Leveraging the Benefits of the Cloud: It’s When, Not If

With today’s increased demand in data security, operational cost control, and business interconnectivity, the cloud has gained its place for business requirements. Similar to web-based email services, the cloud helps you access your data at any corner around the world.

The Cloud has especially enabled many organizations to navigate the uncertainties and challenges of Covid-19. More and more organizations are progressively seizing on cloud services to operate from day-to-day. Gone are the days when businesses had to go to the trouble of running their own IT infrastructure locally and covering the expense of in-house IT staff. With the rise of cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, companies have been able to take advantage of the cloud instead.  Working with a reputable IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) makes the transition seamless. 

Here, we’ll look at some of the most important advantages of cloud computing, from secure data storage and cost reduction, to reduced downtime and easier scalability. This guide is here to help you and your business accelerate your migration to the cloud—one that requires forward thinking, business agility, and engaging with partners you can trust to realize your business potentials.

Cloud Computing vs On-Premise

Let’s explore the benefits you will reap once you move from locally hosting your IT infrastructure (on-premise) to letting a partner manage your data storage remotely (cloud computing).

  • Easier scalability

With today’s changing economic times and fluctuating demands, it may be that you’ve had to scale your operations up and down, and with it your IT storage requirements. Instead of you making these changes to your infrastructure and incurring the bulk of the costs, your MSP will handle this for you. The best thing about a cloud service is that you are charged only what you consume—pay more when you scale up, pay less as you scale down.

  • Greater flexibility

To maintain your competitive advantage, your business needs to be flexible to meet the ever-changing needs of your clients and customers. With cloud computing, you can free up both financial and human resources for deployment in other areas. Your employees can devote more attention to satisfying clients and customers, rather than managing and maintaining your own IT resources. Should you need extra bandwidth, a cloud provider will be able to supply you with this immediately without the need for you to overhaul your IT infrastructure.

  • Easier accessibility and mobility

It has never been easier to collect, store, analyze, and share data than it is today in the cloud. Your business needs to be agile in this age of working from anywhere, something that is difficult to achieve if you are still hosting your data on-premise. Thankfully, cloud computing has greatly assisted the trend toward more flexible working. It enables real-time resource and file sharing for employers and employees alike, wherever they are in the world. All you need is a reliable internet connection.

  • Better communication and teamwork

You and your colleagues, clients, and third-party contractors or consultants can all work on the same files, all accessible via the cloud. It’s also far easier to share relevant records with, say, financial advisers and accountants, in a secure manner. This makes a whole host of processes smoother for your business. With TNS’ cloud solution support, you can stay in touch with your teammates and clients, wherever they are.

  • Lower costs

Switching from an in-house IT infrastructure to remote servers, hosted by a trusted cloud provider, allows businesses to realize a significant cost savings. Your company will no longer need inner power to manage and store your data.  

There are some cloud storage services provided that give cloud storage for a lifetime at an affordable price, which is a win-win offer for small businesses and individual users. Nonprofits can also benefit from special offerings, i.e., they can opt to move their business to the cloud and leverage $3,500 Azure services credits per year, and access the complete portfolio of Azure products and cloud services.

  • Automatic updates

Businesses that run their own IT infrastructure also have to handle software updates, so that any security vulnerabilities are patched and that the technology they’re running on is up to date. Cloud providers generally take responsibility for this themselves, saving their clients the time, expense, and energy.

  • Strong data security

Security of your business data is the first priority, as a fault or alteration of customer data would cause irreparable damage to a business. The cloud storage saves your data across the redundant servers, so even if one of the data centers gets compromised, your data will be managed by the other data centers, keeping your data safe and supervised. Your MSP maintains and manages your data backups, should your data gets lost or corrupted.

  • Business continuity and disaster recovery

Downtime is not beneficial for modern businesses. In case of a natural disaster, power failure, or any crisis, having your data stored in the cloud ensures it is backed up and protected in a secure location. Businesses also need to focus on the “everyday disasters,” which can destroy data faster than any fire or flood ever could. Partnering with a trusted MSP will ensure redundancy by implementing cloud-to-cloud backups for your most pertinent data, including emails.

  • Rapid implementation

Consistent with the flexibility, scalability, and cost savings benefits of cloud computing, setting up and implementing your cloud migration strategies will be quick and easy. The speed of cloud implementation is enough to make businesses turn their heads and wonder what they will miss out on if they do not keep up with the competition. Your MSP will assess your current business structure and incorporate best practices necessary to refine and streamline your business processes.

Final Thoughts

Companies around the world are trying to outmaneuver today’s uncertainties and leveraging data to reinvent their business strategies. Your data is important now more than ever so choosing to migrate your business to the cloud is crucial. A Managed Service Provider has the expertise and migration tools necessary to make the transition beneficial and will communicate through the process.

As companies all around the world ride out the Covid-19 storm, the ones that find their path to the cloud rapidly, make the right choices, and engage with the appropriate partners to augment their own capabilities will emerge as winners. Contact The TNS Group today to get started with your cloud migration.