6 Reasons To Move Over To The Cloud
In opinion / By Ellen Bowers / 06 July 2017
The way we store and transfer data has transformed enormously within our recent history, from floppy discs to USBs and now to the vast world of the cloud.
In our always-online lives, we’ve become used to keeping everything that’s important to us on the ever-accessible cloud. It seems inconvincible to us now that we used to be so restricted to using floppy discs and that data storage used to be so physical.
Thanks to cloud storage our files are always to hand whenever we need them. Choosing a cloud service however, isn’t a clear choice, it all depends on your needs. There are more secure options, options that offer more storage and services with increased file management and collaboration tools, so you can tailor your cloud provider to your needs.
If you or your business hasn’t made to jump over to the cloud – here’s 6 reasons why you should:
As long as you have a secure internet connection, everything that you need is at your fingertips. This flexibility ensures that cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with employees who are always on the go, the cloud offers the flexibility and scalability that in the past was an insurmountable obstacle for businesses restricted by on-site resources.
Most cloud services now also offer mobile apps so you’re no longer restricted by which device you have to hand. This allows your business to offer a more flexible working approach that is attractive to its employees, as it allows them to enjoy a more flexible work-life balance.
The cloud allows businesses to grow and expand quickly, smoothly and with ease after all who wouldn’t want to join a company who offered the option to work from home? One study reported that 42% of workers would swap a portion of their pay for the ability to telecommute, and on average they’d be willing to take a 6% pay cut.
Room to Grow
Moving over to the cloud offers another form of flexibility to your business, so is ideally suited to businesses with fluctuating bandwidth demands. Whether you need to expand or scale down your cloud capacity, it’s all easily done, this flexibility is embedded within the service, offering your business room to grow. This agility is cited as one of the main reasons businesses move over to the cloud. The key to successfully harnessing this opportunity is a flexible data security architecture that is adaptable across multiple applications and systems, while not adversely impacting the user experience.
For When Things go Wrong….
It is essential for all businesses to invest in a robust disaster recovery plan, and this is where cloud computing really comes into its own. Cloud computing delivers faster recovery times at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods, it really has your back when things go wrong.
As cloud computing is based on virtualisation, it takes an alternative approach to disaster recovery. With virtualisation, the entire server, including the operating system, applications, and data is encapsulated into a single software bundle or virtual server. This entire virtual server can be copied or backed up to an offsite data centre and spun up on a virtual host in a matter of minutes. This ensures that recovery time is dramatically reduced and helps things go smoother when disaster strikes.
Top Notch Security
The security of sensitive information is a big concern for businesses, and the loss of data can potentially be greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit. A single breach or leak of sensitive data can cripple the entire business, so how does the cloud help to keep your information safe? Cloud computing provides enhanced security as your data is stored within the cloud rather than on the machine itself, meaning that you can access it regardless of what has happened to your machine, you can even remotely wipe data from lost or stolen laptops so that it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
Time for an Update?
There’s nothing more frustrating than when a deadline is looming and you’re stuck waiting for your software to update. With cloud computing this frustration is a thing of the past, as the servers are off-site, suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. Sounds good to us!
You’re in Control
Collaborative working can be a cause of frustration within a business, the more people working on a document, sending files back and forth as email attachments usually results in a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles. And as even the smallest companies become more global, the scope for complication rises. According to one study, "73% of knowledge workers collaborate with people in different time zones and regions at least monthly".
Cloud computing means you have access to all your documents stored centrally and everyone can only view one version of the truth. This leads to greater collaboration within the business without any of the added confusion.
Nasstar’s experience in delivering IT solutions, business workflows and streamlined processes to the professional services sectors enables us to design an end to end solution that fits your business specifically. We understand the industry, we understand the applications, and we understand the services you provide to customers. Most of all, we understand the technology that underpins all of this.