People all over the world are flocking to use technology to store data in a virtual space, but cloud computing isn’t just for data. You can also use it to run applications and software remotely, so you don’t need to be chained to your office PC.
If you’re a small business that needs more IT expertise than your current employees can provide then outsourcing your IT to a cloud company could be the ideal solution. It might be slightly more expensive than hiring an in-house IT expert, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Cloud services will increase your efficiency and mean that your small business can take a “big business approach” to any issues you face.
Are there different types of cloud service?
Put simply, yes, there are three levels of cloud service.
First level: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
Second level: Platform as a Service (PaaS).
Third level: Software as a Service (SaaS).
What could go wrong?
Nothing is risk free and here are some of the potential pitfalls explained.
How do I choose a provider?
Ask yourself these three quick questions:
- Is the provider stable, trustworthy and have a good reputation to lose?
- Do the conditions of the contract work for your business?
- Will this provider really benefit your business?
Trust your instincts, finding the right IT support is tricky whether you’re in London or Lewes. Be sure to look before you leap, but don’t be afraid to take the plunge.
Rob Rudd enjoys his job as a writer and regularly contributes to several IT and technology blogs. When he isn’t writing he enjoys learning to play the ukulele.