Cloud computing has been a corporate buzz-word lately, in the worlds of both business and technology, but the concept has been discussed since as early as the 1950’s and 60’s. Yet any scientists that discussed the concept at the time could not even imagine the explosion surrounding their science-fiction-eqsue theory. As of late, a full-blown industry has evolved around the concept of cloud computing that has generated an exponential amount of growth and productivity for individuals, small businesses, and large corporations.
Though some may be skeptical, possibly because it is a fairly new concept, cloud computing does wonders for personal and commercial businesses alike. From Netflix to Xerox, hugely influential companies you may use daily are switching to cloud computing. The transition to the cloud by these companies may have some influence on other businesses to make the big switch, but most companies are in it for more than their love of online streaming and color printers.
Cloud services improve the way businesses function in dozens of areas. Possibly one of the most important improvements is the increase in revenue it can generate, specifically when utilizing an MSP or IT service. Normally, without cloud services, companies have to buy servers and storage devices, in addition to the PC’s and software they already spend a considerable amount of money on. The cloud takes away the expense and space of bulky servers; not to mention the space, energy, and money it takes just to store, heat, and cool these servers to keep them running properly. This is particularly useful for small companies wishing to expand their business. Smaller companies may not have the funds necessary to buy pricy servers, and they also may not be entirely sure of how much space they need; buying a server that is too big will be a waste of space, and a server too small would just be a bad investment. A beauty of the cloud, however, is that it is scalable, meaning you can expand or restrict it to whatever size fits your company best. Another big issue with servers versus cloud services is the lack of security.
Doing a simple Google search gives you step by step instructions on how to hack a server, which could explain how so many college students successfully breach their school’s websites and data servers. This expands much further; health departments and retail corporations like Target have experienced costly data breaches. Cloud services can provide an extra layer of security if your business does experience a breach; the data recovery time for businesses in the cloud is found to be four times faster than that of their server-using counterparts. This saves hours to full days of time, and anyone who has experienced a data breach or server issue will know that a few hours can feel like years when there is nothing you can do but worry about your company’s security. It also provides security in knowing your data is recoverable in the event of a stolen laptop, crashed server, or the like.
Being in the cloud also means your data is reachable virtually anywhere. Possibly the biggest reason companies switch to the cloud for storage is because of its mobility. The cloud ensures that all your data and files will look the same no matter where you are. Whether you are making a presentation or simply working on-the-go, the cloud offers portability for your work. This is widely helpful for any business, as their employees can have access to their work in any place, from coffee shops to their homes. Small businesses are flying into the cloud because of this, as they require constant management to ensure their growth. Being able to access their data wherever they are can be a massive aid to these growing businesses. An end to bulky desktops is also a plus; companies in the cloud can use small terminal devices instead, which offer the storage space of a desktop computer, for a fraction of the price and size. The cloud is also a useful aid for larger businesses with multiple offices in multiple locations; you and your employees from across the country can have access to all the same files without having to make constant phone calls to request work to be sent via email.
Phones are also at an advantage, though, with the cloud. VOIP phones act like the cloud in a way, as they allow you to simply pick up your phone, dial an extension, and be connected to anyone in your company, including other offices in other locations. This makes it extraordinarily easy for large companies to reach anyone they need at any given moment.
Small businesses in their infancy and large corporations in their senility alike are benefitting from cloud services. Whether you are looking for extra security or mobility of your data, the cloud can be a positive alternative for storage. Moving to the cloud via an MSP is a safe way to transfer your data, as an MSP has the professional knowledge of how to make the switch. Switching to the cloud on your own can be dangerous and costly, as you may lose data and security- which would further cost money in repairs. MSP’s can also add security because they manage the cloud for you, saving you hours of time from trying to figure out how the mysterious cloud works on your own. An MSP will also have top-of-the-line security when protecting servers, and will have the proper heating, cooling, and storage the servers need. Choosing the right provider is important when deciding to virtualize your data. The right MSP will eliminate down time during your transition. Transitioning to the cloud is a huge step, but utilizing an MSP can help you transfer your data with ease, and the peace of mind that your data will be secure.