The pandemic has changed the way we work. Today, the ability to communicate and collaborate efficiently from remote locations is more vital than ever. This also means that SMBs face greater security risks than before, making effective data management solutions critically important.
In addition, the storage, management and protection of data will continue to be a critical IT function for the foreseeable future as businesses continue to collect data at an escalating rate. Conventional data backup and storage solutions are simply not good enough to enable both onsite and remote work, as well as provide maximum data protection. Another challenge is the maintenance of conventional storage and the need for additional capacity as storage needs grow.
Why move to the cloud?
SMBs need secure, reliable, cost-effective data solutions that are simple to use and are available from a single provider to ensure compatibility.
"Many SMB owners are reaching a point where they no longer have a preference where their data is stored, as long as it is safe and accessible. Savvy business owners are replacing their existing outdated solutions and are moving to all-in-one, enterprise-grade offerings in the cloud, which are more reliable, secure and easy to manage." Werner Herbst, General manager: enterprise compute, Tarsus Distribution
They are also more affordable, offering transparent pricing without hidden costs such as licensing fees and maintenance. In the cloud environment, SMBs do not have to pay for hardware maintenance, nor do they need large IT teams to manage data centres as they have access to the cloud provider’s support staff.
The cloud migration process is simple and makes sense today because it is entirely based on the Internet. Moving to the cloud means that SMBs no longer require a computer or a server on their premises. All data is stored on remote servers in the cloud, and users can access services and information hubs through the credentials delivered by their cloud computing provider.
Another key benefit of the cloud is that SMBs using cloud technology to overcome their growth challenges grow 26% faster and deliver 21% higher gross profits, according to research by Deloitte.
What to look for from a data storage provider
The key features to look for include integration to ensure stability, streamlined solution management, reduced compatibility issues and providing a single contact for support. This helps to improve user experience and keep systems functioning without affecting performance or uptime.
The cloud offers advanced data and security protection options, as well as disaster recover in case of an emergency. Data storage and management should include IT security solutions like backup, file server, and surveillance. Cloud solutions can support the hybrid environments found in many organisations, while private cloud solutions are designed to ensure productivity and security for remote workers.
Data storage solution providers must have the ability and expertise to safeguard the entire business by supporting all digital assets including PCs, servers, and virtual machines. Because storage needs change constantly it’s important to choose data solutions from service providers that also move quickly and are able to offer a complete range of data storage and security systems.