Why Your Business Should Migrate To The Cloud
Apr 09 in News
Five reasons your small to medium sized business should migrate to the cloud
You’ve probably heard of the ‘cloud,’ but you might not be aware of all the benefits migration can bring you. The cloud is not a physical object, but rather a network of servers that run on the internet, instead of locally on your computer. Cloud computing enables your business to access a range of services and applications on the internet and allows you to store and share data online securely.
Migrating to the cloud and going on-demand isn’t just for large companies anymore. Small and medium sized businesses can also benefit from doing so and use the resources it provides to improve their operational efficiency.
Despite this, Federation of Small Businesses states that “less than half (40 percent) of smaller businesses in the UK use cloud services”. Failing to embrace this new technology can lead to missed benefits. It’s important for business owners to stay up to date with technological advancements that can help improve how their business operates, or they risk falling behind the competition.
Migrating your business to the cloud is now simple with the help of experts like Protec IT. Our experienced IT solution consultants will take the time to understand your business and design a solution that meets your current, as well as your future needs. What’s more, we will project manage the build, implementation and your migration, taking care to ensure minimal disruption to your business.
Moving to the cloud has never been easier. If you’re still unsure, here’s our top 5 reasons to move your business to the cloud:
1. Reduced Costs
Reducing operational costs is a major focus for all businesses. Establishing and running a traditional hard-wired data centre is expensive. The costs involved with buying the right equipment, plus paying IT professionals to install and manage the centre, quickly add up. When we migrate our clients to the cloud, we often see a change to their costs as, by using the cloud, they only pay for services used. We offer a range of packages to suit your budget. Cloud services also tend to have lower installation and maintenance costs, easier upgrades, and use less power – all of which will help save your business time and money. With Protec IT managing your cloud services, there’s no stress for you at all and you can get on with delivering your business. We will monitor any requirements and keep everything running smoothly in the background.
Financial experts at Bonhill Group state – “One of the major benefits of cloud computing is mobility. The service gives you and your employees the flexibility to work from any location.” Your team members can access data from any device, so long as they have an internet connection. With this in mind, you could even allow some employees to work from home, to reduce the amount of office space required and further save on costs.
According to E-3 Magazine – “One of the biggest challenges many small businesses face is infrastructure scalability. Businesses grow and shrink on a regular basis and when you’re a small business owner, trying to maintain a cost-effective data infrastructure can be especially challenging.” The cloud is ideal for businesses with growing bandwidth demands. If your needs increase, it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity using the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, this is simple as well.
Traditionally, businesses would plan for unexpected growth by purchasing and storing additional servers. Whereas with Protec IT managing your cloud solution, you can quickly and simply upgrade your package and we can provide you with additional storage whenever you need it.
4. Data Security
In this day and age, cybersecurity is extremely important and it’s vital that all businesses have procedures in place to prevent network security breaches. Storing data on the cloud is far safer than storing it on physical servers. A breach of security at your onsite premises, could lead to compromised data security if computers are stolen. However, when you have data stored on the cloud, you can delete any sensitive information remotely. Furthermore, the ability to backup data and store it virtually protects your business in the event of a natural disaster, power surge, or other unforeseen catastrophes.
5. Improved Collaboration
Cloud services allow businesses to operate more efficiently by enabling staff to collaborate more easily. When team members are able to share, edit, and review documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better. Cloud services allow staff to make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations. Cloud computing is, therefore, a great way to improve team performance, as well as the overall efficiency of your business.
Not moved to the cloud yet?
At Protec IT, we can project manage your migration without your business experiencing any downtime. By moving to the cloud, you can improve your efficiency, increase productivity, reduce the risk of security breaches, and save costs.
If you feel ready for those advantages and would like to discuss how to transition to the cloud, then contact our friendly team here and we can help you find the solution that’s right for you.