True|IT has always been a cloud-first information technology company. Our first thought is always, “Would doing this in the Cloud with Office 365, Azure or SharePoint make your IT and your employees better, faster, or more profitable?”
Why? Because the Cloud makes your data storage and information technology infrastructure scalable, highly reliable, and available from anywhere you can get an Internet connection. And the best part is you only pay for what you use.
You can grow at whatever pace suits your business when your data and software are in the cloud. The alternatives are either wasting resources on space and computing power you don’t need, or being limited by your space and computing power.
Let’s say a business owner expects to hire 10 people in the next five years, so they buy a server that will handle the needs of 10 more people. If they only hire five during that period, they will have paid for twice as much server as they really needed. On the other hand, if they grow to 20, they only have half of the computing power they need and have to invest in yet another server.
With the cloud, you can hire 10 people or 100. It doesn’t matter because you’ll always have all the space and computing power you need at your fingertips.
Redundancy is life in information technology. You need reliable and safe backups of all of your information and software so your business can keep rolling if something goes down
Cloud solutions are built on a redundant platform, so they provide a level of reliability that would be really expensive to build on your own.
Think of it this way. The traditional approach is one computer, one piece of software. If the computer goes down, the software is unreachable. In the cloud, information is shared across a bunch of computers and servers, and information can move between them without interruption. Bottom line: as long as you have an Internet connection, you’ll always be able to access your information and the systems that keep your business humming along.
The cloud automatically solves the problems inherent to working from home or having sales or service people on the road. You and your employees will no longer be tied to your office or even to your computers. Instead, you’ll be able to get to your information and run your programs anywhere you can access the Internet. And for the most part, you can access it with any device.
Pay as you go, pay as you need, and only pay for what you use. Sounds good, right?
As your business grows and you need more space or computing power, use it. If you don’t need it, don’t use it. There’s no uncertainty or waste like there might be if you’re trying to buy the right servers; your cloud usage can expand or contract with your company.