Cloud computing has been growing as a technology in recent years, and businesses of all sizes are signing up for cloud services in an attempt to improve their everyday operations. However, although the decision to move to the cloud can often be a sound one, many businesses are rushing into such arrangements without carefully assessing the true worth of the cloud with regard to their particular operation.
The cloud certainly offers unheralded storage capacity and computing power. And there are a host of other advantages to this relatively new technology as well. Perhaps the most obvious benefit of the cloud over traditional computing is its scalability. The cloud can grow with a business as its requirements develop, thus ensuring that there is no need to purchase excessive capacity. Cloud computing is precisely designed to grow with the demands of a business, and this makes it a good choice for businesses of all sizes.
Another obvious advantage is that it negates the need to spend money on expensive hardware. By hosting companies’ data in off-site locations, the cloud pretty much ensures financial savings for businesses when implemented correctly.
Additionally, the cloud provides great convenience for companies. Evolving cloud solutions and packages such as Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint ensure that staff can work away from the office, greatly increasing a business’ mobility. While technology such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which is often employed in collaboration with the cloud, enables staff to use their own mobile technology in accordance with company networks and systems, providing further convenience.
But migrating to the cloud should not be undertaken lightly. There is currently a big debate about whether public, private or hybrid cloud services are the future of the technology, and before deciding to migrate data and / or operations to the cloud it is important to consider precisely what you require. More security-focused operations, for example, are generally better confined to the private cloud.
Migrating data to the cloud is also potentially a huge project. Not only is transferring this data complex in itself, but also managing the switchover from traditional information technology to cloud-based systems can be a real challenge, particularly for small businesses.
It is also important to consider whether the specific qualities of the cloud will actually benefit your business. Cloud Solutions have been traditionally implemented in healthcare and financial services, where its mobility, security and data analytics potential have been particularly useful. But it only makes sense to switch to this still embryonic technology if the particular qualities of the cloud are actually required by your business.
Technetics is ideally placed to advise you in this matter, as we have vast experience in providing managed IT services and solutions to companies in a variety of industries. Not only do we provide Award Winning cloud solutions, but we also offer a consultancy service which will assist you in making the right decision about cloud for your business. Having worked with corporate clients all over Australia, we understand the specefic needs and considerations of small to Large enterprises.
So give us a call today on 1300 853 453, and we can start the process of sharing our experience with you. Alternatively, you can get more information by visiting our newly launched service the Cloud Readiness Audit.