Cloud Services: 5 Reasons to make the move
Investing in technology isn’t a simple process. It involves due diligence. Businesses need to understand what the requirements are now and best prepare for a relatively unknown future.
They also need to research all available options, and exercise that can prove both mentally taxing and perplexing. Research means uncovering threats previously not accounted for and learning about solutions that are otherwise unheard of yet invaluable.
Cloud services, while far from a new concept, have become one of those technologies seldom thought of. After all, today’s world is all about ease-of-access. Users expect to receive email, seamlessly access CRMs and other mission-critical applications, while on the go.
And they should.
Cloud services are capable of enabling these and other important applications to work synergistically to serve your business.
If you’ve been on the fence about cloud services, this blog post is for you. We’ll explore five business-related benefits of moving to the cloud.
1. Stronger Security
According to CIO Africa, one of the most common fears IT managers have in 2019 is related to security. Being able to protect one’s network from hacks and viruses is a threat that never dissipates.
Cloud services are largely more effective at dealing with threats than in-house IT services. This is because cloud services offer stronger protection (think larger investments in enterprise security solutions) that would otherwise exceed the budgets of a single entity.
What would a severe hack cost you?
Food for thought.
2. Compliance and Upgrades
Like security, the road to compliance and managing software upgrades can be equally daunting. It involves keeping up with the use of licenses across hardware and ensuring that updates happen expediently to prevent threats from becoming realities.
Moving to the cloud does away with the need to constantly track compliance and manage upgrades on server hardware. Cloud solutions automatically include compliance and upgrade paths that ensure businesses never fall behind.
Investing in on-premise hardware isn’t cheap. Server costs and maintenance aside, the overhead of bloated support teams is often overlooked.
Migrating to the cloud does away with the costs of purchasing new server equipment, software licenses can be better managed, and less oversight is required as server hardware maintenance is no longer required.
Finding a continuity solution can be a painful exercise. You need to account for all mission-critical applications, data storage requirements, security and up-time.
Sophisticated cloud solutions take care of these and other concerns. Businesses are able to rely on state-of-the-art recovery and redundancy features that ensure up-time. And in South Africa, where our power crisis has become a serious inhibitor to economic growth, all enterprises need reliable continuity solutions.
While users often take remote access for granted, it’s still a valuable feature. However, on-premise hardware solutions, if not properly specked and maintained, can cause bottlenecks.
Sluggish servers and applications can be the root of many a productivity nightmare.
As cloud services are managed on state-of-the-art hardware, applications are able to thrive. Your team can get work done from any location as long as they have a steady Internet connection.
While migrating to the cloud involves more than the consideration of these five reasons, they indicate clear benefits for organisations. You’ll still have to understand how the rest of your technology infrastructure works to ensure that you account for all scenarios. However, once explored, the steps to migration and the future of your business tech stack can be designed and managed efficiently.