5 Reasons to Migrate Your Business to the Cloud in 2014

Like any new form of technology, cloud computing has inspired a lot of debate. On the one hand, there has been a surge of avid users that swear up and down it is better than other forms of data storage. But there are also detractors who question the viability of moving a business into this relatively untested system of data storage and transfer. That said, cloud computing has been around for a few years at this point, and while there have definitely been some glitches, namely of the security variety, major upsets have caused cloud service providers to reevaluate their systems in order to ensure that their clients feel safe and secure when operating in this nebulous sphere of cyberspace. And there are all kinds of benefits to be gained by moving a business enterprise into the cloud. Consider how people originally felt about bringing a business online; many were afraid of what might happen. But eventually people saw the advantages to be gained by operating on the internet. The same is true of cloud computing, and here are some reasons you might want to take the leap this year.

  1. Cost. Cloud computing is based on the simple premise of bulk operations. By catering to interests both private and public, pooling resources, and spreading data out amongst servers, cloud service providers are able to significantly lower their own costs, passing along the savings to their customers in the process. Just like buying products in bulk from warehouse stores like Costco can deliver savings on the household goods you use most frequently, moving your business into the cloud can save you a ton of money over, say, hosting your own data with dedicated, on-site servers or paying for storage space at a data center.
  2. Scalability. Perhaps the best aspect of cloud computing for many businesses is the fact that they can scale usage to meet the demands of their operation. The concept that you don’t have to pay for something you’re not using (i.e. set increments of storage space) is surprisingly novel. And the fact that you can scale up or down depending on need provides you with the flexibility and pricing every business owner can appreciate.
  3. Speed. Think about how long it might take you to create extra storage space on-site. You’ll need to have adequate facilities in place (temperature-controlled atmosphere, for example), you’ll have to buy and install hardware and software, and then you’ll have to get everything hooked up and integrated with your network before you can even start storing data. It’s a lot of work at major expense. With cloud computing you can add new storage almost immediately with a simple order.
  4. Accessibility. There are all kinds of people that might need access to data, including employees, business partners, vendors, and more. Cloud services offer you the ability to compartmentalize data and easily create secure means of access for a variety of people using all kinds of devices. Even better, you can use these services to access data from multiple sources, as well.
  5. Security. While it’s still in your best interests to hire an IT support service like CompuOne or keep in-house IT staff to manage your daily needs and handle security concerns for your network, it turns out that cloud services have worked diligently to provide the level of security that businesses need to feel comfortable migrating their operations to the cloud. Not only is data generally shuffled amongst a slew of servers, adding levels of compartmentalization that make theft practically impossible, but following several high-profile breaches of cloud systems early on, most service providers have significantly improved safety protocols for protecting data. So now is a great time to consider making the move to cloud computing.

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