Have you moved to the cloud yet? Not sure if it’s right for your business? Here are some of the top questions (and answers) we’ve been asked about cloud computing.
What is Cloud Computing? Cloud computing utilizes a network of remote servers, hosted on the Internet to process, store, manage and share data instead of hosting it on-site. Basically, cloud computing uses third-party infrastructure and hardware, reducing the capital investment you need to make.
How Can I Be Sure the Cloud is Right For My Business? Answer these questions to see if the cloud is a good fit:
- How important are security, reliability, and flexibility for your business?
- Do your employees require remote access?
- Are you happy with the cost of your on-premise solution?
- Can you afford to easily scale up your technology when required?
- Do you have any contractual or vendor commitments that might prevent migration?
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for Migration?
Companies sometimes don’t consider what may need to be in place before shifting to the cloud. Make the transition easier with a Cloud Service Provider, and consider your network bandwidth to make sure you can handle the transition.
What Can I Move to the Cloud?
There are several options for moving workloads and processes to the cloud. You can move a single task or your complete IT environment. Most companies use the cloud for data backup, short and long-term application-based work like CRM or marketing automation.
Will We Need to Hire Additional IT Staff to transition?
One of the big advantages of working with a Cloud Services Provider is that they have the expertise to help with your transition. While you won’t need to hire staff, having some IT expertise in-house can help.
What About Security?
Today, security is a major concern. Cloud providers have numerous security parameters in place so that in the event of an attack, your data can be secure and can be restored. Tactics include encryption, identity management, and physical security. Providers will also have business continuity plans in place and built-in redundancy.
Are you ready to learn more about cloud computing? Contact Hughes today to learn about the benefits of cloud computing and how it can help grow your business!