The cloud has become so ingrained in the business world that it’s hard for us to imagine what it was like back before we migrated everything over (one of the best decisions we ever made, by the way!).
94% of enterprises already use cloud services in one way or another, but many businesses are resistant to a full cloud migration – why is that?
Why are many businesses hesitant to migrate to the cloud?
A reluctance to migrate to the cloud is perfectly normal, especially as the cloud seems like such a new piece of tech.
Many of the concerns that we hear are completely valid, too, even if they’re a little off the mark.
Cloud solutions are expensive
Well, yes, it can be quite expensive to get everything set up and running, we’d never suggest otherwise, but the set-up and maintenance costs of working on the cloud pale in comparison to the potential cost savings.
Downtime caused by a disaster (either natural, criminal or technical) costs (on average) a crippling £61,350 per incident. Recovery can often take weeks, if not months, causing further financial damage, and that’s not mentioning the potential PR backlash you could face throughout.
Cloud solutions will help to mitigate this, offsetting setup and maintenance costs with sensible preventative measures designed to either avoid disasters, or to recover much faster, ensuring you’re back in business ASAP.
How can I ensure my data is safe?
We naturally feel more secure when we have everything that we own locked up and in view, we understand that.
It can be nerve racking shifting all of your business’ key files away from your localised server onto this ethereal space that we call ‘the cloud’.
Despite this, the servers that your data will be stored on when on the cloud are often far more secure than local servers, as they’re heavily encrypted and regularly maintained by dedicated experts.
Where will my data be kept?
Lots of business owners are concerned about their data being stored somewhere incredibly remote or abroad, or, God forbid, both.
One of the best things about the cloud is the remarkable flexibility that it provides. Plenty of businesses opt to integrate a mix of Microsoft 365 Business’ cloud service while still maintaining their in-house servers, too.
You’ll always have control over your data.
It’s too much hassle migrating everything over
Established businesses have a tonne of data (trust us, we’ve seen it!). This means that it can be quite a big job transferring everything over.This will, naturally, take ages to do if you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing. That’s why we recommend getting in touch with cloud migration experts who can handle everything for you, meaning that there’s minimal disruption to your business.
What are the main benefits of migrating to the cloud?
There are three main benefits that businesses enjoy when they migrate to the cloud:
- Reduce costs – because you’re not running your own servers, you only pay for what you’re using (which is usually far less than your in-house server provides).
- Secure your data – as mentioned above, there are myriad security benefits that the cloud provides.
- Streamline your workflow – employee productivity drastically improves when using cloud-based solutions, as they enjoy unparalleled levels of flexibility and mobility.
Want to learn more about the benefits of migrating to the cloud? Click here to download our eBook. In it we dive into more detail about why the cloud is so powerful, we also detail a whole bunch of Microsoft cloud solutions to help you choose the best one for your business.
Is the cloud good for every business?
The honest answer? Not every business needs a cloud solution.
But you sell cloud solutions!
That’s right, we do, but at Nebula, we believe that honesty is paramount. That’s why we always ensure that our advice is fully tailored to each of our partners’ businesses.
If we recommend something to you, it’s because we truly believe it’ll work for your organisation.
Get in touch with us today for an honest discussion about cloud solutions, and whether they’re the right fit for you.