Moving To The Cloud? (Concerns/Solutions)

Are you leery about moving to the Cloud? Perhaps you’re not convinced that it’s the right thing to do for your business? Or maybe you’re afraid that you’ll lose your data? But if you haven’t tried cloud computing, you could be missing out on something that will improve the way your business operates. It’s time to take a look at what’s concerning you and compare this to the facts about moving to the Cloud.

What’s Stopping You From Moving To The Cloud?

Even though more companies are moving to the Cloud, some business owners and managers are overly cautious. But, this caution is preventing them from gaining the benefits that cloud computing has to offer. For most businesses, the Cloud increases efficiencies, productivity, and saves time and money.

If concerns are stopping you from moving to the Cloud, we have some solutions for you.

1. Are You Concerned About Data Security?

This is a common concern, especially with all the hacking and viruses circulating today. And when you store your confidential data in a cloud solution, you’re entrusting its safekeeping to a cloud service provider.

However, if you believe that your data is safer housed onsite in a server, you’re wrong. It’s more secure in the Cloud. Why? – Because it will be housed in physically secured, impenetrable data centers. If it’s at risk from a natural disaster, it will be transferred to a data center in another location.

When your data is stored onsite, it’s at risk from:

  • Physical theft.
  • Accidental deletions.
  • Destruction from fire, flood, or other natural disasters.

No matter what storage device you use onsite, your critical data will be more secure when it’s stored in a data center via a cloud storage solution.

Here’s an example of what we mean: The sensitive data of more than 80 million people were stolen from the servers of Anthem, which resulted in more than $100 million in damages.

If this data had been stored securely in the Cloud, it would have been protected and inaccessible to thieves.

2. Are You Concerned About Not Having Accessibility To Your Data?

Moving to the Cloud will provide increased accessibility rather than decreased. Cloud services ensure you have access to your data at any time from anywhere. This is true whether you migrate your entire IT infrastructure to the Cloud or just parts of it.

Cloud technology supports high availability, meaning whatever you store in the Cloud will be available to you even when your technology fails. If you experience power or Internet outages in your office, you can still access your data from your cell phone or a computer device in another location like your home. Data is accessible from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

Traditional computer setups mean that you must be in the same location as your data storage device. Using the Cloud removes this restriction.

Enhanced accessibility benefits your organization because when your authorized employees can connect to the Internet and your cloud, they can work securely on documents, access software, and store data. Some cloud solutions provide file-sharing and real-time collaboration capabilities to kick up your productivity even more.

3. Worried That You’ll Lose Control By Using The Cloud?

There are three types of cloud services you can subscribe to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). As we go down the list from 1 to 3, you’ll have more control over what you can do within the Cloud.

  • Software-as-a-Service – This is where you have access to resources and applications. You’ll have a physical copy of the software on your computer devices, but it’s synced in the Cloud so you can also access the same software on all of your company’s computing devices.
  • Platform-as-a-Service – This gives you the elements required to develop and operate applications over the Internet.
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service – With IaaS, you can outsource all of your storage and resources such as hardware and software. This is an excellent option for small businesses to help them save money.

In actuality, the flexibility of cloud pricing models can give you more overall control than purchasing software or hardware that you have to keep. It also provides scalability. Because you pay per user, you can increase your services in busy times and decrease them when business is slow. And if you were worried about cloud computing costing too much, we just addressed that concern as well!

What Else Worries You About The Cloud?

In conclusion, if you’re concerned about using the Cloud, take the time to identify your fears and discuss them with your IT service company. You may be missing out on services that can enhance your business and help it grow.

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