For today’s small businesses, cloud computing is inevitable. What used to be an innovative solution used unintentionally for storing data and information, is now mainstream and considered an affordable option for small businesses. If you’re interested in learning more about how cloud computing might fit with your company, the information below answers some of the many questions around this possible IT solution for your small to medium-sized business.
Types of cloud?
Although presented as one, there are different types of clouds. The public cloud is often the low cost solution, as you would be sharing infrastructure, data centers, software, and hardware with other users. Advantages to this are best-of-breed processes, affordability and access to solutions that would otherwise be cost prohibitive to a small business. The private cloud provides greater control and security while allowing for increased performance and flexibility as the main shared resource is infrastructure. Your database and applications are stored separately. Finally, the hybrid cloud allows for a combination of both public and private to be implemented.
What are the options?
You may quickly find that there is a seemingly endless list of cloud service providers out there, so it can be a challenge to select one that is right for your business. It might be tempting to go with a low cost, big-name cloud solution from companies such as Google or Amazon, but you might want more support and control of your data. Service features to look for that will help you choose include upgrade frequency, security guidelines, data control and customer support. Like any transition there are associated costs, so take the time to research the best solution.
What information should be moved to the cloud?
Now that you’re considering options, you might wonder how much you should rely on the cloud for your data storage. Your risk threshold for information such as financial data, customer data, and personnel information might be higher, so take into consideration data security needs. If you consider that hackers may target cloud storage systems based on the volume of information they might acquire from one source, you might be wary of what you store in the cloud.
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