In the past decade, the Cloud has emerged as a leading technological development, but many businesses are still hesitant to make the switch.
Whether it is concerns about the cost or confusion of how the migration works, we understand the process can seem overwhelming.
To ease any misunderstandings or questions you have about the Cloud, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to what it actually is and how you can make the move with your business.
The basics: what is the Cloud?
As we have explained in our previous blogs, the Cloud is not a physical hard drive that you can touch or put in your bag.
At the same time, it isn’t a hypothetical space, rather, it is a network of servers that is run by a company, and you can have access to it for a fee.
You would be more familiar with companies like Apple, Dropbox and Google all offering their Cloud services.
What are the benefits of the cloud?
A lot of people seem nervous about moving their data to this program called the “Cloud” – and we understand. But there are risks in keeping everything on one hard drive (hello something being lost or ruined).
One of the major advantages often sprouted by business is the financial savings they make with the Cloud. It is an incredibly cost-effective storage system – only what you use do you pay for. Rather than expending costs on unnecessary storage, you are provided with access as you need it.
Flexibility and accessibility are also integral to the Cloud’s success. No matter where an employee is, they can use and save information onto the Cloud, which facilitates more effective communication across a business.
Finally, the Cloud is the ultimate disaster protection.
You know that feeling when you accidentally delete something and haven’t backed it up somewhere?
You can save yourself from that because the Cloud backs up your information through a number of networks, and they can be logged into from any device.
So, how do I get started?
There two things you must know. Firstly, there are a number of different Cloud options (which we will explain later), and secondly, your transition doesn’t have to be a faceless experience.
Technically, your migration could all occur with you getting in touch with AUS-IT and then us doing all the work on our end. But, we are committed to ensuring all your needs are met, and there is no confusion about what has to occur.
So, in our preliminary meeting, we will discuss the cost efficiencies, necessary business requirements, and payment options. This all happens with an account manager and engineer who are completely dedicated to your project.
First option: your own private Cloud
When switching to the Cloud, you can choose between the private or hybrid services.
Also known as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), it empowers you to retain complete control of the functioning of the Cloud. This includes all the applications, data and operating systems, meaning you can respond quickly to issues and be flexible with change.
The benefits of choosing a private Cloud for your business can be more clearly explained in a meeting with you, but some of the features include:
- Private Cloud is completely customisable to fulfil all the needs specific to your business
- Manageable and predictable expenses per month
- Provision of Administrator status so you can control all of your Cloud Servers
- Back-up processes implemented and managed for you
- Private connectivity
Second option: Hybrid Cloud
The Hybrid Cloud is what most businesses decide to use, simply because no solution is usually easy. For every company, their IT needs will be different and so to move all their data onto Cloud platforms isn’t a viable solution.
That doesn’t the Cloud can’t still play a role in your IT support.
Working with AUS-IT, we can transition the parts of your IT system onto the Cloud, and ensure the rest is managed appropriately. Emails are an example of a system that can be simply moved to the Cloud, but other systems experience difficulties as a result of software, economic or performance reasons.
The next question is, what is right for you?
At AUS-IT, we are not exclusive to one provider and so assess our clients on a case-by-case basis. For some, we may include that a private Cloud solution is optimal for your IT needs, or it may be the hybrid choice.
Ultimately, we draw educated conclusions based on our expert IT knowledge and independent assessment we do of your business, IT needs, and within the scope of your budget.