In modern markets, small businesses are in a constant state of conflict with large national and multinational brands. While small businesses have certain advantages like an unparalleled knowledge of their local market and dedication to customer service, it can still feel nearly impossible to keep up with the low prices and efficient supply chains of massive corporations.
For this reason, small and medium-sized businesses must seek out other means of gaining an edge against their competition. Thankfully, modern technology is helping to level the playing field. No IT solution is more effective at doing so than cloud services. Here are the top three reasons why businesses are adopting cloud services:
1. Save Money on Infrastructure
It’s one of the most basic and noticeable benefits of cloud services. When you’re able to operate in a virtual workspace where most of your software is hosted on an off-site server, you don’t have to worry about maintaining costly hardware in your office. You won’t have to worry about your server going down, or keeping track of dozens of moving parts that keep your network together.
While it’s impossible to provide an accurate estimate of what savings your business might experience without a more detailed consultation, the results could be dramatic. One company managed to save 37% on infrastructure when they switched from on-premise infrastructure to cloud services.
Another unseen benefit? If your business isn’t having to run all those servers on its own, your electric bill will thank you.
2. Improved Data Security
Migrating your operations to the cloud will secure your data against both malicious parties and everyday or natural disasters. Cloud providers meticulously maintain a massive infrastructure capable of serving all of their clients’ needs. Multiple fail-safes and redundancies are built into this infrastructure to prevent anything bad from happening to your data.
The largest cloud providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon have global infrastructures that keep your data as decentralized as possible, flowing through the domestic, or global, network like water through a massive system of pipes, waiting for you to turn on a faucet. Should something happen to one of these servers, the data will simply be evacuated somewhere else. If you opt for a traditional on-premise server, you’re the one responsible for those redundancies. A server crash could spell disaster.
Growing your business is exciting, but even that has definite drawbacks. If you move to a larger house, you’ll have to furnish new rooms. Similarly, if you hire new employees and expand your operations, you’ll need to make sure your infrastructure is ready.
There’s no way to get around certain hardware purchases; you’ll probably need to set up a few new computers (unless you’ve transitioned to an all-encompassing BYOD policy), but having cloud services means that you won’t have to worry about updating your software licenses or upgrading your servers to handle increased load. The cloud offers incredible scalability and grows alongside your business. The same technology that a business with 12 employees uses might also be utilized by a regional power or a Fortune 500 giant.
How You Can Adopt the Cloud
It’s a pretty simple transition, and you’ll be glad you made the decision. Cloud migration is a breeze when you work with a managed service provider like 3Points. We’ll grow your business by implementing whatever solutions your business needs with as little disruption to your normal operations as possible. If you’re curious about what cloud services and other IT solutions might be able to do for you, just say hello. We can’t wait to get started.