Moving to the cloud is a major step for any business, regardless of size, age or sector. There are significant benefits to making the switch but rush into the process and there are potential drawbacks too. If you’re not sure which course of action to take, or you’re tasked with helping others come to a decision, then consider these pros and cons of the cloud.
Switching to the Cloud: The Pros
Be More Flexible to Meet Changing Demands
Cloud-based solutions give your business the tools it needs to scale easily. On-premise infrastructure can be limiting, preventing your business from quickly and easily responding to changes in demand.
For example, a major project may require more users or capacity to meet the increased workload. With the cloud, you can be flexible and adaptable, making adjustments to suit your needs at that specific moment. This operational agility can give you an edge over your competitors who need more time to adapt.
Less Capital Expenditure to Deal With
By making the switch to the cloud, and in turn significantly cutting hardware costs, you could potentially see a reduction in costs. This is because you'll only ever need to pay for what you use as you're able to be more flexible to meet your current situation.
Many IT projects are postponed or reworked because of concerns over how much the business will have to spend on hardware. Choose cloud-based solutions and those important projects can now go ahead.
A More Productive (Remote) Team
Outside of work, staff are used to the latest tech on their smartphones and laptops, so it makes sense that they should be able to access the same innovative systems at work too. The cloud allows users to work quickly and productively without encountering the challenges caused by outdated legacy systems.
They’re also able to collaborate with the rest of the team wherever they are. Today’s workforce wants to work from home or while commuting. The cloud gives them the freedom to still be productive wherever they are.
Automatic Security Updates
If you’re working with legacy systems, then you’ll know how time-consuming it can be to maintain the IT infrastructure and prevent breaches caused by vulnerabilities.
Eventually, developers will stop deploying patches that contain security features and move away from the system you’re using. Future exploits that are found by cyber criminals aren’t patched and your whole network is at risk.
Migrate to the cloud and your data is more secure the second you make the switch. This is because cloud providers like Microsoft have invested huge resources into cyber defences. It’s easier to manage your own security when you’re doing it with the tools from their security experts.
Switching to the Cloud: The Perceived Cons
Loss of Control
One of the perceived drawbacks of switching to the cloud is a supposed loss of control. This myth argues that once your business is on the cloud, your data and security can be accessed by anyone other than yourself.
This isn’t true. Just because you’re migrating data to the cloud, it doesn’t mean that the cloud providers have any access at all. You’re still the one that’s responsible for managing your data, it’s just easier to do now you’re on the cloud.
It’s a Bad Fit for Your Business
You might already be well-versed in the benefits of the cloud but feel as though it’s not right for your specific business. This could be because you’re tied into legacy applications that are bespoke to you.
There’s no denying that switching to the cloud can be a difficult process if you’re already committed to existing applications. The process can be smooth and straightforward if you seek external support. As an experienced MSP, we know the common pitfalls and challenges that switching can bring and provide expert assistance to make the process as easy as possible.
It’s More Expensive
The cloud is perceived as being a cheaper option, which is why many businesses rush into making the switch without carrying out vital research and due diligence. However, fail to manage and control the cloud and you could actually end up paying more, especially if you invest in infrastructure that you don’t really need.
It can feel as though costs have increased, although you’re getting much more for your investment. For example, you previously may only have needed to buy a copy of Office (or an equivalent) every three or four years. Although you’re now paying a monthly subscription, you’re accessing the latest software all the time, rather than once every few years.
These systems include cutting-edge capabilities, giving you the edge over competitors that have resisted the switch and forcing you to be relevant. These new features and improved functionality boosts efficiency and productivity, ultimately driving the business forward.
This is why, like with any major business transition, an external opinion is beneficial for both of the above scenarios. Seek the expertise of an MSP when considering changing to the cloud. They’ll have extensive experience helping businesses like yours and can make sure the right steps are taken to ensure the switch is a success without costs increasing. By finding a bespoke solution that suits your needs, you won’t have to pay for additional extras that aren’t relevant to you.
How Your Business Can Benefit by Working With an MSP
It isn’t just cloud migrations that MSPs can help your business with. Out of hours support, system monitoring and cyber security are some of the other services you can take advantage of.
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