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5 Critical Facts Every Business Owner Must Know Before Moving Their Network to the Cloud...
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What is the cloud?
The cloud is not a magical, mystical, fantasy realm where computers and servers go to die. The cloud is: A way to receive the benefits of your own in-office technology, such as servers or software, without all the inconvenient responsibility.
Responsibility = support, maintenance, updates, security, risk, availability, scalability, buying computers and servers… just to name a few.
You use things like email and your software the same way, but instead of it running on your computer or network, it sits on a nice secure server in a nice secure facility that resembles something like a nerdy Fort Knox.
How does it work?
Your office connects to your cloud over the Internet, typically, and all of your stuff runs over the Internet.
Your Internet. You will probably need a faster Internet connection because the experience on the cloud is much better with a faster Internet connection. You may even want to consider a second type of Internet connection since all of your important stuff is now parked on the cloud. We can help with that.
Now you might say “well that sounds like extra cost!”
It is, but there are plenty of other things you won’t be paying for anymore. More info on that below.
Why does it matter to my business?
Most Michigan small business owners and companies we deal with do not care about owning computers and servers. They tend to prefer to not make major capital expenses if they can avoid them. They tend to care more about driving revenue, minimizing costs, and maximizing efficiencies, which fortunately, the cloud can provide. No more “the server is down so I can’t do my work” or “I really wish I could get to my stuff when I am traveling” or even “a new server will cost us HOW MUCH?”
The cloud is secure. More secure than your office utility closet, which is more than likely where your network equipment and server is residing today.
The cloud is convenient. You can get to your software, email, documents… etc. from virtually anywhere you have an Internet connection.
The cloud gets you closer to “future proof” technology. I’m sure you are sick of buying equipment just to have someone tell you that there’s something faster/newer/better only 6 months later. Typical cloud based services are supported, maintained and updated as a part of the ongoing agreement cost. You won’t have to buy a huge server every 3-5 years and shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for major IT upgrades.
The bottom line is when the cloud is implemented into the small business environment properly it helps your bottom line. Embrace the cloud as a way of providing technically strategic benefits to your staff, workflow and overall organization.