You’ve probably heard a lot about cloud computing in recent years, but still may be unsure whether it is worth switching from an on premise IT system to one based on the nebulous concept of the cloud.

While cloud computing instantly raises concerns about security and reliability for some people, others are unsure of the benefits cloud computing can bring to their small and medium sized business.

Below we have compiled a list of the top reasons small businesses like yours should consider moving to the cloud.

Access your files from anywhere

One of the most alluring benefits of cloud computing is the ability to access work related files and information from any place, at any time. Cloud computing enables businesses and end users to access their software, servers, data and other IT resources from anywhere with an internet connection.

 Let your computer system grow with your business

Cloud computing provides enormous flexibility in implementing IT solutions for your company. Small and emerging businesses generally require access to IT solutions which can adjust to their business’ needs. Unlike traditional on premise systems which would require additional equipment if your business were to expand rapidly, cloud computing can be easily scaled to suit the changing needs of your business.

Save money on capital and infrastructure costs

Cloud computing drastically reduces the capital costs associated with purchasing IT infrastructure. Instead of paying for costly hardware infrastructure and the labour required to manage servers, electricity, cooling, and maintenance, organisations utilising cloud computing just have to pay a fixed or pay-per-user fee.

Effective disaster recovery and business continuity

It is not uncommon for small and medium businesses to have fragile business environments, where changing market conditions, consumer demands and other factors can greatly affect the business. Similarly, most SMBs lack well designed disaster recovery and business continuity infrastructure.

Unless someone in the business is proactively maintaining your business’ IT system and regularly running backups, it is likely that a disruptive event such as a power outage could result in data loss and prolonged downtime.

Cloud computing ensures the protection, restoration and continuation of business processes and applications in the event of a disruption. Due to the managed service platform of cloud computing, business data and applications are stored, managed and secured by the cloud service provider; meaning you will never experience prolonged downtime or lost data again.

Managed IT services

SMB’s usually can’t afford an IT department that ensures its computing resources are always performing as they should be.

Cloud service providers work throughout the day as your dedicated help desk and IT support that manages your cloud-sourced infrastructure. Through switching to the cloud, Small businesses like yours will be able to focus on the day-to-day running of your business, rather than spending valuable time and resources buying, deploying and managing your business’ underlying infrastructure. Cloud service providers also find and resolve network problems much quicker than in-house IT.

Guaranteed Security

Security is understandably the biggest concern for any business considering cloud technology.

However, in a lot of ways cloud computing can be more secure than traditional on premise IT systems.

One of the top priorities and most essential service offerings of cloud providers is to secure the IT assets of its customers. They will do whatever it takes to ensure the security of their customer’s data and applications.

Like Synapse, most cloud providers use encryption algorithms that are stored in an environment that has multi-layered security and authentication mechanisms such as physical security checks, biometrics, component-level login and more.

Cloud systems are more economical

Regardless of a business’s nature, striving for monetary gains is among their top business objectives. Cloud computing is considered more economical than traditional IT models as they require only minimal operational expenditure and cost less to source, manage and operate. With cloud computing, the in-house servers, storage and disaster recovery capital costs can be significantly reduced or eliminated altogether.

When a business considers expanding, they can upgrade to a more powerful server without incurring any additional capital costs. Businesses are only required to pay for the services used, not for the server purchase and the associated resources.

Cloud computing also ensures that IT costs are predictable and help to forecast future IT budgets more efficiently.

Our cloud technology is managed directly by us. We solve any problems that arise immediately to reduce the impact on your business. If you would like to learn more about Synapse IT’s cloud computing services, please ­contact us today.

Hayden McMaster