For any business, downtime can be incredibly destructive. It not only erodes client and customer confidence but also affects staff morale. Plus, it can have a very real impact in terms of cost, from lost productivity through to the expenses involved in getting systems up and running again. Migrating to the cloud is often pitched as an effective solution to issues of scalability and security in business – but could it help to minimise downtime too?
Faster back up deployment
Cloud back up is faster to deploy than a back up from on-premise hardware. In a situation where access to data or systems has been compromised, the speed with which back up can be deployed has a significant impact on how much downtime an organisation experiences. Cloud computing services provide swift and secure back up that enables the business to pick up and continue with back up data until the issue has been resolved.
Better disaster recovery planning
Working with a cloud services provider ensures a concrete disaster recovery plan that can be quickly implemented if the worst does happen. Most cloud providers have the experience and expertise to ensure in-depth, insightful planning that covers every eventuality and makes it much easier to get the business back up and running to keep downtime to a minimum.
It’s expensive and time consuming to cover the cost of ongoing monitoring in-house. However, cloud service providers can do this on a regular basis as part of the service. The result is that problems are identified at a much earlier date and can be dealt with quickly before there is any opportunity for them to escalate. This could be the difference between downtime that is extensive and a short period of downtime that has only minimal impact on staff and customer experience and services.
Extensive security expertise
There used to be a time when cloud services were considered the riskier option in security terms than on-premises servers. However, that’s simply no longer the case. Today, the best security brains in the business are more likely to be found at a cloud service provider than in-house. Economies of scale mean that businesses using cloud services have access to security way beyond what would be affordable on an individual level. The overall result is that security is tighter, more advanced and more predictive for businesses switching to the cloud than for those managing everything in-house. Fewer issues with security means less risk of downtime with all the problems it can bring.
Removing the physical risks
On-premise IT presents a wide range of risks for businesses that cloud services can alleviate. Perhaps the most obvious of these is the risk to physical hardware. If there is a break in, fire in the building or an event such as a flood then the entire system can go down because physical assets have been destroyed. Switching to the cloud removes responsibility for those physical assets and ensures that, even if the physical premises are affected, downtime can still be minimised.
If you’d like to find out more about how switching to the cloud could make downtime less of a problem, contact a member of the Building Zones team on 020 3475 2185.