If you have a small business, you know that in years past many of the ways to make operations more economical were just not practical for a business of your size. But the development of cloud computing, especially when it comes to a variety of cloud services such as virtual servers, means that many small and medium businesses can take advantage of new technologies without breaking the bank. The following article from PC World’s Business Center takes a look at a variety of points when discussing how a move to the cloud could be a smart one for many SMBs:
- The Benefits for SMBs – There are many for a smaller business, including reducing overhead and software costs. Secure backup systems, long-distance collaboration, and reduced reliance on hardware upgrades are all explored here.
- Asking the Right Questions – There are, of course, some concerns to moving to virtual servers in the cloud. The author looks at privacy, availability, data loss, and data mobility and ownership as causes for concern and how to address them with any potential cloud provider.
- Cloud Transition Tips – Before the move to cloud computing, think about how to start small but think big, be sure your data can be transferred in its current format, read and understand agreements and always price out multiple options before deciding on a cloud service provider.
For more on what you need to consider on your way to cloud computing, be sure to read the full article at PCWorld.