Cloud computing has the potential to help SMEs address significant technology challenges. Implementation of cloud services helps SMEs procure the latest technology without massive capital investment, enabling IT infrastructure to progress with market changes. Implementing cloud computing either in a public, private or hybrid cloud scenario will help SMEs save time and money, positively impact operational efficiency, productivity and security. Below are five positive things SMEs should know about cloud computing:
When considering cloud computing, security may at first be a big concern as SMEs would expect a higher security level when using its own servers. However, the truth is that many SMEs cannot afford or justify the overwhelming cost of enterprise grade security systems when they must purchase them for their onsite infrastructure. With cloud computing, the cloud provider has already made this investment, so you can tap in to as much of this technology as you want whilst paying a relatively modest cost in comparison.
Migrating to the cloud provides SMEs with access to technologies which earlier were only available to large corporates with significant cash flow. High-end software like SFA (sales force automation), CRM (customer relationship management) along with the latest hardware is costly making it difficult for SMEs to afford. Most cloud computing services come with the option to lease these software services on a monthly payment basis without any lock-in periods or upfront fees. By moving to the cloud, SMEs can enjoy all the facilities at a fraction of the cost of developing the same technology infrastructure in-house.
Compared to large enterprises, SMEs are far more agile. Cloud-computing offers the autonomy to access business applications anytime, anywhere and on any smart device. Business owners and executives are often travelling and need to work on the go which makes cloud-computing the best option. For businesses who are geographically dispersed, cloud offer the flexibility of extending the corporate IT infrastructure to regional datacentres which brings a whole host of security, flexibility and contingency benefits.
A combination of competitive business environments and an unpredictable economy makes it critical for SMEs to remain flexible and adaptable, so they can react to market changes. Cloud computing offers SMEs the liberty to scale based on their requirement. SMEs can get the right amount of IT resources like increasing or decreasing compute power, storage and bandwidth based on raw demand – negating the need to overbuy in advance.
Cloud resources offer extensive capabilities for protecting SMEs’ from business disruption and loss through Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) systems. Not only can businesses rapidly recover to traditional server outages by spinning up another server, their entire infrastructure can fail over and be running within a datacentre in a completely different part of the world within a matter of minutes. Even better, it can be designed this way from the outset by being globally distributed and protected from these types of eventualities, creating a scenario where your business could conceivably never be down.
Whether you are looking to migrate your email to Office 365, move your file storage and applications to the Cloud or become almost bullet-proof with your business continuity and geographical reach, we can help. We are specialists in Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Office 365 and can create tailored Cloud infrastructure solutions for your business.
To learn more about cloud computing, get in touch with an expert at m3 Networks.