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Is It Time for You to Move Business Assets into the Cloud?

Making a Cloud Migration More Efficient

16Mar

The use of cloud servers to store business data and applications offers a wide range of advantages. If you are running a business, you should be considering it. But how do you know if your business should already be migrating to the cloud? Obviously, cloud computing does not suit every kind and size of business operation. There have to be some indicators as to when you should seriously consider moving your business assets to the cloud.

Consider the following as your guide:

1. If you Want your Business to be Flexible

Want to access your files or applications from anywhere? Obviously, you can’t do that if you have them on your local server or computers. You need to move them to cloud servers. Using cloud solutions allows you to operate a flexible business. Imagine the advantage of not having to haul your computers and servers when you need to move to a new location. You can operate your business from anywhere as long as you have internet access. Another advantage is that cloud servers can be easily scaled and upgraded to support your growing business: hardware can be upgraded remotely without delving into the technicalities & finances.

A flexible business operation is not only a boon for business owners. Employees can also greatly benefit from this setup as this makes telecommuting or work-from-home schemes easier.

2. If You Can’t Cover or you want to Avoid Capital Expenditure and Additional Costs

Storing and maintaining your digital assets involves hardware and these hardware are going to mean capital expenditure for your business. If you don’t have enough funds for such capital expenditure, using cloud solutions is definitely not going to be a bad idea. Also, bear in mind that when you buy these hardware, you will also need some furnishings to securely hold them in place. You also have to take into account that running the hardware means you will also be paying for power not just for the hardware but also to cover the increased cost in cooling the room where the hardware is located.

3. If you Don’t Have or you Can’t Hire Competent People to Handle the Maintenance of your Hardware and Software

As your business grows and your digital business assets expand or accumulate, you will find yourself in a situation wherein maintaining your backups and the efficiency of the business applications you have becomes challenging. This would be good time to consider migrating to the cloud. If you don’t have the competent personnel to manage your digital business assets, you can turn to cloud solutions.

Keeping your business data and software on the cloud means you no longer have to worry about creating backups. You also no longer have to worry about maintaining the condition of the hard drives and other related hardware. You just have to make sure that the cloud server you choose provides a reliable service, automatic backups, and solid security. Additionally, if you use cloud-based software, you no longer have to worry about software updates as updates and patches are done automatically.

4. If you Don’t have the Space for New Hardware

Computers and servers require space in your office—and it can’t be just any space. It has to be cool (or you have to cool it down). The place also needs to be secure and free from anything that can damage the hardware. If you don’t have the resources to cover all of these, it would be better to just use cloud solutions.

5. If your Location is Prone to Disasters

Disaster recovery is one of the most important purposes of using cloud solutions. Certainly it would be easier to retrieve business data and resources if you have them safely secured on the cloud. The hardware needed to store business data and applications are not cheap. They also require office space. If it’s possible to just digitize everything and have them stored in the cloud, that would definitely be a better option.

6. If you Want your Business to be Flexible

Want to access your files or applications from anywhere? Obviously, you can’t do that if you have them in your local server or computers. You need to move them to cloud servers. Using cloud solutions allows you to operate a flexible business. Imagine the advantage of not having to haul your computers and servers when you need to move to a new location. You can operate your business from anywhere as long as you have internet access.

A flexible business operation is not only a boon for business owners. Employees can also greatly benefit from this setup as this makes telecommuting or work-from-home schemes easier.

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There’s no urgency to move to the cloud when your current setup still works well for you. However, it would be a big mistake not using cloud solutions when the advantages are too obvious. All the scenarios above presume that your business is growing and that you need a better system to store and protect your business assets. This does not mean, though, that you don’t have to think about bringing your business assets to the cloud if your business is just starting. A startup business can also have several benefits in using cloud solutions right from the start.

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