Why should business owners make the switch to the cloud? Cloud solutions come with a broad level of benefits that will make your life easier. Are you a startup business? If so, investing in the cloud means that you do not have to put as much money into $30,000 servers, and then pay money to have them maintained. It also gives you the benefit of added security because there are no centralized servers in the cloud. What that means is that if fire, earthquake or hardware failure result in data loss, you will still have access to your most essential applications. Especially if you are a small business, you cannot afford to experience heavy downtime for days or even weeks. When that takes place, an overwhelming number of businesses go under.
A Smooth Migration
We never recommend that customers switch over to the cloud all at once if they have a lot of critical data in their servers because you have to sit down and take the time to plan your migration. For example, create a list of the most critical applications that you have and make sure that they will transition well. In some cases, there have been applications that do not make that transition smoothly, and it can cause a lot of problems when you jump into it blindly. The proper planning can prevent a lot of tears of frustration later.
If you already have a lot of data on your servers, sometimes we recommend that customers take a more hybrid solution. A hybrid solution means that you have not put everything on the cloud, but kept some of your data back on the servers. There are benefits of choosing a more hybrid solution. For example, you still keep total security over your most essential applications, but you have the benefit of a lower cost solution compared to keeping everything on your servers. The biggest problem with switching over to the cloud is how it does have a few security flaws, but when you choose a hybrid cloud solution, you can choose what you want to put on the cloud and what stays on the servers.\
In many cases, you will be given guaranteed uptime when you choose one of the cloud solutions. If the company that you have chosen fails to give you that amount of uptime, you will be entitled to a full or partial refund, depending on the terms of the contract. Instead of having to maintain servers and make sure that your servers remain updated, the company that you have chosen will do that work for you. That becomes important because you can then focus on the core elements of your business. If you are not a tech person, then you have less capability to handle technology problems than what a qualified and trained tech person has. They have undergone a rigorous testing phase that has helped them to develop greater knowledge of technology so that they can help businesses to align their goals with their technology. That means greater efficiency, and if there is a valuable upgrade that they see, they can make a good recommendation based on it.
Less Demanding Than Servers
The upkeep of servers can become a lot of hassle. While it does grant you greater control over your data, you can still choose a hybrid solution so that you will have the best of both worlds. In other words, you enjoy the lower cost associated with the cloud while still keeping total security over your data. In addition, you do not have to worry about maintaining the servers, and if something goes wrong, it’s not your problems. That is why you are paying them.
Over the years, cloud solutions have received a lot of hype, and it is not all unwarranted. You have a lot of benefits that go with choosing a cloud solution over other choices.