures that are maintained and updated on a regular basis without the need to even think about it.

Cloud computing proves to be cost effective for companies both large and small. Using the cloud makes it easier to work remotely or collaborate with your off-site employees.Click to Tweet

3.  Scalability – Cloud storage easily and automatically grows as your business grows. If your needs increase, you simply use the remote servers to meet your needs.  Then, if your needs decrease for a period of time, you simply use less and your cost decreases as well, which is practically the definition of efficiency.  This type of flexibility can give your business a real advantage over competitors who need to adjust their on-site capacities to continually meet their needs.

cloud computing4.  Low Maintenance – The benefits of being able to use your IT professional for more than just “putting out fires” will be a great boon for your business.  Suddenly, that person will be available for other matters as you can look forward to automatic updates, increased control, and much faster disaster recovery.  Along with all this, you will be pleasantly surprised to experience faster speeds and greater reliability leading to increased user satisfaction.

5.  Portability – Using the cloud makes it easier to work remotely or collaborate with your off-site employees.  The ability to share documents easily and instantly will lead to increased productivity no matter where your employees are based.

Yes, the cloud works with your legacy system and can even improve the performance of it.  Yes, it can make software faster and customizable.  No, it’s not a difficult transition.  Still have questions?  Give us a call, or contact us online.  We can assist you in weighing the costs for your company, so you can determine if it’s right for you.

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