Cloud computing services these days can be invaluable for businesses focused on saving money without sacrificing any technological advances or involvement in the digital world — it’s already estimated that about 35% of all IT services are delivered entirely or partially through cloud-based platforms, 59% of businesses have already adopted cloud services in order to manage data seamlessly across multiple platforms, and cloud services are so important that around 70% of top-level executives are involved in the purchasing process for a cloud service.
It’s clear that plenty of businesses have already begun using the cloud in order to save money, analyze big data, and communicate efficiently — but it’s important to figure out exactly how your small business will be able to use cloud-based programs and work with cloud broker services, before you even make the decision to purchase a service.
So now we get to the real question: How can small businesses make use of the cloud?
- Expanding your business across state lines, or even internationally, is often considered a major milestone of success for small businesses. But for decades, one of the biggest drawbacks of this expansion was the fact that long-distance phone calls can get unreasonably expensive. With voice-over IP (VoIP) phone and video calls, you can have conversations with employees, business partners, and clients via the cloud, and you can find plenty of programs through cloud brokerage services that charge low fees, flat-rate fees or are entirely free.
- Project collaboration and file sharing is another huge advantage of using cloud programs — in fact, there are so many public and private platforms for sharing and editing files in real-time that you might have trouble picking out the best ones for your business without the help of cloud brokerage services. The ability to create and share data instantly is another major benefit for businesses that are expanding.
- Speaking of files, with mobile cloud services and cloud storage brokers, you’re able to create as many backup files as you want and store them remotely — this is something that can, quite literally, save your business in the event of a disaster. One of the most fundamental parts of creating a disaster recovery plan is to have a remote data storage option available in case your network security is breached or a natural disaster physically destroys your files and equipment. With cloud services, you don’t actually have to create more backup files — your data is automatically stored up in the cloud.
So now we’re turning to you for some help — if you own a small business and you’ve already begun using cloud brokerage services, how has your business benefited from individual or hybrid cloud-based platforms?
DoubleHorn is a leading cloud-based Managed Services Provider, founded in January 2005 and based in Austin, TX. We specialize in delivering Cloud Services, Managed Communications and Consulting to the Enterprise, Government and SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) sectors. If you are new to the cloud and not sure how to get started, contact us.