Introducing cloud deployment into a business environment can be a daunting task if you don’t fully understand the impact, whether positive or negative. When talking about business continuity, there are a myriad of benefits that can help to ensure the future of your business, all outlined in this blog from 777 Networks.
So, how does cloud deployment affect business continuity? Cloud deployment can benefit business continuity through its additional security features, scalability, cost saving potential and collaboration within teams. These benefits massively outweigh the very small amount of cons that come with introducing cloud deployment.
Read on to find out more about the many benefits of cloud deployment for business continuity.
How Can Cloud Deployment Benefit Business Continuity?
Cloud computing comes with a myriad of benefits for businesses, including increasing business continuity. This includes costs, security and scalability which we discuss in more detail below. Although there are a small number of cons to switching a business to the cloud over in-house servers, the benefits massively outweigh these and can often be resolved with easy fixes. Here are the major benefits of cloud deployment for business continuity:
Cloud service providers, such as 777 Networks backup data often, meaning previous versions of documents and other data can be accessed when required, avoiding the loss of hours of important work. There are multiple layers of security included in cloud servers and services, including multiple backup servers in different locations to avoid a single point of failure, unlike in-house servers which rely on only one location.
Another security measure included with cloud systems is access permissions, individual users can be given different permissions on individual documents. This minimises the risk of human error, and data loss from natural disasters. Firewalls, identity management, and encryption are other levels of protection that your cloud hosting provider may offer. All of these security measures promote business continuity by avoiding disaster from potential internal and external threats.
Cloud hosting offers a large amount of storage for files in a convenient location that everyone in the business can access with granted permissions. You can even limit access to certain people or require a password to access certain documents and applications, increasing security.
Cloud computing and its systems requires a much smaller investment when compared to relying on an in-house team and the resources spent on server maintenance. This is well suited to smaller companies, especially those looking to expand whilst spending the least amount of money. Cloud services are often subscription based, meaning a predictable monthly or yearly fee that can easily be factored into business budgets.
Cloud services and hosting promotes collaboration within the business as data and files can be accessed across multiple devices, providing a strong internet connection is available. As access is available across multiple devices, documents become collaborative, increasing productivity and team morale. Having the ability to work together on a document in real time, saves time sending them back and forth via emails. Important files are protected against loss with automatic saving to the cloud. Additionally, clients can easily be added to documents for instant collaboration.
If you are interested in how cloud hosting is more beneficial than traditional hosting for businesses, check out our recent blog.
Are There Any Major Cons to Cloud Deployment for Businesses?
The few cons of cloud deployment include its reliability on a stable internet connection for everyone in the business to be able to take advantage of the benefits.. However, the large majority of businesses who require an internet connection to complete day-to-day operations will prioritise supplying a strong connection to their staff, so this shouldn’t be much of a problem, especially with the release of Wi-Fi 6.
Cloud deployment is also far more reliable when compared to in-house servers as cloud servers have multiple backup servers in different locations, so it does not rely on a single point of failure.
Your business may also require a partnership with an IT company to ensure everything is properly configured. The IT Company may also need to help with setting up security measures for your cloud system, although most systems come with their own security features that continuously update to keep your data safe. If you already have an internal or external IT team then they should have the appropriate expertise to solve this issue.
Some businesses don’t like the idea of not owning the software they are using, as this means it is out of their control. However,this is more of a personal preference and it doesn’t actually impact the usability of the features.
To conclude, the benefits of cloud deployment far outweigh the cons, and the existing cons can mostly be solved with forward thinking and simple fixes. Cloud deployment is a worthwhile investment for daily business operations as well as prolonging your business’ continuity.
Cloud Services at 777 Networks
At 777 Networks, we are big advocates for the deployment of secure Cloud-based IT systems for business, and we have worked with all our clients through the years in doing just that.
Our services include Cloud Phone System Migrations, Cloud Computing System Migrations, and cloud server management. Contact a member of our team today to find out more about how we can help you implement cloud deployment into your business.