“Remember: when disaster strikes, the time to prepare has already passed.” -Steven Cyros
Disasters are often disguised and almost always come unannounced. This is why it is always better to be prepared well in advance, so that when unfortunate times come, we aren’t devastated and knocked out of our peace.
In the business world, disasters could result in loss of valuable data, system failures, and damage to infrastructure and warehouse stocks, among other many.
Here are some ways in which cloud based services can protect your business if (God forbid) any disaster falls upon your business:
Cloud storage is the best investment that you can make for your business. You never know when a disaster or a natural calamity might occur. Migrating your applications and documents on the cloud means that all of this valuable data is backed up on the cloud. Thus, if you are using a cloud-based service for your business, then your business will go on smoothly even after the occurrence of a disaster or the death of the firm’s owner or partner. You can be completely free of the risk of losing your important data.
IT infrastructure involves setting up computer systems, machines, routers, servers, wires, equipment, devices, etc. This results in the need for huge office space in order to set up all these things. Heavy expenses on programming and maintenance are avoided. With cloud computing, you can have access to everything over the server, and therefore, it reduces the need to have a large office space to set up the computer systems, and other things.
With cloud computing, you can store your files and applications over the cloud, and later, access or retrieve them from anywhere just with an active internet connection. And you will pay only for the space that you consume on the cloud, and at any time scale your operations according to your needs. Also, you have the option of storing your data either on premises or off premises according to your firm’s requirements. And you have the option to choose from public, private or hybrid cloud storage depending on your security concerns and other considerations.
You wouldn’t need to spend time is complex procedures for backing up of data, for instance, by maintaining tapes, CDs, drives, manual records, etc. Another drawback of such backup system is that it takes quite some time for the restore operations and is often prone to malfunctions. With cloud support services, it becomes possible to automatically dispatch data to any location without any security or capacity issues.
At some point in time you would have come across situations when you wanted to send those large multimedia photos or videos to people, but the minute you start attaching the files in your drafted mail, you were unable to do so. This was because through emails, you can only send files of a specified storage limit. Cloud-based services allow you to overcome this limitation by letting you share large files and applications, that you otherwise cannot over emails.
Cloud collaboration tools allow users to share computer files over the cloud and work collaboratively on them. The files are uploaded by users to the cloud where they are stored securely, after which other can access them in real-time and work on them. Moreover, these tools allow employers or business owners to track and manage the progress of their employees’ assignments in order to maintain work efficiency. And also, there is a feature for controlling what documents should be visible to what audience.
Work from anywhere
The cloud connection always remains on as long as you have an active internet connection. It offers improved mobility in the sense that data and applications are always available to the employees irrespective of where they are. They can access their office work via their own devices from literally anywhere, be it their homes, restaurants, retail stores, etc, or even while traveling. More so, most of the top cloud service providers ensure that you are not even restricted by the device you’ve got in hand.
Haven’t you moved to the cloud yet? You wouldn’t necessarily need to move all your operations over the cloud at once but rather you can move some elements of your infrastructure initially and when the need arises, you can scale your operations accordingly. Surely, there is an inexhaustive list of benefits that you can avail from cloud computing. But more importantly, it can the best disaster recovery plan for you business, be it a startup, small or medium enterprise, or even if it is a large business.