What Companies are Best Suited to Move to the Cloud?

Janet Cinelli

Today, everywhere you look, the talk is all about the cloud. All this chatter simply begs the question: who should be making the leap to the cloud? No matter the size, there are benefits for every company.

Depending on the maturity of a business, certain features will be more attractive than others. Let’s take a look how cloud computing helps grow a business, no matter its form.

Startups | All About Preserving Cash

During the start-up phase of a business, cash just goes and goes, often without much revenue coming in. Because of this start-ups need to preserve cash as much as possible.  IT needs can be very basic; but in today’s business climate, they can also be very complex and require high-end security.

startup cloud computing

The cloud makes it happen for SMBs with:

  • An Opex purchasing model & low financial barrier to entry
  • Complete flexibility to expand and contract as the business does
  • Support for remote and contract workers
  • Rapid deployment of network infrastructure, staff and LOB apps
  • Low cost access to enterprise-class security and backup

The real beauty of cloud computing for startups is that there is a pricing and feature tier that can meet the needs of even the smallest company. Both Microsoft and Google can provide startups with a full word processing/email/document management solution at a very low monthly rate.

Small Businesses | No Need for Internal IT Resources

As a business grows beyond a startup, they need to always keep an eye toward how best to strategically deploy their resources.  With the cloud and a good MSP, small businesses can indefinitely stave off the need to hire internal IT resources, allowing them to keep their focus on their core competencies.

small business cloud computing

Here are just a few benefits for small businesses that transition to the cloud:

  • Simplified IT, externally managed, with complete control
  • Advanced security in world-class data centers
  • Easy backup, recovery and virus protection
  • Management of all company software
  • No more IT projects

Large Enterprises | A Hybrid Solution Keep the Focus on the Strategic

Maybe it all started with just the sales team deploying Salesforce.com, or with IT and a server for testing purposes.  Large enterprise are much more complex, and often technology projects originate outside of IT. Big business was the slowest business type to embrace the cloud, but now they are becoming just as likely to put at least portion of their IT in the cloud.

Today their motivations aren’t much different than the companies lower down on the food chain.

enterprise cloud computing

When it comes to IT, large enterprises want:

  • Hassle-free IT: elimination of server, application, desktop, backup management
  • Off-network IT systems testing environments
  • Ease of scalability
  • Cost savings
  • Support for an increasingly mobile workforce
  • Dynamic security that rivals or improves that of their own infrastructure
  • Support for an increasingly mobile workforce
  • Support for their business continuity contingency plans

For all three company types today, the most difficult obstacle they have to overcome is finding the right partner to support their off-prem IT. This is where first-rate MSPs are making the most headway.

MSPs have the knowledge to support a wide variety of business sizes, and now those MSPs need the cloud to wrap up the picture.

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