In the old days, businesses were forced to rely on the capabilities of physical computers to run software programs and store important data. This was not only technologically limiting, but also inconvenient, as they were likely only accessible within the company’s offices.
Nowadays, cloud computing has transformed the way businesses operate and safeguard information, via the internet—and its popularity is growing. According to a recent report by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, 80 percent of U.S. companies are planning to increase their use of cloud managed services this year.
Yet whether or not your business chooses to move to the cloud depends on its unique needs.
What Is The Cloud?
The “cloud” is any software or service that runs on the internet rather than having to be downloaded onto your computer. The information is then stored in a physical server managed by a cloud computing server. You and your employees can access it from any Wi-Fi-enabled device, as long as there’s an internet connection. While the cloud can cater to individual users—who may utilize it to store personal photos and videos, for example—companies of all sizes have recognized its benefits and consequently migrated to cloud computing solutions.
Should My Company Be In The Cloud?
Cloud computing isn’t just useful for Fortune 500 companies. Small businesses can also benefit from this effective and affordable IT solution. According to a study by business and financial software company Intuit, nearly 80 percent of small businesses in the United States will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020.
However, every company has unique internal processes and protocols, which likewise means there isn’t a fully adaptable, one-size-fits-all IT solution, either. Whether or not your company should be in the cloud is determined by your specific business model.
“It’s all dependent on your needs and requirements,” explains Sandwire CEO Adam Schwam.
Benefits Of Being In The Cloud
Moving your company’s IT operations to the cloud offers a wide range of benefits, such as increasing efficiencies and improving productivity. Other advantages include:
Instead of purchasing costly traditional IT systems and equipment and racking up other related expenses, utilizing cloud solutions is a more affordable option. In fact, companies that adopt cloud services save, on average, more than 15 percent in IT spending, according to an analysis by IT management metrics firm Computer Economics.
Ensuring your data and services are safe from unexpected business interruptions lies at the heart of an effective business continuity plan. Whether the crisis entails an unforeseen accident or disastrous act of nature, storing your company’s critical and sensitive data in the cloud ensures it is safely and securely backed up, so you can continue services unimpeded. This also provides much-needed peace of mind.
Cloud services are easily adaptable to whatever ranges of requirements your business demands. Growth, customization, flexibility and adaptability are key characteristics of this next-level technology. Whether it’s a small-scale upgrade to remedy an immediate deficiency and improve efficiencies, or a larger revamp to add a full spectrum of new capabilities, cloud computing likely holds the perfect solution for you.
While no company is completely infallible, cloud-based IT possesses a certain inherent reliability, since it is easily accessible and its safety is not dependent on that of any singular manager at any individual company. Again, all your employees require are the proper credentials and a Wi-Fi connection. Talk about security and convenience!
Disadvantages of Being in the Cloud
Although cloud computing boasts the aforementioned benefits, several obstacles to its adoption exist. These considerations include:
Security & Privacy
According to a “Cloud Adoption Practices & Priorities Survey Report” by worldwide cloud computing research group the Cloud Security Alliance, 73% of respondents cited “concern about security of data” as the top challenge holding back cloud projects. This includes the risk of unauthorized users and hackers accessing sensitive data. Many cloud services do, however, employ advanced security measures to ensure confidentiality.
Inability to Transfer Files Or Switch Vendors
“Vendor lock-in” is a widely used term to describe customers who are dependent on the technology and services offered by one specific cloud computing vendor who can’t switch without experiencing significant complications, including tech incompatibilities and added costs—making expensive to migrate.
Requires Reliable Internet
Since these services are web-based, you’ll need reliable Wi-Fi.
“If all of your information is in the cloud, and the internet at your office is down, everyone is out of luck, unless they can work through some type of wireless or mobile device,” explains Sandwire’s Schwam.
Sandwire: The Perfect Solution
Weigh both the benefits and disadvantages of cloud computing when deciding whether it’s right for your business. Conduct plenty of research, but also consult with an experienced, knowledgeable profession, such as Farmingdale, NY-based Sandwire.
Sandwire has been a trusted leader in full-service IT management and cloud computing solutions for more than two decades, and possesses the expertise to remedy all associated issues, no matter the size of the business or required job.
Interested in moving your company to the cloud? Discover how Sandwire can help, today!