Businesses – particularly small businesses – are moving to the Cloud in droves, but why? What’s the big draw?
Cloud-based technology is often utilized to save the time and expense of installing the same technology on their own hardware. This is especially true for Cyber Security technologies. Over 70% of breaches are from the workstation, so VDI by design eliminates that weak-point.
Here are five more reasons small businesses are moving to the Cloud:
The first and perhaps most obvious benefit of moving to the Cloud after security is cost savings. When business tools and technology are being hosted in the Cloud, it eliminates the expense associated with physically storing and maintaining the resources that power that technology.
First, there’s the cost of the hardware itself. A mid-range Dell business workstation is approximately $1270, which is usually updated every four years. Then there’s the ongoing cost of keeping an IT team employed or contracted to make sure you’re covered in the event you need any help with your hardware. These monthly costs typically average over $70/user and can be much higher with your own server in the network. On-premises computing and support easily exceed $100/user per month. Whether you’re thinking of using the cloud for your business phone system, data storage, backup, disaster recovery, or practically anything else, chances are there are at least some cost savings to be had by utilizing the Cloud.
Another big advantage the Cloud has over on-site technology is the ability to scale quickly and easily. For example, if you were to try and store all of your business data on servers located at your place of business, you would need to buy new servers every time you wanted to expand your storage capacities. With Cloud storage, however, you can simply purchase more resources in the Cloud as you need them. You can also scale back when necessary, too, meaning less money wasted on resources you don’t need.
Because the Cloud is driven by the Internet, you can typically access Cloud-based technology from any device with an Internet connection. That means if you’re using Cloud storage like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive, you can save a document on your desktop or laptop from the office, then access the same document from your mobile device when you’re out and about.
The same is true with other services like Cloud phone systems. With a Cloud phone system, you can use a softphone app to make and receive calls on your mobile device as if you’re using your office phone. You’ll appear to have your same office number, and you’ll have access to much of the same features as you would with the physical phone in your office.
In addition to having access to data and business tools at all times with Cloud-based technology, the Cloud also allows multiple people to access the same data and tools and collaborate in real-time. For example, when you save a document to the Cloud, every person with access to it can see it in real time. In other words, this eliminates the need to go back and forth ensuring everyone has the same version.
Again, this is also true of a Cloud phone system. Many include status indicators, chat, and other features that allow team members within a business or organization to better collaborate in real-time.
Cloud services also offer the unique benefit of having added support on standby. Because the technology itself doesn’t live at your place of business, the maintenance and support do not fall to your IT staff. Instead, if there is an issue with a Cloud-based tool, all you have to do is report it to the service provider’s technical support and they are able to take it from there to resolve.
This is a huge advantage to small businesses who don’t like the idea of purchasing, maintaining, and fixing servers on their own for file storage, web hosting, phone systems, or anything else.