Have you been thinking about moving your Small Business IT systems to the cloud? There are so many options and plenty of cloud service providers available, knowing which to select will depend on what you want the cloud to do for your business. Do you want to store information in the cloud? You can do that, be it File Storage or Data Backup. Do you want to use software from a cloud provider? Many software companies are moving (or have moved) their license management and software access to the cloud. There are several factors that need to be determined before making a decision. The wrong choice could leave your business without access to data, no email service and no website. Questions that need to be considered are; What if our Internet goes down? What if the cloud provider goes down? How would you access your data? How would you communicate with customers and vendors if you had no e-mail service? It happens, more often than it should with some cloud services. It’s likely that you will not have access to the services being hosted by that provider for the duration of the outage. For some businesses it’s not a big deal, a short outage won’t affect them too much. To others, it could cause serious consequences and can be very costly. Understanding these possibilities and knowing the risks are very important in making this decision, having an IT provider with knowledge and experience is critical, it can mean the difference between a successful migration to the cloud and a disaster that will cost your business money.
For some small businesses, moving IT services to the cloud will provide relief to their IT Budget with less hardware and software to maintain and no need to worry about backups. Many small businesses are already using the cloud, by having a website or e-mail service hosted with third party providers. As it evolves further, the cloud will become more important in every aspect of running a small business. Will your business be ready?
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