A majority of all business operations across the various sectors have already moved onto the cloud, but it’s the SME sector that is still lagging behind. At times, this is because of an incomplete understanding of what exactly business cloud services are and what benefits could possibly justify the initial investment. On that note, let’s get started on the many benefits that you can expect by moving your business to the cloud.
Constant Backup Prevents Critical Business Data Loss
If you have used MS Office recently, you may have already noticed how everything syncs and saves online every few seconds. That has pretty much been the system with Google’s Office Suite from almost the beginning. Now imagine a managed services provider that actively backs up all data related to your entire business on encrypted cloud backup servers in much the same way.
This ensures that none of your business data is ever lost, even in case of an unexpected disaster. It’s an essential part of disaster management, irrespective of whether the disaster is brought on by malware, an active hacking attempt, or a natural calamity. In other words, managed backup services via the cloud ensure business continuity and disaster recovery even in worst-case scenarios.
Dynamic Network and System Protection
Your managed services provider can either be proactive with threats posed to a client’s system and network, or they can have a dynamic approach. If you are working with a competent IT services provider that constantly monitors your network and system via the cloud, their reaction to threats will always be dynamic.
A responsive reaction to threat is when the IT service provider only acts after receiving a complaint from the client. A dynamic reaction is instant, and it is only possible when the IT service provider is monitoring everything 24/7.
Instead of waiting for the client to file a complaint and sending them a ticket number, they will start working on security issues as soon as they appear. They will still acknowledge a complaint if the client also detects the same, of course, but in most cases, a dynamic response team will be the first to send their clients notifications about an impending problem, as well as what steps they are taking to solve it.
Encrypted Cloud Servers
Local servers have their advantages, but they should no longer be your only option. Local hardware can fail without notice, and it can be subject to internal sabotage and leaks. Encrypted cloud servers, on the other hand, make it much more difficult for anyone without authenticated access to hack into them from inside or outside the system. If you are dealing with a managed services provider, even they will not be able to decrypt and access the information stored on their client’s cloud servers.
Finally, it should be mentioned that shifting your business to the cloud does not rob your business of anything that you have come to expect from local IT. You should still be able to choose what goes up into the cloud and what stays on the company’s local servers.