Utilise cloud computing in business for cost effective online backups, outsourced servers and full scalability, no matter the size of your company.
What is the cloud?
Cloud computing has become essential to modern businesses as it allows you to house your phone system off-site, rather than in your office. Cloud platforms ensure you have a place to store and access your data through the internet, rather than in a hard drive, meaning you have unlimited data usage.
To benefit from cloud software solutions for your communications, you need a secure and reliable business broadband solution. At Woodstock IT we can design, install and maintain your cloud services, as well as upgrading or downgrading it based on your needs.
Benefits of cloud computing for businesses
Cloud computing comes with a wealth of benefits for businesses, such as:
- Cloud storage: Cloud storage allows you to store your data on a server in a data centre, and access it remotely.
- Cloud backup: Cloud backup is a form of data backup which stores a copy of your data on a remote server. This will give you peace of mind that your data is safe in the event of an IT disaster.
- Multiple servers: Cloud computing is hosted over multiple servers to prevent downtime. If one of your servers goes down, there are multiple others able to keep your site running.
- Reduced costs: When using cloud services, you only need to pay your cloud providers for the resources you actually need, significantly reducing costs.
- Disaster recovery: Cloud computing provides simpler disaster recovery schemes by ensuring data is stored across different servers, allowing backup data to be restored during the primary server’s failure.
Virtual office flexibility
Cloud infrastructure allows you to connect to your business from anywhere at any time. This is ideal for businesses who have a large number of people working from home.
With the number of internet-enabled devices increasing, accessing data from multiple devices is highly convenient. If all of your IT fails, you can still access your data from someone else’s device.
Reduced IT costs
Migrating to cloud computing will reduce the cost of maintaining your IT systems. By using the resources held by your cloud provider, you can cut your cloud costs. You can lower your costs due to:
- the cost of system upgrades (new hardware and software may be included in your contract)
- you no longer need to pay wages for expert staff (we can do all the hard work for you!)
- your energy consumption costs may be reduced
- fewer time delays
As with any business, data storage may need to be quickly adapted to suit your situation. With a cloud operating system, this can be easily resolved.
Rather than purchasing and installing expensive upgrades yourself, your cloud computer service provider can handle this for you. Using the cloud and outsourcing its maintenance frees up your time so you can get on with running your business.
Safe and secure data
Protecting your data and systems is an important part of business continuity planning. One of the main cloud benefits is data security. Your data will be stored in the cloud where it will remain protected and secure in a safe location. If you experience data corruption, you will be able to gain access to your sensitive data, allowing you to conduct business as usual.
A cloud environment allows you to communicate with and share documents to external sources. If you are working on a project across different locations, you will still be able to access your cloud data. You can also edit documents in real time, which will prevent two people from accidentally trying to edit a document separately.
Depending on your cloud computing service provider, your system will be regularly updated with the latest technology.
Our partnered software
At Woodstock IT, we have partnered with Dropbox and Office 365 to provide you with the right cloud services. We also offer Microsoft Azure services that will allow you to run and manage applications across multiple clouds, utilising a variety of tools.
As part of your package, we will come in and set up your cloud service, train your team on how to use it, and provide you with ongoing maintenance, support, and regular updates and health checks.
Google is a great example of a cloud platform. The Google Cloud allows you to create and store work via products like Google Docs and Google Calendars. Microsoft’s Office 365 and Microsoft Azure offer cloud computing solutions that allow groups to create and share data such as contacts, files, calendars, and meetings and be able to access this from any internet-connected device. We picked our business partners because we believe they are the best tools on the market for our customers.
Are you ready to make the switch?
When it comes to businesses, many organisations are behind on utilising a cloud service provider, as it means moving everything over to the cloud. However, cloud migration is easier than it seems with our services. We can take care of your cloud migrations in a timely manner, causing the least disruption to your business.
To help you understand how cloud computing could benefit your business, why not get in touch with us? We have a wealth of knowledge on planning, building, and supporting cloud computing systems and can offer a full service from initial setup to ongoing maintenance.