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What to Know Before Moving to the Cloud

Cloud Computing

Get acquainted before you make the jump to cloud computing

At first, using the cloud can be intimidating and confusing, but once you break it down, it can make your life so much easier.

Here’s an example: Remember that time you left that piece of paper you needed right on your desk? You knew exactly where it was but just couldn’t access it. If that document was in the cloud, it could have saved you a drive back to the office.

Chances are that you’ve used one before, but just didn’t realize it. Regardless, having a better understanding of cloud computing can help you work more efficiently and save money.

Here are a few things you should know before moving over to the cloud.

What is the cloud?

The cloud refers to a vast online storage that holds whatever you want to put into it. In simple terms, it’s like a file cabinet that you can access from anywhere, any time of day as long as you have an internet connection. Some examples you might have already seen include iCloud, Google Drive, or Office 365.

What are the benefits of using the cloud?

Accessibility is a big benefit. You and whoever else you allow can access your data from anywhere at any time of day by using the cloud. If you’re currently running on an in-house server, chances are you can only access that server from your office. By moving to the cloud, you can access all of that information from anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection.

Another perk is security and recovery. If your server goes down, you can’t access your data. By using cloud computing, you will have consistently backed up information, resulting in less loss of work. On top of that, information is no longer compromised if a device or file goes missing. The cloud can allow you to control access to any and all devices.

Another benefit is the environmental impact. Cloud computing makes for fewer data centres, meaning less of a carbon footprint.

How secure is it?

Security measures such as encryption and two-factor authentication can help keep your data protected. There are also additional security measures that can be taken such as keeping your data in two separate locations. One possible drawback is that your data is no longer directly in your hands. Be sure to ask about what sort of security measures your potential cloud provider offers before doing business.

How much will it cost?

That depends on how much storage you’ll need, as well as how much data you will be transferring monthly. The major selling point for cloud computing is that it will replace your need for expensive in-house IT hardware, and that can help reduce your overhead.

Also, know that there is more than one cloud computing company on the market, so it pays to shop around to see what provider will best suit your needs.

It can be easy

If you’re thinking about moving to the cloud, our team of IT professionals can help make the transition quick and painless. Call us today at 604-295-5355 or toll-free at 877-974-2726 and we can help answer any questions you might have about the cloud and cloud computing.