Is the forecast for the Cloud calling for fog or sunny skies? Will sunny skies prevail or will fog sock the Cloud in? Will security breaches slow down development or is it full steam ahead? We’re to going check out the forecast for cloud computing in this article.
Are we in for sunny skies, or will an expected cold front bring in foggy skies that slow down cloud adoption?
Do a simple scan of Facebook or LinkedIn, and you’ll quickly find that there are many vendors and solution providers pushing cloud services for small to large enterprises.
You’ll also see that cyber breaches are now a daily occurrence. This leads many business leaders wondering, “is the Cloud safe?”
So, is the Cloud right for your clients’ businesses?
The Cloud’s future is very bright. I’ll argue that it’s now just part of business.
Software and services such as a company’s banking applications, email systems and even “line of business” services in construction, healthcare, law and many others are only available in the Cloud.
Are we too far down the path to ever consider going back to the days where businesses have all their computing resources in their office?
I think so…
This makes the Cloud’s future very bright.
That’s why I predict the forecast for cloud computing is calling for sunny skies and smooth sailing. But you should always be on the lookout for that odd bit of fog, although this should burn off quickly.
The growth of cloud computing for businesses over the last few years has been extraordinary and experts predict that the Cloud will grow even faster in the next few years.
Spending on cloud computing services is growing faster than expected, with software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) two of the most rapidly expanding segments. Twenty-eight percent of spending within key enterprise IT markets will shift to the Cloud by 2022, up from 19 percent in 2018.
This is due to a “perfect storm” of factors affecting business, technology and society. The Cloud provides many advantages for your clients’ businesses.
The increase in ransomware and malware attacks has been alarming for small businesses. Data breaches are becoming increasingly common; and with 58 records being stolen each second at an average cost of $141 per record, it’s understandable why your clients may be concerned about security in the Cloud.
Let them know that the Cloud offers a substantial increase in security for an organization’s IT resources. Cloud Service Providers like CPU have far better security capabilities than any business could ever obtain in their office.
Cloud-computing platforms are hosted in secure data centers that are staffed 24/7 and that have high-security controls for physical access. Cloud security is top-rate, with high-powered hardware, firewalls, layers of security, file encryption, and intrusion-detection systems. So, there’s no need for them to worry.
Once your client’s business moves its data to the Cloud, they can save countless hours of work. Their employees will have the tools they need to work more efficiently and productively.
Explain to them how the Cloud provides predictable budgeting. Businesses benefit from paying a flat monthly fee for cloud services. Even better, most of them are pay-as-you-go. Software as a Service (SaaS) options let them choose subscriptions, so they only need to pay for what they need. Whether that’s 10 GB or 100 TB, they’re covered.
And, there’s no upfront capital expense when using cloud technology. Because it’s a pay-as-you-go model, it can also be categorized as a service expense rather than a capital one. A small business can write off the costs of cloud solutions in the year they were used rather than depreciating them over 3 to 5 years as they would a capital expense.
Your clients’ software in the Cloud is automatically updated and occurs across all a company’s devices. There’s no more worry about whether a computer or program is running the most recent version. This goes for patches and fixes as well.
Their employees will always be working from fully-updated programs and systems all the time. The benefits of their peace-of-mind are priceless.
Many of your clients’ businesses probably have teams spread out all over the place. They may even work with people from other countries. Now, anyone that they authorize can have access to their documents and information via the Cloud.
Documents stored in the Cloud are updated in real time, so everyone has access to the most recent versions. And, they can work from any device or location as long as they have an internet connection.
No more emailing documents back and forth or wondering which version of a document is the latest. Their employees will have access to business files whenever they need them.
No matter if they’re traveling to another country, or just across town for a meeting, when your clients’ files are saved in the Cloud, employees can work from them anywhere.
And, when they return to the office, they can pick up from where they left off.
Make sure you let your clients know about these and other advantages of moving to the Cloud.
And, do your homework before signing up for any cloud service. Speak with others about the services that you’re considering providing to your clients.
Check out online reviews, and visit online forums. In other words, do your research and check “the forecast” before setting off on a course for a cloud service provider for your clients.
You’ll have questions… Make sure that your cloud partner knows what MSPs like you require. An experienced cloud services company that has a background providing MSP services (like CPU) can help you make informed decisions for your clients.
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