Cloud computing is often promoted as a way to help businesses do more with less while maximizing their resources, budgets, and growth. But how do businesses actually use cloud technology and what is involved once the decision is made to migrate to the cloud? In the article below, we will explain some of the benefits of cloud technology and why so many businesses are choosing to use it.
One of the top advantages that attract businesses to cloud technology is the flexibility. Being able to grow and change as your business develops is an incredible feature. Using cloud technology also delivers a reduction in costs, typically in the form of hardware savings and employee resources. Business owners also find that saving and storing files in the cloud is easy to use and the automation technology makes it even easier to keep file systems up to date and maintained.
How small businesses use the cloud can vary according to their unique needs but there are a number of common ways that many businesses use cloud technology.
Images, audio, and video files are commonly used by small businesses in their marketing efforts; however, the large size of these files can quickly fill up hard drive space and it can be costly to add more physical storage. Cloud storage, on the other hand, is frequently used by businesses to store large files, such as media so that local storage can be freed for files that employees need daily access to.
Backing up your data is essential to avoid losing everything should a disaster, cyber-attack or system failure occur. Cloud technology makes it simple to consistently back up your data, plus it typically creates copies of your data that are stored off-site and kept safe from theft, disaster or system failure.
Cloud technology makes information sharing practically effortless. Whether your business has remote teams or in-house associates, file sharing is incredibly quick and simple. Once your business’s data has been backed up, it can be shared with simply a link versus trying to upload and email large files.
Whether you have employees that occasionally work from home or in the field, cloud computing makes it easy to create completely functional mobile offices. Files and data can be synced and accessed when needed so that your employees can essentially take their office with them.
Small businesses rely on the scalability of cloud technology to create a plan for their business growth. With the cloud, business owners only have to pay for what they need and can increase or decrease usage as required. Using cloud technology eliminates the need to place a significant up-front investment in hardware and other resources. In fact, many businesses can reduce or completely eliminate their need for an on-site IT support team as their Managed Service Provider will typically offer 24/7 support.
When most businesses make their transition to cloud technology, they often find the biggest challenge isn’t the actual cloud adoption but instead, staff and processes that need to change in order to adapt. At MBC, we overcome this hurdle by providing a clear cloud migration roadmap, called CloudReach that enables businesses to properly plan, execute and optimize their cloud service so that they can achieve maximum results.
Now that you know how many businesses use cloud technology to their advantage, get a free assessment today to learn how you can adopt cloud technologies faster with MBC.