In less than a decade, the cloud has evolved from a concept that only techy people understood to something that’s become the norm. The increase in consumer uptake for personal use has also made the cloud and its concepts easier for people to understand at a business level.
This guide has been written to explain the different options that are open to you. It might reinforce that your current set up is spot on. Or it might give you some powerful ideas to explore, to gain greater flexibility and productivity.
It’s no exaggeration to say that cloud computing has revolutionised the way people do business; so much so that 88% of UK organisations have now adopted it in some form. And this is where the fun begins. Because there are an infinite number of ways to implement the cloud for your business.
Some businesses go all in, transferring everything to the cloud. Others stick with a hybrid solution; keeping the benefits of some on-site servers and technology. There’s no right or wrong way to do it; just what’s best for your specific business. It’s why you should always get an experienced, professional IT support company to pull together a technology strategy for you.
Let’s start at the beginning…
You’ve probably already got a reasonable idea of what the cloud is all about. But just to be sure, we’ll start by explaining it in simple terms.
Cloud computing is the delivery of IT services like storage, servers and business software over the internet. It’s everywhere in technology, so even if you’re not using the cloud at work you almost certainly will be in other areas of your life. Emails, messaging apps, online banking and much more all work in the cloud, and the opportunities for instant communication are practically endless.
The vast majority of organisations are already using the cloud in some way. For most companies, the two biggest benefits of adopting cloud services are simplicity and cost.
Moving to the cloud can also mean there’s less downtime, not to mention all the productivity boosting benefits that come with being able to work remotely. Organisations suddenly become more streamlined, more efficient, and more flexible than ever before. In short, using the cloud is great for business.
Of course, there are concerns too. Worries around security, loss of control and the willingness of long-standing staff to adopt a new way of doing things all play a part. And although most people now understand the concept of the cloud, there’s still a lot of confusion around the different offerings and what they mean in practice.
Each type of cloud service and the method of using it comes with different levels of control, flexibility, and management. Understanding the differences between them, as well as knowing a bit about the different strategies used to bring them to life, are essential in the decision-making process. This is where this month’s guide can also spread some light on different ways to use the cloud in your business.
Decisions about your IT infrastructure and way you protect your data are some of the most important you have to make. They will have a material effect on the productivity and growth of your business.
So, if you’d like to discuss the above in more detail, or have any other IT related questions, please feel free to give us a call on 020 72 41 22 55 or fill out our contact form and we’ll quickly get back to you.