Today, businesses of all sizes and industries are transitioning to the cloud. However, for some considering the move, understanding the ins and outs of the cloud and how you can benefit can be confusing.
Here are the six questions we are most often asked about cloud computing answered!
Exactly what is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is the process of using a network of remote servers accessed over the Internet to process, store, and manage data instead of hosting it on your in-house network. Essentially you’re using someone else’s infrastructure, including hardware, for your computing needs reducing your capital investment.
How do I know if the cloud is right for my business?
Answering these questions can help:
- How important is security, reliability, and flexibility to your business?
- is your current IT meeting your computing needs?
- How many users are there?
- Do your employees require remote access?
- Are you happy with the current costs of your IT?
- Is the “cost-to-scale” acceptable?
- Do you have any contractual commitments that would constrain migration?
What do I need to do to prepare to transition?
For the most part, if you have a cloud service provider to handle the transition, very little! You may want to consider your network bandwidth. Cloud computing can strain local connections, so you may want to consider upgrading your bandwidth to increase connectivity before transitioning.
What can I shift to the cloud?
It depends on your business needs and cloud strategy. You can transition your entire IT to the cloud or just a single task. Many businesses begin by using the cloud for long and short-term data backup. However, you can also move applications like CRM, marketing automation, and more to the cloud.
Will I need additional staff to transition?
The short answer? No. One of the major benefits of working with a cloud services provider is that they will handle the ins and outs of transitioning. However, having some IT expertise in-house certainly helps!
What about security?
Providers have numerous protocols in place, including encryption, identity management, redundant hardware, backup generators, and other measures. If you or your provider are attacked, your data is kept secure and is easily restorable.