Using cloud solutions opens your workforce to using virtually any Internet-connected device to access and process data. That means everyone gets to use the computing tool with which they feel most comfortable whether it’s the office’s iPads or a Windows computer. Another benefit is your office can purchase exactly the number of licenses it requires, then add to it as it hires office staff.
The Beginning of Cloud Storage
When most firms migrate, they start with storage. Cloud storage lets the organization work with files from any location, separately and jointly. Adding storage virtually enables the company to increase by gigabytes or terabytes without working on computers to add hard drives.
Access to information requires passing both the security measures of your firm and the cloud service. That provides two levels of security to overcome before reaching your firm’s data.
Your organization also benefits from improved disaster recovery. Automated backups to a regional data center enhance recoverability and redundancy. Use of SaaS for mission-critical applications allows the organization to continue operations in the event of a local crisis. Cloud computing provides a major boon to business continuity.
Hesitation to Migrate
Some organizations may hesitate to migrate to the cloud due to compliance needs. Check with the SaaS or cloud storage provider because many now provide compliant solutions including those who need to comply with HIPAA. Microsoft Office 365 provides one common example of compliant software.
Virtual server space, or infrastructure as a service (IaaS), provides scalable solutions for dynamic workloads or development or test servers. It saves the in-house information technology (IT) staff from having to deploy local servers and provides enhanced security. According to Gartner, IaaS has become the fastest growth area of the cloud. The 2016 IaaS market value came to approximately $6 billion.
Another area to leverage, platform as a service (PaaS), lets your firm deploy database or web services on a public cloud. Applications offered via PaaS function as if they’re offered using a traditional data center model. End-users can’t tell the difference. They’re unaware you use a PaaS unless you tell them.
With the plethora of options available to businesses to improve services, streamline business processes and save money, there’s no reason not to move to the cloud. The question really is when will you migrate?
At Starr & Associates, we can help you determine the best method for your transition. We work with you to determine the ideal timeline for your needs and address the move in a manner that makes the most sense for your firm, for example using a hybrid solution. Our firm even implements the migration for your firm. Give us a call today if you are looking to improve your business’ efficiency and customer service.