What you didn't know about Cloud computingCloud computing has rapidly established itself as a crucial part of many business’ IT infrastructure. But if you’ve not yet joined them in the Cloud, here are 5 things you might not be aware of, that you need to know.

1. The Cloud can help make your computers last longer

Replacing PCs and laptops is a large (but unavoidable) capital expenditure for small businesses who need to use up-to-date software to remain competitive. But because Cloud software is often delivered using nothing more than a web browser, older computers can still make use of new software without needing to be upgraded.

Which means that PCs do not need to be replaced quite as regularly, freeing up budget to be spent elsewhere in the business.

2. You are probably already using the Cloud

One study found that large businesses are using up to 1245 different Cloud applications, most of which have not been officially sanctioned by company management. If any of your employees use Dropbox, Gmail, Apple iCloud or Outlook.com for work, they are already using the Cloud.

To ensure that you keep control of sensitive corporate data, you should look at implementing an officially-sanctioned, business-focused service like CloudDrive to avoid loss, theft or accidental exposure.

3. The Cloud could get you into trouble (if you don’t plan carefully)

Data protection laws forbid the transfer of personal data outside the borders of the European Union, carrying stiff penalties for those who breach the rules. This is important because some Cloud services use globally-distributed datacentres to ensure your data is always available – and many of these are based outside the EU.

When choosing a Cloud storage provider, always opt for one with datacentres based in the EU or you risk potential prosecution.

4. The Cloud is not (quite) infallible

Just like the computers in your office, Cloud services do occasionally go offline. Unlike your PCs however, Cloud platforms are designed to failover and spread computing loads to dramatically reduce periods of downtime – in most cases Cloud outages lasts less time that it takes to reboot your company file server.

And because they’re backed by a team of highly-skilled datacentre engineers, Cloud solutions are far more reliable than your own.

5. Your data might be more secure in the Cloud

Built using enterprise-class hardware, Cloud platforms are also protected by enterprise-class security systems. This, coupled with the knowledge and experience of business-grade security specialists means that your company data is almost certainly safer stored offsite, than it is in your own office.

Investing in Cloud services could keep your data safe and help you avoid loss of IP or fines from the Data Commissioner’s Office, by keeping hackers at bay.

For further help and advice about how the Cloud can help your business get ahead, get in touch with the Broadband Cloud Solutions team today – our consultants can provide support and advice, including helping you to match the best Cloud solutions package for your business needs.

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