Nowadays going digital isn’t just a bonus, but expected, thanks to the speed and ease of being online – so why should it be any different for your business? According to this survey conducted by the government, 70% of SMEs promote goods and services through a website. If your business is among this 70%, it’s probably time you got to grips with cloud storage.
For those who are still a bit foggy about the cloud, it’s a buzzword in IT circles: a digital solution where information is stored entirely online (no more filing cabinets or stacks of ring binders for you).
There are many different cloud services available online, from the free and simple, to the super secure and expertly-managed.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with information when trying to research yourself, so we’ve asked the specialists at Rockford IT – recent winners of our Business Boost competition – to explain exactly why getting on board with clouds will transform your business – the sky’s the limit…
1. Cloud storage is the economical answer
“Getting an online cloud system set up means no need to buy high-end equipment: data storage on desktops is expensive. You have to account for the cost of the machine and its replacement every three to four years. Add back-ups, antivirus maintenance and management and you could be spending an average of £2800 per PC per year (Gartner, 2011).
“A managed service provider like Rockford IT will charge a monthly fee for a virtualised (cloud) solution that encompasses high quality hardware, updates, security, and monitoring. This model moves the cost from CAPEX to OPEX and relieves pressure on your IT team.”
2. Room for manoeuvre
“Virtualised machines are easily scalable. As you grow, you can take on extra resources without any major capital expense. A single virtual machine can run as many as 10 server applications. That’s a lot of money saved.”
3. Safe, not sorry
“Good cloud services offer better security. A company like Rockford IT spends a lot of money and time on ensuring their data centre infrastructure meets the highest security standards. This means you don’t have to spend your own money protecting this aspect of your IT systems.”
So despite its relative newness, cloud storage can in fact be much more secure than simply storing your data offline, or manually, where it’s hard to trace if its lost or corrupted due to external problems.
4. Easy access
“Flexible working is increasing. A virtual cloud solution enables all remote workers to access the same centrally held data securely.”
This means that employees can work from anywhere in the world, provided they have an internet connection.
About Rockford IT
This guest post comes courtesy of Nick Deane, Marketing Manager at Rockford IT. Rockford IT has been delivering expert IT assistance for over 12 years, providing SMEs with managed IT services, hosting, security and disaster management services, amongst much more. Visit their website to find out more about what they have to offer.