Cloud computing has become quite the buzz word and actually very popular in the business world—and for good reason. Thanks to cloud computing, you can:

  • Add technology resources to your business without large capital investments
  • Effortlessly scale your operations as your business grows
  • Eliminate the need to maintain and manage some areas of your IT environment
  • Give employees easy access to the data and applications they need to do their jobs

However, in order to take advantage of cloud computing, you need to know your optionswhat you can put in the cloud, the types of clouds that you can use, and what kind of security you will need.

Cloud solutions are cropping up everywhere and some can be very beneficial to the right organization, but let’s be clear, the cloud is not for every one or every business.

If your organization is thinking of spending money on a technology solution to transition some of your operations to the cloud, you should fully understand the pros and cons associated before making that investment.

Let's consider:

What You Can Put in the Cloud

Today, most components of an IT environment can be provided as a cloud service. You can put software, hardware, and essential operations in the cloud.

Software in the Cloud
Using cloud-based software is one of the most common ways businesses take advantage of cloud computing. There is a wide variety of hosted applications available from providers, ranging from office productivity suites to customer relationship management software. You also have the option of putting software you already own in a cloud. For example, you might have proprietary software that you want to deliver to employees in different offices. Our team can help you evaluate which applications would be better off in the cloud to increase your productivity.

Hardware in the Cloud
If your servers, storage devices, and networking equipment are inadequate because your business is growing, you might benefit from putting your IT infrastructure in the cloud. It is not an all-or-nothing proposition, though. You can put individual components in the cloud. For instance, instead of buying a file server, you can use a cloud storage service that lets employees store and share their files.

Essential Operations in the Cloud
Crucial IT operations can be put in the cloud. Rather than dealing with the hassle of backing up all your data, you could have a provider perform your data backups and then store a copy of the backup files at its facility.

Securing What You Put In The Cloud

Security is one of the most overlooked parts of cloud computing. Using consumer-grade options might be adequate for personal use. However, your business requires tighter security and more control over file access.

Your clients may be subject to government regulations, which could require you to maintain specific levels of encryption and security with all of the client data you manage. You may want to restrict access of your company’s financial data to your senior management. You may also want to keep a log of who accessed each file and when, or maintain an archive of emails from deleted accounts of past employees. All of this is possible.

Our team will decipher the numerous options available to you and make appropriate recommendations that align with your business goals and security needs.

Deciding what to put in the cloud is not an easy task because of all the possibilities.

Our team at Computek can walk you through your options and help you determine the best way you can take advantage of cloud computing.

At Computek we can simplify the concepts and terms surrounding cloud computing and explain how moving some of your technology to the cloud could benefit you.

If you are considering moving your enterprise to Office365, SharePoint or a Hosted VoIP solution, great!  We’ve done that many times and can help make your transition smooth. Or if you are simply concerned that you don't have a proper cloud backup in-place to save your business from a disaster, ransomeware or other nefarious threat.

We've got solutions for that too!

Don't let other IT support providers intimidate you and make you feel inadequate for not moving your complete business identity to the cloud. There could be many challenging factors unique to your business that determine what part of the cloud is right for you!

If you are considering moving your database or other critical infrastructure to the cloud we highly suggest that you read our free cloud computing report: “5 Critical Questions Every Business Owner Must Ask Before Moving To The Cloud”

 

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