Christopher Lentz | March 12, 2014 09:45 AM
If you have been under a rock for the past five years, the cloud may be new to you. For the rest of us, the cloud is becoming more and more popular with each day. Though acceptance is not full spread at this point, the interest is certainly there for businesses of all sizes. Let's look at the cloud and how implementing some of your key services to it can vastly improve your business financially and technically.
If you are like most small and medium sized businesses, you watch your IT budget with a hawk-like eye. This usually means that software is often as new as it needs to be to maintain a working device. Sadly, this leaves your business open and vulnerable to a lot of potential threats both malicious and natural. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of moving things like Exchange and other key applications to the cloud is that you can get the latest version for a fraction of the cost. No more server licenses, no more client access licenses, and thankfully no more expensive Exchange Server licenses.
Unfortunately, when small businesses look into the cloud they forget to calculate in their costs for things like server maintenance, backup tapes/drives and taking them offsite for safe storage, and failed component costs. Add to that the costs of the server and the licensing and you have a hefty chunk of change coming out of the coffers. With the cloud you can let those worries and those costs go and begin feeling the security that your data is safe, backed up, and waiting for you to access it.
Another popular reason for adopting the cloud is to worry less and take on less liability in the event of a data loss or breach. Adequate cloud providers provide highly encrypted connections into your cloud environment to keep your data safe from prying eyes. This will make your lawyers breath a sigh of relief, not to mention your own relief. Finally, you can get some sleep and concentrate on your business instead of your IT; something we want to help you do more of.
If you are ready for the cloud or not, be sure to weigh in all the costs, actual and assumed. Painting yourself a clearer picture will pave the road for you to move forward more efficiently and effectively. As always, we would be glad to discuss how we can help you discover the cloud and get that piece of mind you have been looking for all these years.