During these changing times, businesses of all sizes are thinking and operating differently. From physical workstations and remote office locations to new IT infrastructure investments and network maintenance – it’s all being reevaluated in this new virtual world.
Traditional office settings have rapidly migrated to virtual environments. Employees are moving into work-from-home stations. Most business meetings and presentations are now online.
With more virtual activity comes the need for a fast and secure cloud-based solution that ensures businesses run more efficiently than ever before. Moving to a cloud-based solution can feel daunting but partnering with a cloud services provider like Cox Business Cloud Solutions takes away the guesswork and heavy lifting.
Here are the Top 5 things to consider when looking at cloud migration.
Enabling Your Mobile Workforce
With more employees working remotely than ever before, many companies have struggled to equip themselves properly. Workflows are different. Secure access to company data from various locations presents challenges. The sudden shift to remote work has changed how businesses operate and left them looking to new solutions for how to best move forward without hurting productivity. Cloud services help companies of all sizes find accessible, affordable ways to conduct business remotely. Instead of piecing together a convoluted process based on outdated, insecure on-premises hardware, the cloud enables teams to connect securely via a virtual desktop environment and continue their typical work process. The cloud helps your business function as efficiently as it would in a traditional working environment from one or more office locations. This is critical not only during a pandemic when things are unexpectedly shut down, but also during any kind of business interruption – natural disasters, storms, even cyber attacks.
Quickly Scaling Your Network
Every business is different and moving data to the cloud isn’t one-size-fits-all. Cox Business Cloud Solutions provides customized services to best fit the scale and needs of each individual business. A cloud migration plan considers critical workloads, data and applications, potential obstacles and a desired timeline for implementing tailored solutions. And it’s scalable. Cox Business Cloud Solutions provides enterprise-level services including Managed Cloud Security, Disaster Recovery, Data Backup, Virtual Desktop Environments, Software Defined Wide Area Network (SDWAN), and Enterprise Grade Infrastructure, and works with customers to ensure a safe transition of data.
Securing Critical Data
One thing that businesses worry about most is security for sensitive data. Most companies don’t want to allocate IT funds elsewhere when they’re focusing resources on continually updating, patching, assessing office systems, and protecting against outdated cyber security measures that could threaten the business. Cloud solutions are inherently more secure than on-premises solutions, and cloud providers manage security issues in the background more efficiently with little to no adverse effect to workloads. By utilizing the cloud, software is more easily kept up to date, backups can be made and recovered more quickly, and documents and access controls are easier to manage. According to a RapidScale study, 94% of businesses say they saw an improvement after implementing cloud security solutions. Cloud solutions can improve the level of your security with Tier 3 data centers that have biometric scanning, security guards, and around-the-clock monitoring along with fast threat detection response using a Unified Security Management platform. And all documents are safe and accessible with full redundancy and fully managed firewalls and encryption protection, providing you peace of mind that your business is always protected.
Realizing Cost Savings and Maximizing Profitability
Building and maintaining IT infrastructure is costly, as is the real estate and insurance that infrastructure requires. Expensive hardware, software, and licensing for all devices are just the beginning. Allocating resources to IT for setup, maintenance, security and management tools all add up. Cox Business Cloud Solutions can help reduce costs across the board. The cloud allows lower capital spending on facilities and onsite servers while reducing the overall IT budget. Many companies that move to the cloud downsize their data centers or eliminate them entirely. It supports more regular technology upgrades, reduces ongoing maintenance and staff time, and shifts the burden for time-consuming tasks, like patches, upgrades and infrastructure expenditures to cloud service providers. The Cox Business Cloud Solutions team supports your IT team, as well as your end-users – from device troubleshooting and application integrations to building out new data center requirements. Not only can you reduce IT expenses by reducing physical PC costs, you can also layer in our Cloud Desktop as a Service (DaaS), which is a pay-as-you-go subscription – meaning one monthly charge, which makes budgeting simple.
Saving Time and Valuable IT Resources by Choosing the Right Partner
Cloud migration requires finding a cloud services partner that listens to your needs and translates that into a strategic migration plan for your unique business needs. The Cox Business Cloud Solutions team is among the best in the industry with solutions to grow your business and ensure you have 24/7 support from certified professionals for your IT staff and end users. Visit www.coxbusiness.com/cloud to learn more about migrating your business to the cloud.