With fewer teams spending time in the office due to COVID-19, more and more businesses are making the switch to remote operations. An important part of the switch to remote work is that ensuring employees have access to the data and programs they need.
Cloud computing offers a secure alternative to physical servers for that access. But switching to the Cloud is a major technology shift for any company, and it’s one that should be carefully considered. Here, we’re going to look at how you can ensure your business is ready to go server-less and switch to the Cloud, and how to ensure that you’re choosing the right solutions to suit your needs.
Choosing a Cloud Service Provider
The first and most important step is that you work with a Cloud provider that can meet the particular needs of your business. For professional and company use, a Cloud provider must be able to offer you a secure and dedicated server that allows for domain control, not just Cloud file storage. With the use of secure servers, you can reduce the risks of suffering a data breach or other security disaster.
Aside from security, you need to choose a provider that offers the reliability of backup services. Most reputable Cloud providers will have little to no history of their servers failing, but they should still have an information backup process so that, even in the event of a failure, you will still have access to your data. This is often done through a second independent Cloud service provider.
When you’re operating on the Cloud, the responsibility of ensuring security lies not only on the service provider, but also on you and your team. You need to make sure you’re aware of security vulnerabilities and what you can do to prevent them from leading to breaches.
The time when you’re actively transferring your files to the Cloud is when you face the biggest security risk. As such, you should ensure that you have backups saved on a different, physical storage device before you transfer the files. You should also zip the files you’re transferring using encryption software and password protection to decrease the chances that someone might access them if they’re intercepted.
Finally, you and your team must be careful about which networks you use to access and transfer files. Only use a secure, non-public network, and consider making use of an ethernet connection that can help you more quickly transfer files. It may also be easier to divide your data transfer into smaller increments or steps to avoid doing a massive, time-consuming transfer all at once.
Benefits of Cloud Computing
Although the initial switch to the Cloud may seem daunting, there are undeniable advantages that you should keep in mind. These include the following benefits:
- Access data from anywhere: One of the biggest advantages is that Cloud computing and storage allow you to access the data and resources you need from anywhere, not just the office. Remote working is becoming increasingly popular, even outside of current events, and it’s made much simpler and more accessible thanks to the Cloud. As long as you can verify your identity, you can access your data from any place and any device.
- Straightforward backup and recovery: Should you lose or delete the copy of a file or data that is stored on a physical device, it’s often important that you’re able to recover it as soon as possible. Cloud storage can serve as precisely the backup that you need, thanks to its accessibility.
- Automatic updates: Cloud service providers frequently update their servers and tools, ensuring greater security and quick responses to issues.
- Scalability: Cloud service providers can continue to give you simple data solutions as your company grows. It’s a lot easier to upscale your Cloud server size than to buy storage hardware that’s physically bigger.
Get the Help of a Managed Service Provider
To ensure that you’re making use of the Cloud storage and computing services that best meet your needs, a Managed Service Provider (MSP) may be exactly what you need. Not only can an experienced MSP secure the Cloud services that you need, but they can oversee the safe transfer of your data, educate your team on the most effective and secure ways to use the Cloud, and assist you in scaling as and when you need it.
As you follow these steps, you’ll find your business growing in its remote work flexibility and security. Contact Integrated Solutions today for expert help in switching to the Cloud.