The cloud is quickly becoming the default data storage option for modern enterprises and organizations across industries. Many companies are either already on the cloud or planning a migration in tandem with their digital transformation process. Cloud computing increases efficiency reduces costs while providing higher security for data storage. Migration to the cloud can offer a host of benefits and little downside for SMEs especially. Here is why you should consider moving your business to the cloud.
Data security is the number one concern for businesses to move to the cloud. Sensitive data stored on-premise is vulnerable to cyberattacks which are on the rise. Third-party cloud security service providers offer sophisticated and the very latest cybersecurity measures that are superior to in-house IT solutions. Business owners can access their data anytime, anywhere across any device as it is stored on the cloud.
Flexibility & Collaboration
Cloud computing offers mobility and flexibility which has become essential in remote work situations during the pandemic. With cloud-based platforms, employees can log in from anywhere to complete their tasks. These platforms enable collaboration among teams and keep everyone on track with real-time updates on projects and deadlines. For example, Microsoft Team suite can help team members collaborate on projects, hold virtual meetings, and update everyone on the project progress.
When a business expands geographically, they are likely to face challenges and large expense in setting up centers in multiple locations. Geographically distributed teams will need to collaborate and connect, and data storage requirements will grow. Businesses usually have to plan for more expenditure on IT infrastructure in advance before considering any expansion – this would include server storage capacities, licenses, and so on, which need to be on-premise long before scaling up. Cloud computing will enable remote employees to easily access work via the internet and gives access to more storage capacity. Scalability becomes easy, as you can instantly upgrade to using more features and tools as your business grows.
Establishing and running data centers on-premise can be expensive, more so for SMEs. They will need to purchase the equipment and hire teams to install, manage, and maintain the center. Cloud computing on the other hand, offers business owners to pay for only the services they use which is highly cost-effective.
Planning and implementing a disaster recovery strategy on-premise can be a bit of a nightmare for business leaders. Limited budgets and fewer resources can be big obstacles for SMEs to implement a good disaster recovery strategy which would make them vulnerable to several risk factors. Cloud disaster recovery systems offer rapid implementation, automatic back-ups of data. Additionally, there will no onsite hardware building/maintenance costs as you can pay for what you use and scale up as required.
The benefits of cloud migration are plenty and it is increasingly becoming a must for businesses to stay relevant in competitive markets. SMEs considering business expansion and digital transformation should think about cloud migration. Partnering with a trusted IT services provider can help SMEs navigate the cloud migration more smoothly. Tricon Infotech has led large multinational enterprises and start-ups to achieve their tech and digital goals over two decades. Connect with us to learn how we can help your business leverage the cloud to reap maximum benefits.