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Maximise Benefits, Minimise Risk: Moving Your Small Business to Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is growing rapidly, and like all business trends, taking advantage of this change offers both opportunities and challenges. Yes – we said the dreaded business word – challenges. For small or medium-sized businesses, migrating your operations to the cloud can be a daunting task. You’re taking a leap of faith into what can be the unknown and reply on a system you may be unfamiliar with, but the rewards can give you a market leading edge over competitors.

You’ve heard all about cost-savings, improved application services and more freedom to get down to work. It all sounds great, but the real question is whether Cloud computing is right for your business. After all, relinquishing full IT control is a big deal for any business, large or small, especially as you’ve got sensitive data to protect.

When you move to the Cloud, make sure you’re taking all the right precautions. For an extra boost of confidence, we’re bringing you our top three best practices for shifting to Cloud computing.

Best Practice 1 – Stay Safe
A data breach can be a publicity nightmare. In fact, some serious data breaches have forced companies out of business! From that perspective, the Cloud can seem like a veritable minefield.

In our experience, over-the-top fears over security are unwarranted. The truth is Cloud providers offer premium security services at a cost that is more affordable and easier to manage than on-site hosting, particularly if you’re a small or medium sized business.

Cloud computing providers are not only better equipped to handle IT security infrastructure, but are also poised for all possible threats, taking the weight off your shoulders so you can go back to running your business the way you want.

For more information, read our Cloud Security blog and let us know if you have any further questions.

Best Practice 2 – Stay Small
Here’s an IT “fact of life” — servers age. If your systems are moving sluggishly or precariously, you might be outgrowing your infrastructure. It could be time for a new IT face-lift, via a Cloud provider.

Rather than having servers on-site, Cloud providers act from off-site locations, virtualising their servers to handle greater traffic and workloads. Rather than replace your servers with new, expensive models, you can instead clear out the IT corner of your office and free up both psychical and mental space for creative thinking and ideas.

Additionally, the costs traditionally associated with installation, maintenance, hardware, and upgrades are radically diminished—for small businesses, these savings are invaluable.

Best Practice 3 – Stay Speedy
Cloud computing providers minimize your downtime by automatically performing software updates. Your in-house IT staff can focus on the important parts – like driving your productivity!

The other benefit is mobility. Gone are the days of all your files being stuck on a single server. Welcome to Cloud computing —the answer to the call of the contemporary, mobile world. Work faster, from wherever you want!

Still Worried?
Today, 37 percent of small businesses have fully adapted Cloud computing. A 2014 Intuit study predicts that this figure will double by 2020.

Don’t let your small business get left behind, embrace the Cloud to take your business to the next level —you have nowhere to go but up.

For more information, contact Ceterna today.