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Cloud Computing Changing Small Business
The trend towards cloud computing continues to trickle down from large corporations into the small and medium business category, says a new study compiled by Windstream and Oxford Economics. As digital storage space has decreased in cost, so the market for the services has grown; allowing even the smallest offices to benefit from advances in the underlying technology.
Within the findings of the report, Oxford Economics noted that “companies the farthest along the cloud path to value are more likely to project strong revenue growth” with over 50% expecting major efficiency gains and bottom line results in the next two years. While the service areas where the companies expected to see these changes varied (everything from customer service to disaster recovery), the benefits of migrating towards a cloud solution vastly outweighed the reasons to keep with their current practices.
One of the major differences between large corporations and small businesses, however, is the amount of in-house support they have for implementing such systems. While major companies have extensive and well funded IT departments, smaller businesses tend to not have that same level of staffing available. This is where third party vendors come in, providing a stop gap to bridge the expertise divide. By allowing specialized companies to take care of implementation and support of their cloud solutions, small businesses are able to continue focusing on their unique market while reaping the benefits of the technology. Over 76% of respondents in the above survey said that their cloud service provider provided measurable value to their business results, reinforcing their decision to partner with them.
Unfortunately, while the largest service providers in the market have the lowest prices for cloud computing services, they also have the worst levels of support and security. The old adage of “you get what you pay for” applies here, meaning that if there are issues with the system small businesses tend to get left out in the cold; not possessing in house IT staffing and unable to afford the exorbitant custom support services needed from their service provider (if they are available at all). But there is another option when choosing to partner with a company for service needs.
With The Data Vault Cloud, you can receive peace of mind knowing that our support consultants have your back as a small or medium sized business owner. Specializing in disaster recovery, our system if backed by our 30 years of expertise in the information storage industry and technical skills. We can help with implementation, troubleshooting, expansion, and other essential tasks by partnering with you every step of the way – never leaving you and your business hanging. If the switch to a digital solution is something you’ve been considering and you are concerned about how to get there we can discuss the path forward for you and your company!