For many small business owners, moving to the cloud can be intimidating. The technology world moves quickly, and it’s hard to keep up with the constant upgrades and changes you should be making to keep your company’s information safe. That’s where Maine Technology Group steps in. It’s our goal to make upgrading your IT systems and processes as seamless as possible. Businesses of all sizes and across all industries are migrating their systems to the cloud at an unprecedented rate. There are several benefits to cloud systems, including better security for your company data, greater integration for your business’s systems, and major cost savings.
A common question business owners ask is “How safe is my data, and my clients’ data, on the cloud?” The cloud is designed to protect your information against a variety of threats, ranging from weather disasters to hackers. In the event of a disaster, recovery of your information takes only minutes. The cloud also offers document version-history for easy access to previous drafts of presentations, agreements and other important data. “Not only is the cloud secure, but cloud service providers are able to offer even better security than what most mid-market organizations can assemble internally because the scale of large cloud providers allows them the ability to hire the industry’s top experts and employ the latest technology." (source: SWC, 2016) At Maine Technology Group, we work with businesses across all industries and of all sizes, regardless of which industry you are in or the strict compliance regulation your business may face. Our storage and backup solutions meet even the harshest of standards.
Integration for your Systems
One of the biggest benefits to implementing the cloud is the level of integration it provides. “… today, data analytics suppliers have come a long way to provide complete solutions to address your operational, prescriptive, and predictive reporting and data needs – all wrapped up in a single cloud stack making deployments a breeze. (source: SWC, 2016)” Cloud applications allow for easier file and image sharing, which is a big help in the workplace. Think about all the times you had to ask a coworker to send you a logo image or other commonly used file. If you implemented a cloud application such as DropBox, you could simply login and download the file yourself instantly, without having to bug a coworker and wait for them to respond to your request. In terms of company software, the cloud allows you to avoid purchasing expensive software, then installing individual pieces of required hardware. Instead, you’re able to quickly download what you need on demand, and you can typically begin using those applications right away.
DID YOU KNOW? A survey by Citrix of their MSPs indicated that 50% of them are planning to move their desktop-as-a-service workloads to the public cloud by June 2016. It’s time for your business to start storing your data safer and smarter.
Another major benefit to migrating your company’s systems to the cloud is the cost savings. Cost savings with the cloud comes in many forms, from less wasted time among employees during work hours, to fewer software costs. “A common argument for not migrating to the cloud is that you’ve already made significant hardware investments… (however) it is important to understand and evaluate the future variable costs that are dragged along with those sunk costs. Much of the expertise that you must keep on staff or on contract in order to monitor, patch, maintain and upgrade the storage and application servers is significant but can be reduced or eliminated with a move to the cloud.” (source: SWC, 2016)
Benefits to migrating your systems to the cloud include better safety for company and client data, greater integration for your business’s systems, and significant cost savings. At MTG, we provide our clients with more than 40 options for cloud solutions. From our portfolio of approved Cloud suppliers, we’ll help you determine the right public, private or hybrid Cloud solution for your needs.
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