On-premise file server technology still exists — and will for years to come — but it’s hard not to feel archaic when continually opting for traditional servers over progressive cloud storage solutions. Thus, if for no other reason than to feel like you’re moving forward with the times, cloud migration is something you’ve probably thought about at least once or twice.
Reasons for Cloud Computing for Businesses
There’s nothing easy or quick about migrating your files to the cloud; however, there’s ample evidence to suggest that a transition yields a multitude of benefits. Here are five specific reasons why you need to consider migrating:
- Scalability. One of the primary benefits of cloud storage is the ability to scale up and down according to real-time demands. “If the company needs more RAM, hard drive space, or CPUs, each can be added quickly, often in a matter of minutes,” says one expert. “If you hire more employees, the additional software user license subscriptions can be easily added to your solution. The same applies if you need to downgrade IT resources. It’s like technology on demand!”
- Security. While many people assume that storing files and data in the cloud means opening their business up to additional security risks, the truth is that today’s cloud solutions have much higher levels of security and data integrity than on-premise solutions that are exposed to a number of dangers. If you’re looking for better cyber security, a move to the cloud is an excellent solution.
- Cost savings. Perhaps the biggest reason why businesses move to the cloud in the first place is the cost savings associated with eliminating on-premise servers and adopting a “pay-as-you-go” approach. As a result, you only end up paying for what you use. This cuts expenses and can save thousands of dollars each year.
- Remote access. When you’re using on-premise servers, you’re forced to be physically present in the office (or are restricted to a specific device) in order to access files and tools. All of this goes away with the cloud. Since the cloud operates in cyberspace, you can access everything remotely. This frees you up to do business on the road, at home, or in the office.
- Relevancy. Finally, migration should be on the top of your list of priorities, simply because it’s becoming standard practice in most industries. Do you really want to be the company known for sticking with outdated business principles? That could negatively impact your image with both employees and customers.
Every business is unique, which means the benefits of cloud migration will vary from company to company. And while the degree to which you enjoy these benefits may differ, your business should enjoy each of these five advantages when doing away with on-premise file server technology and instead opting for progressive cloud solutions.