Cloud-savvy businesses are 2-3 times more likely to build a competitive advantage and can double their revenue growth from the cloud. At the same time cloud-based services can reduce your operating costs by as much as 20% or more. Are you ready to take your small business to the clouds?

What the Cloud Can Do for You

Cloud computing can both store and analyze your data, whether its market research or financial transactions. Through instant creation of shared files with easy access for all employees, you can keep your business running smoothly and efficiently, with everyone on the same page.

Cloud computing also offers an easily scalable service that can grow along with your company, avoiding the outages, costs, and hassle of upgrades and outages. And utility-based metering means you pay only for what you use, and save money in the long run.

One-third of organizations use four or more different cloud services. But choosing a single provider will help you find better solutions for your business, create new revenue streams, and improve your analytics. Learn more about the options available so you can make the best choice for your business.

Public or Private?

Public cloud providers own and manage the infrastructure required for cloud computing: hardware, software, security, and maintenance. These options are low cost and highly reliable. Common consumer services like Google Office and Dropbox are public cloud providers.

Security is where private clouds offer a big benefits. Whether it’s managed by a third-party service or your own onsite data center, private clouds offer more security, customization, and scalability. But private clouds can be more expensive to operate.

Nearly half of business and technology experts choose a hybrid solution for cloud computing. By create separate public and private clouds for your company, hybrid solutions offer security where it’s needed, and easy access where it’s less of a concern. Data on hybrid clouds can be moved between the public and private clouds as needed.

Security Concerns

One of the primary concerns of businesses is the security and privacy of their cloud-stored data. Organizations’ cloud-based services experience security threats more than 23 times each month, and only 8% of services meet business’ expectation for privacy and security.

While private clouds offer better security, they’re still in need of improvements. New technologies can build software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) that securely share data and cloud-based applications between office networks and data centers, over vast distances.

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Journey To The Cloud