You're considering moving to the cloud? Here's why you should

Monday, 17 August 2015

I think everyone in Australia right now can agree that “Cloud” is more than just a buzzword. You’ve heard it time and time again. Your sons and daughters say it when they are talking about movies, games and music and look at you funny when you ask what cloud is.

Don’t worry. We are here to help!

You’ve heard about the cloud, but what exactly is it?

In the simplest terms, cloud computing simply means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of on your local network/hard drive. In a more technical sense, cloud computing is a synonym for distributed computing over a network, which allows for multiple users to connect to applications over the internet at the same time.

There is no debating that cloud computing is the way of the future and if you haven’t already moved, you may be falling behind.

  • 94 percent of organisations surveyed are running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service (Cloud).
  • 87 percent of organisations are using public cloud.

Statistics taken from RightScale 2014 State of the Cloud Report

How would cloud computing benefit MY business?

Imagine this - All of your data and business computing programs are now running online. It means that your staff can access your data from anywhere, anytime provided that they have an internet connection. Did you leave that file on your work computer that you wanted to do a little more work on at home? Do your staff need to access certain documents while they are on the road, or even on their smart phone?

The cloud offers these solutions that allow your business to stay functional when you need it most.

What are the direct benefits to operating in the cloud instead of having your data on-site?

IT staffing no longer need to worry about keeping your hardware up to date, that is all handled by your cloud service provider.

Software Maintenance – Microsoft software that is hosted on cloud servers can also be leased on a monthly subscription model, meaning that instead of paying exorbitant prices for an individual license, you would only have to pay a small price per month, per license. Better yet, leased Microsoft licenses include updates to the latest versions meaning that you don’t need to spend another chunk of money every 3 or so years!

Frees up physical space – You don’t have the need to host any servers on your business premise. Depending on the size of the business, sometimes this can be an entire room or multiple. Also factor in the electricity costs to run air-conditioning 24/7 and have staff maintain the hardware.

The perfect balance of work-life – Having access to all calendars, e-mails, data and programs from home, work and anywhere you may be, even at the airport waiting for a flight or trying to see if you have anything booked in for the next week.

Here at Xtreme IT, we have over 900 happy customers already utilising the cloud. It may be time for you to investigate what the cloud has to offer for your business.

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