Does your organization run their own email server or web server in house? If so, it may be time to switch to a hosted solution for your companies needs. Hosting applications and services with a cloud vendor is a smart and practical thing to do. As you will see, moving to a cloud based solution can cut administrative and hardware costs, and give you a faster ROI. The bottom line for small businesses is that cloud services make IT investments manageable.

The advantages of using cloud based solutions:

  • Reduced IT costs
  • Scalability
  • Opportunities for flexible working practices
  • Back-up

Reduced IT costs

Using cloud based services, such as cloud based email, can help your organization reduce its IT costs. If you move some of your applications off-site to a cloud provider, you reduce your hardware needs. For example, if you move your exchange server to a hosted exchange provider, you no longer need the hardware to run the exchange server in house. This could eliminate multiple servers or at least reduce the server requirements if you host exchange on the same server as your applications. Maintenance is also reduced. Your company no longer has to worry about upgrading the software to the newest version as well as the hardware it runs on. All upgrades are managed by the data center hosting your application and is seamless to the end user.

Operational cost savings can also be made to your staffing requirements. By outsourcing your IT needs your business may no longer need the same levels of in-house technical expertise – allowing you to focus more on your core business.

Scalability

Cloud computing allows your business to easily upscale or downscale your IT requirements as and when required. For example, if you are hosting your website with a cloud provider, it is easy to upgrade your server, or add an additional server for load balancing. Typically all you need to do is click a few buttons and the additional servers are provisioned for your use. Then you just pay the monthly fee associated with them. You do not need to worry about anything else.

Opportunities for flexible working practices

Cloud services allows for employes to access their data anywhere they have access to the internet. This allows your organization to setup work practices such as telecommuting and even makes it easier to have remote offices. Cloud based services also allows for such things as accessing email on your smart phone with ease.

Back-up

Many cloud providers bundle backup services into their products for little or no additional cost. This essentially gives your organization access to an enterprise managed level backup for all of your hosted data. This can be a great relief especially if your company did not have any backup procedures in place before the switch to a hosted solution.

Conclusion

Moving some or all of your corporate services, such as email, web hosting, or file sharing to a cloud provider may be a good idea. If you are looking to reduce IT costs, then hosted solutions are the right move. In some cases, you may be able to eliminate your companies entire IT infrastructure, moving it completely to the cloud. Cloud based solutions makes complex technology solutions simple. It allows you to focus on what is really important: growing your business, satisfying your customers’ needs, and making a profit.