Like it or not, cloud computing is coming to your industry. The question is, when is the right time to adopt this technology to take advantage of the many benefits it offers?
Here are some answers to questions you may have about how to best take advantage of this sometimes mystifying technology.
Just what exactly is “the cloud”?
The cloud is simply storing and/or accessing data and programs over the Internet – rather than using a computer’s hard drive. Simply put, the cloud is a metaphor for the Internet. Due to continuing improvements in technology, the cloud is a super-efficient and reliable data processing, storage and delivery system.
Why migrate to the cloud?
The cloud can integrate online apps for marketing, human resources, customer service and more, enabling faster scaling, growth and flexibility for your organization.
As with your electric bill, you pay only for the capacity you use, thus reducing your capital expenditures as well as ongoing expenses. It also allows instant access from any device and easy backup capabilities.
What about data security?
While there can be risks in sending your data to the cloud, one way to protect it is to encrypt the data before it leaves your network. It’s also important to use a reputable cloud hosting provider.
So, is the cloud for you?
There’s a lot to like about the cloud, yet we’ve just scratched the surface in this article. If you have more questions or would like help putting together your cloud strategy, call us at (678) 822-5815.