You probably hear “cloud integration” and “ The Cloud” tossed around a lot in regards to your IT services. More and more businesses are making the switch. Many believe it to be the best possible option for them. However, Business IT is not a one size fits all industry and cloud integration -while it may indeed be right for some- is not the best choice for every business.
So What is it, Anyway?
Essentially, cloud integration takes data and applications that you are using on your present network and stores them in a mixture of public and private internet-based cloud servers. Many businesses benefit from the flexibility that this offers. One major downside to it, though, is that not every cloud service is created equal. If your chosen service provider has a data breach, your data could be vulnerable.
Making the Right Decision
Cloud integration is a big decision for your business, so you should research thoroughly to figure out if it is the right choice for you. When you’re navigating the complex world of cloud integration, ask these questions:
Will it be cost effective? Cost is a major factor in most business decisions. Weigh the costs and benefits carefully. When looking at estimates from cloud services providers, keep in mind that if one is far below the others it may be too good to be true. You want to make a cost-effective decision, but you also want to make sure that you’re not nickel and diming yourself.
Is it flexible? Your business is always growing and evolving, and your network solutions should grow and evolve too. Other factors, such as the size of your business and the number of employees who work remotely should also be considered.
Is it secure? Above all, you need to make sure your network and business data are secure.
How will the network be managed? There are many benefits to partnering with a managed services provider for all of your business network needs, including deciding whether cloud integration is the best choice for you.
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