Why Move to the Cloud?
The cloud is quickly becoming a favorite destination among organizations when it comes to storing their business data. It seems everywhere you look, businesses are ditching the CapEx equipment like servers and network gear typically used to run their businesses for more sleek, scalable OpEx options in the cloud.
But why? Hosting your data in the cloud has benefits. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 reasons your organization should consider migrating your infrastructure to the cloud.
Engineered Cost Savings
Hosting your data in the cloud can be one of the most cost-effective things you can do for your business. There are little to no physical servers required to keep in your data center and no hefty electricity requirements to keep the equipment running when you leverage cloud services because cloud computing companies like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure host the data for you.
The benefit of building working with a managed service provider like BlackHawk Data is that you save money on personnel costs. You get access to a team of professional cloud engineers who can automate your cloud systems. More automation leads to lower costs over time.
Another bonus – you only pay for the space you’re currently using. This means that if your computing needs change, you aren’t stuck paying for over-provisioned servers.
Security in cloud-based data centers and applications has been one of the biggest concerns businesses express when considering making the switch. Because of this, cloud-based vendors have invested heavily in ensuring their platforms are as secure as possible. They have staff dedicated to monitoring and resolving alerts generated within their cloud environment in real-time so you don’t have to.
With cybersecurity attacks on the rise, trusting your critical business processes to a company that specializes in cloud computing and security just makes sense.
Many cloud-based vendors segment their hosted data centers into different geographical regions and configure automatic redundancy to improve reliability across their platforms. This means that if one cloud-based region were to go dark, your data would automatically failover to another location, minimizing any negative impact on your business.
This can also come in handy in the event of a cybersecurity attack – backups of your critical business information can be restored at another location if a set of virtual servers are breached.
Increased Accessibility & Productivity
When data is stored in the cloud, it reduces the complexity of accessing it while outside the office. Employees can work remotely and access company data from any device without the need of being inside a brick and mortar office or logging in via a VPN.
Allowing employees to remotely access and share key documents also promotes enhanced collaboration across the workforce. Staff can communicate and collaborate in real-time in a secure environment, keeping your data safe.
Keeping data in the cloud reduces the need for ongoing server maintenance and energy consumption because cloud providers maintain the environment.
Spinning up new servers is also much more efficient in a cloud-based environment, allowing you to add more hosts or decommission those no longer needed in a fraction of the time.
How BlackHawk Can Help
At BlackHawk Data, we’re dedicated to empowering your business through the use of technology. We have the experience and the resources to help move your organization from on-premise to the cloud.Contact us today to learn more.
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