For many people, this month is the one-year anniversary of quarantining for COVID-19. From not seeing extended family to wearing a mask every day, this year has tested many Americans. Some of the most affected have been small and medium-sized businesses. In the blink of an eye, these organizations had to scramble to meet the demands of a remote workforce when they may not have been prepared.
If this situation sounds familiar to you, it may be time to migrate to business cloud solutions. Making the switch to the cloud can see daunting if you do not know much about it. This blog will explain everything you need to know about the cloud and help you get started on migration.
What are Cloud Solutions?
It is nearly impossible not to have heard about the cloud by now, but perhaps you are still wondering what it is or why it is important. Essentially, cloud solutions are software or services that are accessed through the Internet rather than locally on physical servers or computers. There are different types of cloud solutions available too.
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) refers to cloud-based infrastructure resources that are delivered to organizations via virtualization technology that help companies build/manage their servers, networks, operating systems, and data storage. IaaS give users cloud-based alternatives to on premise infrastructures so businesses can avoid investing in expensive on-site resources. In other words, IaaS is basically a virtual data center.
SaaS (Software as a Service) is cloud-based software that is hosted online by a company, available for purchase on a subscription or license basis, and delivered via the internet. Some examples include Microsoft 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud.
Why Migrate to Business Cloud Services
Now that you know more about the cloud, let’s dive into some of the benefits of cloud-based solutions.
When businesses consider cloud migration, their biggest concern is security. That is totally understandable! The good news is the cloud can be even more secure than traditional servers. That may sound unbelievable, but when you consider the massive amount of encryption put into maintaining data, it becomes clear.
Encryption is a way of mixing up data so only authorized parties can understand it, and it keeps data more secure by converting it into a code with complex algorithms. Cloud-based encryption is vital to a small or medium-sized business as they are the victims to 43% of cyber-attacks. Hackers are only getting smarter too, so it is important to have the best defenses available.
Migrating to the cloud is frees your organization from constraints. As your business scales up or down, the cloud will too. There is no longer a need to make physical room for more servers or have wasted hardware and software that will not be used anymore. Because there is no physical element to the cloud, scaling is easy.
The cloud gives you total control. No matter how big your business gets, the cloud will be right by your side growing with you.
In the long run, cloud migration will save you money. As discussed previously, the cloud is scalable. This means you only pay for what you use. Your cloud service provider will only deliver what you need, so there’s no need to waste money expanding your server room.
Cloud migration also means you can free up human capital. Hiring IT professionals is not cheap. Each job requires salary and benefits. With the cloud, you will not need to recruit more employees to maintain your servers. Your current IT staff can be used to their fullest potential, and you can put that money where it matters most.
In 2021 having a remote workforce is more important than ever. If you are having a hard time meeting those demands, a cloud-based solution will help you. Cloud software can ensure all your employees can access that same programs no matter where in the world they are and on almost any device.
When workstations can be accessed remotely, groups can work simultaneously off the same data on the cloud without the need to be in the same physical space. This means real-time updates to the same projects and access to the same large files. Add in cloud-based collaboration tools, like Slack, and your teams will be able to work more effectively and communicate with relative ease.
Migrate to the Cloud Today!
If you have been waiting to migrate to the cloud, we can help. Code Authority’s team of software developers can make the transition easy. Before you know it, your server rooms will be a thing of the past. Contact us today for a free project estimate!