One of the biggest IT buzz terms of the past few years, ‘cloud computing’ has brought incredible promise to the world of information technology. That is why we have compiled the top 5 reasons why your company should rethink your IT infrastructure and look into the benefits of migrating to the cloud.
1. Guaranteed Uptime
The more a company matures, the less downtime it can tolerate. Traditional IT environments with one-to-one servers can leave businesses vulnerable to potentially devastating periods of downtime. If even a single server goes down, it could take three to five days to procure a new server. If that server is running a primary business system or core application, those three to five days could be catastrophic to a company’s operations, reputation, and bottom line. With cloud computing, companies of every size can affordably implement business continuity and dramatically speed the time to recovery. Many cloud service providers offer uptime guarantees that exceed what most businesses can achieve with an on-site installation.
2. Requires Less-In-House Staff
One of the largest expenses when it comes to IT, is employee wages. Savvy IT people don’t come cheap, and the cost of hiring them can often set you back more than the cost of the actual software and hardware. With cloud computing, there will be no technical emergencies on your end, and if there are at the other – DCS’ staffs will jump right on the case. Of course this type of support isn’t offered for free, but they tend to be a lot less than the costs involved when hiring your own full time in-house staff. Lots of organizations that migrate to the cloud use their skilled IT staff in other valuable areas of the company. This allows efficiency to prevail and your wallet to expand.
3. Cut Down Infrastructure Costs
Businesses, no matter what their type or size, exist to earn money while keeping capital and operational expenses to a minimum. With cloud computing, you can save substantial capital costs with zero in-house server storage and application requirements. The lack of on-premises infrastructure also removes their associated operational costs in the form of power, air conditioning and administration costs. You pay for what is used and disengage whenever you like – there is no invested IT capital to worry about. It’s a common misconception that only large businesses can afford to implement cloud services, when in fact, cloud services are extremely affordable for smaller businesses.
4. Round The Clock Support
Often your IT needs don’t stop at the close of business, so partnering with a cloud computing vendor capable of addressing these needs, no matter the time of day, makes all the difference. By choosing DCS, you’ll never deal with an impersonal call center in order to get support. Whether you need assistance overnight, during the week, or even on the weekend, one of our engineers will be available to resolve your technical issues 24x7x365 via email or phone. Our support staffs are entirely U.S.-based, full-time DCS engineers, who undergo regular training to maintain all relevant certifications, and take the necessary steps to understand your company’s hardware, software, business needs, and personnel. Our engineers are, after all, an extension of your staff!
5. Access Anywhere At Anytime
More than ever before, employees are bringing their own notebooks, smartphone and tablets to work, and expect to access their corporate data from those devices. Today, some companies will even reimburse users for their device or their service costs. Users like bringing their own device because it gives them the flexibility to simultaneously access personal and corporate data.
Employers like it because it has the potential to boost productivity of workers by enabling them to choose when, where, and how they work. It can also help companies lower costs by eliminating the need for the acquisition and set up of full desktop computers at every location. However, it can also pose complex challenges for employers that require predictability, standardization, control, and security. Migrating to a cloud environment can help companies manage risk while embracing the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement. Virtual desktops contain all the apps and data users need and they run on every smart phone, tablet, or personal computer.
Migrated to the cloud yet?
Any two of the above benefits would be enough to convince many businesses.
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