According to many IT predictions for 2014, this year promises to be the one where cloud computing becomes the norm for most businesses. ComputerSupport.com lists what it thinks are the top things to consider before making the move:
1) Are you looking to cut costs?
Since cloud computing is much faster to deploy, businesses have minimal project start-up costs and predictable ongoing operating expenses. They would also remove any upfront CAPEX costs associated with hardware maintenance.
2) What are your business needs?
Cloud computing increases collaboration by allowing all employees — wherever they are — to sync up and work on documents and shared apps simultaneously.
3) Is your infrastructure aging?
Rather than purchasing expensive systems and equipment for your business, you can reduce your costs by using the resources of your cloud computing service provider.
4) Do you want to simplify your disaster recovery plan?
When companies start relying on cloud-based services, they no longer need complex disaster recovery plans. Cloud computing providers take care of most issues, and they do it faster.
5) How easy are your systems to manage?
Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people access the same kinds of applications through the internet.
—More info: www.computersupport.com