Businesses rely on cloud computing to a remarkable degree in the modern world. This has only been amplified by recent events forcing the majority of people to work from home. Now more than ever, people rely on remote access to their data, projects, and teamwork communication. Has your business caught up yet?
It’s nearly impossible to stay competitive in the modern business world without at least partially adopting use of cloud computing. Here are a few important things to keep in mind during your transition. #Enstep #cloudcomputing #workfromhome… Click To Tweet
How Can Cloud Computing Help Your Company?
The vast majority of business owners will agree that some degree of cloud computing is an excellent boost to their companies. However, creating your cloud system isn’t as simple as plugging in a new laptop or installing software. There are questions you have to answer and information you’ll need to provide to your cloud service provider. Here are just a few things to consider as you prepare to switch to the cloud:
- Handling downtime
- Keep track of your usage
- Business continuity
1) Handling Downtime
Every cloud user inevitably experiences an outage of some kind. Maybe the cloud is under maintenance or maybe a glitch in the system temporarily locks you out. Whatever the case, make a plan for how to continue working in the meantime with a temporary loss of information access. Additionally, ask your service provider how they handle outages. Will they offer compensation for particularly bad incidents? Knowing ahead of time could save you a lot of headaches later on.
2) Keep Track of Your Usage
Some service providers will bill you based on how much and how often you use their cloud services. Do you know for sure how much you use? Keep track of time logged, storage space used, and whatever other information you’re billed for. This not only helps you see how much work is getting done, but allows you to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth for your cloud storage solution.
Cloud storage tends to be more secure than conventional hard drive storage for a myriad of reasons. However, even the most advanced security systems aren’t perfect. Find out what security measures your service provider uses to keep your data safe. Do they have a proven track record of security? What’s their plan if someone attempts to hack in?
Pro Tip: Your company’s security protocol is only as strong as your weakest password. Lock your information behind secret credentials that are very difficult to guess.
4) Business Continuity
Cloud storage removes the files from your physical location. Consequently, damage to your office’s equipment won’t compromise your data since it’s stored elsewhere. But what about the location of your service provider? If they encounter a natural disaster, how will they preserve your information from being destroyed? Make sure you know their backup plan.
Keep Your Company Up to Date
Part of successful business ownership is staying one step ahead of your competitors. For modern companies, that means taking advantage of technology like the cloud for streamlined work and maximum security. Talk to your IT team today about the best cloud service providers and how soon you can switch over.
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