Cloud-computing need not be an “all-or-nothing” sort of thing. You need not totally transfer all data operations of your business to the cloud. As an SMB, or even an enterprise-level business, there are many niche applications. Public options exist, private options exist, and hybrid combinations of both could be appropriate.
If you’ve been considering the cloud, it is wise to seek consultation through an MSP, or a cloud provider—be diligent in seeking free appraisals. This may or may not be available for your business, but for providers serving clients similar to yourself, such an appraisal may be a selling point for conversion. Regardless, we’ll briefly explore a few cloud uses here.
Cloud computing backup can happen continuously without much impact to operations—once you get your network and its relationship to the cloud properly configured, of course. Certainly different levels of success will exist per business, but Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a key cloud option.
Cloud computing has the potential to totally replace IT infrastructure. You can outsource your server array without losing functionality. You’ll be able to retain security. Proprietary information can be maintained on a private cloud solution. Device as a Service and Desktop as a Service allow you to “rent” end-user devices that interface through your network “desktop”.
This means they can do any work you need them to from wherever they happen to have a secure internet connection. BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, has a history of increasing employee productivity. Either you can allow your workers to use their own devices, or get everybody on the same page in terms of hardware with a monthly Device as a Service solution.
Imagine 100 employees, ten of which are in management. Now imagine being able to allow 90 of those employees to work from home with BYOD or DaaS. You free up all that office space. With a liberated server array from the cloud, you save all the associated expense. You may even be able to reduce the number of tech employees you need.
Parking space, maintenance, equipment, and other collateral expenses can be mostly excised from your IT overhead through the cloud. Certainly, it depends on your business, but there’s a great deal of potential for savings—even if you just use one of the cost-saving solutions outlined here.
Cloud software development options exist, and you can use solutions like Windows log management to simplify the management of what you produce. Cloud computing software options generally provide greater potential than on-site solutions, owing to the greater “horsepower” behind them.
Internet of Things (IoT) devices can also be quite worthwhile as a means of increasing data collection and streamlining operations. Cloud computing can help you manage large IoT arrays.
Also, IoT can be used as its own sort of on-site cloud through the practice of edge computing. Cloud computing isn’t really edge computing, but it’s the same principle, so it’s worth mentioning here. That said, cloud computing is a key component in decentralization, and getting your business up-to-date may be strategically viable for competitive reasons soon.
Software, hardware, BYOD, DaaS, DRaaS, IoT, decentralization, security, backups—all these things are possible through the cloud, and at a decreased cost to your business. In fact, you’re likely to see more tech potential and utility for your savings. You make more money while spending less with proper utilization of the cloud—and you don’t need to totally transition.
Consult tech professionals in your area to determine whether or not cloud computing solutions are right for your business. Google just produced their first Quantum computer, and you can bet the quantum cloud is on the way. Getting aboard the cloud now, and finding your cruising altitude, maybe competitively necessary very soon.
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