10 Reasons It’s Time to Switch to the Cloud
The Times Are Changing
And, in all honesty, it’s probably high time your business changed along with them.
Like it or not, when it comes to storing, protecting, and computing with your business’s data, the cloud really is the best-and-brightest technology has to offer. In fact, with plenty of different solutions to choose from, it’s estimated that about 94% of enterprises use at least one form of cloud technology today.
The only question is: are you ready to join them?
Here are ten reasons your business should seriously consider switching to the cloud.
1. Goodbye, Front-Loaded Costs
Unlike a physical server, cloud storage isn’t a capital expense, meaning the whole of its cost won’t be front-loaded onto your business before you even get your program off the ground. As such, not only will switching to a cloud-based system provide you with more cash-in-hand right off the bat, but it also won’t lose value over time like a traditional on-premise IT infrastructure, which is a depreciating asset.
2. Hello, Operating Expense
Switching to the cloud thus allows your company to finance part, if not all, of your business’s IT as an operating expense, rather than CAPEX. By relocating your IT costs to the other side of the balance sheet, cloud storage is paid for and – wait for it – taxed like any other service, mobilizing your cash-flow and keeping your business as elastic as possible.
3. What You Need, When You Need It
The software-as-a-service (SaaS) model used by a cloud storage program ensures that its benefits are entirely scalable to your business. By growing and shrinking with your needs, switching to the cloud can keep your wasted costs to a minimum and your bottom line in check.
What’s more, the scalability of the cloud makes tracking the Return on Investment (ROI) of your IT program a breeze in comparison to that of on-premise IT costs, which are often difficult to justify from the start.
4. Where You Need It, Too
With mobile devices becoming prevalent in even the most traditional of businesses, remote work is more popular than ever before. Far more accessible than hardwired storage, switching to the cloud will not only provide your employees flexibility in-office but will also allow for remote work to get done quickly and accurately.
5. The Cloud is Compliant
Both public and private cloud providers have a slew of compliances they adhere to in order to keep your data safe, your IT program in good health, and your business up to the proper standards.
6. And Compliance is Outsourced
The onus of cloud computing compliance is on the provider, not the business itself. In this way, by switching to the cloud, your company can benefit by outsourcing the regulatory audit of your IT competencies to the experts who provide the service, rather than take on the burden of compliance yourself.
7. Security is Everything
Whether a public cloud, private provider, or hybrid-cloud solution is best for your business, you can rest-assured knowing security is a top priority. As the technology we use to create and distribute data gets increasingly more advanced, so too do the hackers that threaten its protection. Switching to the cloud can affirm that your front-line security is the most advanced possible.
8. Back-Ups, Included
Yes, accidents happen. But when it’s the security of your sensitive information or the smooth operations of your business on the line, it’s best not to take risks. Cloud migration often includes automatic back-ups and disaster recovery that will allow your business to maintain control, even in the worst-case scenario.
9. The Customizable Cloud
Cloud storage is what you make of it. Devised to be completely customizable to your specific storage requirements, the cloud can be as hands-on or as set-it-and-forget-it as you want.
10. You’re Closer Than You Think
Chances are high that your business already uses the cloud in some form or another. Whether it’s through a web-based application, a communications system, or even personal employee storage, you’re likely already on track for cloud migration.
Get Your Head In The Cloud
The time to get started with cloud migration is now. Cloud solutions are a cost-effective, forward-thinking, and secure way to bring your business – and your IT program – up to full speed.
At EMPIST, our crack team of tech experts works with you to identify the right cloud solution for every aspect of your business technology. From hands-off management to recovery systems, we’ve got the tools you need to help you reach your cloud storage goals.