Budget is important for small businesses. Some owners think of investing in cloud solutions as a big expense that they can put off until later. In most cases, switching to cloud storage costs a fraction of the price. Compared to maintaining and powering servers, scaling to keep up, and repairing in emergencies, cloud storage offers extraordinary savings. Cloud solutions were specifically created to meet your needs, which means you only pay for what you use. Costs remain capped while the benefits continue to rise, a clear advantage for the budget-conscious business.
Some like having their data where they can see it but that’s not always the safest option. Natural disasters are more frequent than ever, break-ins are happening in every city, and employees are always losing laptops and phones, or having them stolen. But most of the time, someone simply makes a mistake and deletes important files or accidentally infects the system with malware. Cloud storage lessens all of these risks, with storage in over-the-top secure locations, protection against disasters and robust backup systems. We’ve seen many small businesses survive ransomware attacks purely because their critical data was secure in the cloud with clean backups available.
We know the medical industry needs to follow certain regulations when it comes to patient data. This includes security as well as data integrity, plus backups and auditing. Cloud providers thought about this need early on and made sure to offer compliance guarantees. They keep abreast of changing regulations, many times applying new requirements before you’ve even heard about them. With cloud storage systems, you slash your compliance workload and let your provider do the worrying.
Another benefit of cloud storage is the ability to work together remotely. In the past, this would have involved multiple file copies that need to be merged back together. With cloud storage, your staff can work on the same file, using the same interface and real-time updates. Even having different versions of software is no longer an issue. Employees can work on a file in the office and then securely access the same file from their smartphone, laptop or other location, without needing to buy additional software or worry about version corruption. Sharing becomes easier, more desirable and more secure.
It’s Easy to Migrate
One of the biggest concerns is that it will be too disruptive to migrate to cloud solutions all at once. We don’t have to do it all in one day, we can migrate it in parts. For example, you can move your email to the cloud, or just remote file storage. As your various servers and systems age out or need repair, we can help you move each to the cloud, which means your downtime is minimal to non-existent. You can also actively choose a hybrid approach to keep your legacy applications with no pressure to move them to the cloud. Our technicians can help ensure smooth integration across your entire business, making sure all your systems work seamlessly together, whether in-house or in the cloud.
Talk to us about your cloud options by calling us at 937-660-4899