There are a variety of cloud-based services that range from apps and development platforms to storage, data backup, servers, and virtual desktops.
In our increasingly digitized world, cloud-based services offer ways to expand your business operations beyond the limitations of your hardware. Need eight terabytes of storage for your patient data? No problem–just rent the space! Need more room on your server? You can build a virtual server with restricted access to house all of your most critical data.
As more and more applications and business software moves to the cloud, it’s important that your IT infrastructure and network security are able to handle the strain and keep up with security updates. Scale can help you modernize your data backup policies and procedures to keep your data protected and improve your workflow efficiency.
Why Use Cloud-Based Services?
Businesses and other organizations use cloud-based services to address a variety of business operation and infrastructure needs, including:
- Data Storage
- Data Backup
Unlike traditional IT environments, cloud-based services can deliver resources and support in minutes because they don’t require the installation and implementation of software and/or hardware. This gives your company greater agility and lowers your IT operating costs. Using the cloud allows you to simplify your data backup, storage, and file sharing while protecting the content and enabling access from any device that connects to the internet.
The Benefits of Cloud-Based IT Services
Because there is no hardware to physically set up or software to manually install, cloud services have a much quicker implementation turnaround than traditional services. Often, all you have to do is set up a user profile to gain access to your application or data system.
Access from Anywhere
Working from the cloud means you don’t have to be sitting at your desktop in the office to access your work systems (unless you set up protections and restrictions for HIPPA or other regulatory reasons)! You can access your services from pretty much any device that connects to the internet.
Remember, while this makes working remotely easier, it can also mean your system is more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Make sure that your employees’ work devices and systems are well protected to keep your company’s data safe with well-thought-out security policies and procedures.
Growing faster than you could have imagined? No problem! Scale can help you “Scale Up” your business with a few easy cloud-based solutions. Often, all you have to do is create a new user profile or upgrade to the next level of services to accommodate your growing team and functionality.
Lower Infrastructure, Facility, and Energy Costs
When you take any part of your business to the cloud you are eliminating the need for certain hardware and software–both of which can consume large amounts of energy and increase your utility bills. The less physical space you take up, the more economic you can be with your office space. For instance, instead of having a room for your 15 servers, talk to your Scale team about consolidating into virtual servers. Then you can use that space instead of upgrading to a larger office before you’re ready.
Enhanced Security and Data Backup Options
Lastly–and most importantly–cloud-based IT services allow your company to take advantage of security and data backup programs that go above and beyond what’s possible manually. You can have almost infinite storage in the cloud for all types of protected and customer information.