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The benefits of cloud computing

As cloud services grow in popularity, all businesses should consider whether cloud computing is right for them.

Some cloud services may be pretty familiar now, like file storage through services like Dropbox and Office 365. But there’s a lot more to cloud computing than that. You can have everything from servers and firewalls hosted in the cloud.

We’ve written this blog to highlight some of the benefits of this approach.

Flexibility

Remote and hybrid working were all the rage during lockdown. But they didn’t go away when we returned to our offices. In fact, they’ve only got more popular. The option is great for staff morale, and attractive to new recruits. It also allows you to recruit from further afield, giving you access to a greater talent pool. It just makes a lot of sense to be able to work flexibly. The cloud makes this easy.

What it means is that you can access all your work and all your systems from anywhere, on any device. We’re not just talking files here, but everything from your CRM to your phone system. This means you can do everything you can do in the office from anywhere. We can advise on how to migrate your data and files in the most efficient way possible, so you don’t lose any time or information in the process.

Collaboration

This is really a follow-on from our previous point. If you’ve got a team, you really want them to act like one! Sharing tasks and projects is a great way to get the most out of everyone’s individual skills. But if you don’t have the right tools for collaboration, it’s a non-starter, especially if some people are working remotely.

Cloud tools offer a great solution here. For one, as our first point showed, remote working is incredibly easy if your IT infrastructure is in the cloud. But also, you can use all sorts of tools that make collaboration possible from anywhere. For instance, with an Office 365 Business Licence, multiple people can work on the same document at the same time. You can also host video conferences via Teams, along with all sorts of other collaboration features. We know Microsoft’s licensing structure inside-out, so we can make sure you get the best possible deal!

Scalability

If you’ve got expansion plans, hardware can actually slow you down. It might just lack the capacity to meet your needs, in which case you’ve got to deal with the expense of upgrading. Tech-based headaches like these are all too common for growing businesses, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

With cloud, scalability is built in. All you need to do is add new users. It’s as simple as a few clicks of a mouse! This level of convenience makes you so much more agile. What it means is that you can move and grow at whatever pace your business demands without being held back by tech.

Resilience

Let’s say you’re running everything from on-premise servers, and depend on software installed on in-house desktops. Not only does this make you inflexible, but it also leaves you vulnerable. What happens if there’s a systems failure or a power outage? First, you’ll have downtime on your hands, and you’ll be wasting money. Even worse, you could lose critical data.

If your infrastructure is hosted in the cloud, these worries go away. For a start, there’s no limit to how much you can store on our servers. We can back up everything you’ve got, including all your files. And our backup systems are hosted in data centres across the UK, with redundant backups of all our infrastructure. This means you’ve no longer got all your eggs in one basket. We can get you up and running again with industry-leading SLAs, which means downtime becomes a thing of the past!

Security

A lot of people see security a weakness of cloud, but this is mistaken. Cloud computing security is actually very robust. As long as you keep up good password management practices, you can protect yourself from cybercrime.

Our cloud systems are routinely updated with security patches, which are installed automatically. It’s also a lot easier to manage access levels for different members of your team, and instantly revoke access when someone leaves. In addition, we can provide cloud-based firewalls to keep your network safe with no hardware required!

What Biscuit can do

It might seem like a big deal to reorganise your IT infrastructure in this way. But actually, business cloud migration is simpler than it sounds. As experts in managed IT services, we can help you migrate to the cloud completely painlessly!

Once it’s done, you’re much better protected from outages, more flexible, and better set for business in the 21st century! We also pride ourselves on our honesty. That’s why we offer a free audit of your business IT infrastructure. If we don’t think you need our help, we’ll say so. If we do, we’ll tailor our suggestions to your business.

Give us a call if you want some advice at 01924 241 281.