Cloud Hosting

10 Reasons to Move Your Infrastructure to the Cloud

Written by Emmy Lippold

Every business moves to cloud hosting for their own unique reasons.

It could be to invest in the next generation of technology, preparing the business for a profitable future.
It could be to provide services your customers are asking for, to remain competitive in a shifting marketplace.

We love cloud hosting becuase it's endlessly customisable: no two solutions are exactly the same. You're able to work in tandem with a managed services provider to build a cloud environment that perfectly complements your existing components and future goals.

Here are 10 simple and quick-fire reasons we think your infrastructure will thrive in the cloud:

1) Overall cost savings & efficiency 

Cloud hosting offers the benefit of a fixed, monthly cost. Additionally, you can adjust your spending on different components based on what actually brings benefits to your business over time.

2) Shift from Capex to Opex

Cut out the high costs of hardware investment through a controlled, Opex, subscription-based model. This gives you to freedom to experiment with new technologies like containers or AI-enhanced apps without the up-front costs.

3) Scale up or down on demand 

Before the spread of cloud hosting, IT professionals had to make incredibly difficult calculations about what hardware and software their business might require in several years' time. Because of it's "pay for what you use" model, cloud hosting is an IT investment that supports, rather than hinders, your organisational goals. Cloud hosting can grow with you, or be easily scaled back when necessary.

4) Faster speed of delivery

Build new apps and programs at significantly faster speeds. The development templates and environments are built into platforms like AWS and Azure. Once they have access to the infinite power of these larger clouds, smaller companies are able to compete with larger enterprises and bring their ideas to market.

5) Greater control for users

Cloud-based workflows and file-sharing truly do help your team members to work smarter, in line with trends towards remote working on the rise. Desktop virtualisation also allows you to customise what users see when they access your network, enhancing the user experience and making daily tasks much simpler.

6) Support endpoint devices 

Research from our partner WatchGuard shows that 67% of businesses allow their employees to use any endpoint device they own for work purposes. Cloud computing allows for a variety of connected devices to be integrated into your network seamlessly, while ensuring airtight cyber security wherever your team members go.

7) Streamline updates and patches

Software updates and security patches become a simple process rather than a drawn-out ordeal. Apply updates to your entire network without taking your systems offline. Plus, outsource those burdens with managed IT services.

8) Enhance your IT security

2018 research shows that 58% of all data breaches target small businesses. Cloud computing and IT security services that leverage cloud are an affordable way for SMBs to achieve exceptional levels of cyber-security. Data stored in the cloud is also incredibly secure, mirrored to secondary locations and much more stable than outdated hardware.

9) 100% uptime and availability 

Hosting in state-of-the-art data centres like the SysGroup cloud offers guaranteed uptime according to strict SLAs. You can rest easy knowing that your website and systems will always be available as single points of failure in your network are eliminated.

10) Integrate your network & systems 

Cloud computing brings greater overall cohesion to your IT infrastructure. You gain greater control over where your data is stored, and can monitor traffic and activity on your network with just a few clicks. Plus, you gain the help of outside experts who can help you decide how to apply the latest technologies to achieve your goals.

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