By Ben Puzzuoli, Technical Sales Director at KineticD
Feb. 3, 2012

KineticD Online Data Backup Expert Tips: “To Cloud or Not to Cloud”, Important Considerations for SMBs

While there is no denying the ever-expanding number of advantages that cloud computing and online data backup can bring to businesses of almost all types and sizes, how exactly does one go about finding out for sure whether or not it’s the best solution for their enterprise? After all, no two businesses are identically structured, and, while certainly being a revolutionary IT movement that all enterprises should at least consider, cloud computing is not necessarily for everyone. Bearing this in mind, let’s examine a few important considerations that SMBs should think about before taking the leap into the cloud.

First off, there are the various financial elements of cloud computing to assess. Beyond the simple (and obviously necessary) analysis of whether or not a given company can afford to outsource their online data backup and cloud computing concerns to a third party provider in the first place, there is also the considerably more complicated factor of comparing the usually scalable monthly fees that are paid to the online cloud vendor versus the amount of money that a business must invest in order to construct sufficiently capable in-house IT infrastructures. After all, once a given company has set up their own systems to handle all of their IT needs, they need make no additional monthly payments for service, but how much is it going to cost them in the long run to create and maintain their own IT infrastructures in comparison to scalable online resources?

Another important aspect to evaluate is whether or not your company is ready for the transition to cloud computing in the first place. Anyone who has ever worked for an enterprise of any size knows that change is often feared by employees and upper management alike. And, for good reason; after all, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” they say, and many times “they” are right. However, we all also know that although change is almost always met with resistance in one form or another, it is often, in retrospect, understood to be a form of “growing pains” that is only temporary, and thus a necessary step that must be taken toward the future growth of the company. Having said that, when considering outsourcing IT solutions to the cloud, timing and preparation are key to keeping the transition smooth and the “growing pains” to a minimum. In-house IT employees must be fully educated as to how their jobs are going to change so that they are ready when the time for transition does indeed arrive.

In addition to this, of course, there are the technical aspects of implementing cloud storage solutions for businesses. Amongst many, one key factor to consider is the speed and efficiency of the present in-house network. With modern Internet data transfer speeds, there is no question that cloud vendors have a huge advantage when it comes to consistently making company data quickly and easily available to all employees of a given business from virtually any location, but if the in-house network equipment is out of date, the company may not be able to truly take advantage of what cloud vendors have to offer, making further investment into internal IT infrastructure a new priority. Another important technical aspect that businesses must consider is the volume and type of data they will putting up in the cloud in the first place, for this often serves to determine the nature of cloud architecture that will be most efficient and beneficial to the enterprise.

So, how does a business go about fully analyzing whether or not they should join the cloud revolution? Well, we here at KineticD feel that it is our job to not only provide the most efficient and cutting edge online data backup and cloud computing resources around, but also to help our potential customers figure out whether or not cloud computing is right for their SMB in the first place. For this reason we provide full consultation services from the start to help businesses decide if the cloud is right for them, and, of course, always offer out free 14-day trial so that companies can easily experiment with our services before making the decision to switch. So, why not stop by our website today to learn more about how KineticD can help your SMB find the most ideal IT solutions available?

About the author: Ben Puzzuoli is Technical Sales Director at KineticD, a Toronto based online data backup service provider.

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