Here’s why your business should transition to cloud data storage

If there was a way to protect sensitive data and future-proof your IT infrastructure, how much value would that offer your organisation? These are just some of the benefits that cloud computing can provide for Australian businesses. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why your business should consider transitioning to cloud data storage today.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing refers to a data storage system that is digitised and facilitated online. For some businesses, cloud computing does away with the need for physical on-site servers completely. For others, a hybrid computing environment can combine traditional on-premises servers with private cloud storage solutions. 

In 2022, cloud-based data storage has dramatically changed the way Australian businesses store and share information. A cloud-based environment ensures that critical business files are securely stored, using methods such as data encryption and remote monitoring.

That said – safely storing information ‘in the cloud’ requires expert insights to ensure your business is set-up with appropriate system controls, security policies, and data governance. The team at Business Aspect can establish a cloud computing environment that makes sense for your unique business needs.

We offer the expertise to configure, monitor, and back-up your cloud computing environment from end-to-end. For business owners, this can offer greater peace of mind in knowing where, when, and how valuable data is being shared. In addition, our team can help you to navigate your legal and regulatory obligations when it comes to data protection and privacy.

What are the advantages of cloud computing? 

There are compelling reasons to consider switching your business to a tailored cloud computing model. A summary of the key advantages is outlined below:

1.       Security.
As highlighted above, cloud computing can offer enhanced data security for those businesses who have a well-thought-out strategy and expert advice in place. In many cases, cloud-based storage will be more secure than traditional on-site servers that can be vulnerable to damage, theft, and breakage. 

2.       Agility.
Cloud-based solutions are also scalable and agile – meaning that businesses can increase or decrease storage capacity in line with their growth. Businesses can add or remove user accounts as needed, whilst supporting greater collaboration and faster communication within their organisation. 

3.       Accessibility.
A cloud-based computing environment offers businesses greater accessibility, with team members able to access critical business information anywhere, anytime. As Australians spend more and more time working remotely as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a greater need to securely access data on-the-go.

4.       Insights.
Cloud systems track useful analytics that can report on productivity, communication, and other trends within an organisation. Businesses that embrace cloud computing often report higher levels of staff cooperation, satisfaction, and overall engagement.

5.       Fail-safes.
In cloud computing, a ‘redundancy’ refers to digital architecture that ensures any failures always have a fallback within the system. Redundancies offer businesses the opportunity to store information in multiple destinations, and can provide greater resilience if one or more servers go offline. In this way, a tailored cloud-based environment can ensure that your business is ready to tackle unexpected challenges.

6.       Efficiency.
Businesses that leverage machine learning may also experience a boost in computing power and speed with a cloud-based model. Cloud computing reduces latency for web-based platforms. For example, authorised personnel can access large data sets directly from the cloud, and can enjoy quicker sharing and collaboration capabilities.

7.       Cost benefits.
When businesses transition to cloud computing, they may reduce the need for technologies that will quickly become redundant. With the right retention strategy in place, businesses that embrace cloud computing can in fact save valuable time and money. Ask the team at Business Aspect for more information about how we can help.

Cloud computing and the COVID19 pandemic

As mentioned above, the global pandemic helped to highlight the practical benefits of cloud computing. Across Australia, cloud computing enabled employers and their employees to safely work from home. For those already set-up, shifting to a work from home model felt seamless, as cloud computing empowers users to access business information anytime, anywhere.

Put simply, remote storage helps to overcome geographic or time zone related restrictions. Businesses using the cloud can boost their efficiency and streamline decision-making – and in a rapidly changing market, these factors can make all the difference.

The COVID19 pandemic has also given rise to a surge in cybercrime. Cloud backup services help businesses to recover their data quickly. This reduces downtime and can dramatically decrease the financial fallout related to a cyberattack. Consider this: without cloud backup, how long could your business afford to go offline in the event of a malicious or accidental data breach?

Making the switch to cloud computing

If you’re ready to make the switch to cloud data storage, there’s several key factors to consider. Firstly, you’ll need specific policies and procedures in place to help guide staff throughout the transition. Secondly, you’ll need to ensure your preferred cloud technology can integrate with existing IT systems, and that you have a plan ready to overcome any compatibility issues.

Cloud computing projects are complex and can take some time to correctly set-up in a way that serves your business. The good news is that Business Aspect can help guide you through these decisions, and can evaluate what’s best for your long-term requirements. If you want to future-proof your business and remain competitive in a rapidly changing market, speak with the team today. Our experts are here to help.