How Understanding the Cloud Can Help Your Business

If you are one of the people still skeptical about implementing a cloud solution for your businesses, feel no shame, we understand.  Migrating to the cloud is a very delicate process that requires extensive consultation and precautions before commencement. But why does it matter that businesses move their data to the cloud? And what are the different types of cloud solutions available to cater for different business needs?

First, let us understand why it is important that companies move their data to the cloud. The primary significance of implementing a cloud solution is that all stakeholders with rights to access your server can do so from anywhere and use any device so long as there is connectivity.  The ability to access data and applications remotely increases employee’s mobility. The convenience of conducting business processes remotely has a significant impact on efficiency and productivity, both of which give your business a competitive advantage.

The practical applicability of the cloud varies depending on your needs and preferences. The cloud can, therefore, be simple or complex. For example, if your biggest need is to host emails from the cloud, it is less complex than if you chose to virtualize your entire network infrastructure and make it accessible via the cloud.

Highlighted below are the common types of cloud solutions with a brief analysis of their advantages and disadvantages.

Public cloud

It is hosted away from your business premises most probably by a third-party cloud provider who provides infrastructure and software as a service. The public cloud is, therefore, a consumer-ready solution with packages for different plans and value propositions like security for businesses and enterprise data/network. The public cloud also reduces the need for extra employees and technicians and also the regular cost of maintaining the appliances and the initial capital for purchasing the server infrastructure. The biggest downsides to using a public cloud are the lack of personalized approach to your security and the risk of sharing your data in the same facility with your competitors and other entities.

Private cloud

The private cloud is hosted on-premises with the company’s server hardware.  Your employees are in charge of maintaining the cloud, and your business incurs all the costs associated with maintenance, repair, and network security. A private cloud is an ideal approach if you have the resources, talent, and preference for a personalized approach to server management.

Hybrid cloud

A hybrid server is an integrated approach to ownership and administration of the server solution by a third party and your company. In a hybrid arrangement, the server infrastructure could be owned and located at your premises but are managed by a third party. Consequently, the server hardware could be located off-premise but still owned by the company. The upside to this arrangement is that you get to determine the management approach, including the type of security and other resources that are preferred by your organization.

If you think it’s time your business adopted either of the cloud strategies mentioned above, then reach out to us today and we will begin the journey towards the cloud with you. We will ensure that you adopt the solutions that best fits and addresses your organization’s needs and context. If your business needs a solution that can take your team into the future of computing, reach out to us at (888) 245-9926. We’ll work with your business to ensure that you get the solution that best fits your needs.

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