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While many new technologies are all the rage when they come on the scene only to be forgotten a few months later, there is one innovation that has proven it is here to stay. Cloud computing is changing the face of technology, and making a major impact on the business world as well.

According to a cloud study conducted by Forrester Research, it is “inevitable that enterprise IT in 2020 will be a hybrid mix of on- and off-premises services. While [a firm’s] particular mix of actual cloud services will vary, it’s unlikely that any enterprise IT shop will still be primarily focused on configuring server, storage, and network devices as a core competency. The shift to business technology and IT-as-a-service is well underway, so you can either ignore it, try to contain it, or embrace it.”

But just because the cloud is taking over the enterprise and is here to stay doesn’t mean that switching over to a cloud environment as soon as possible is the right move for every business. Below are five scenarios that signal it might be a good time to make the transition to the cloud.

1) Launching a new product or app
The introduction of new business or entering a different market is the ideal time to start experimenting with a cloud deployment. With so much attention being put on the new operations, moving some IT components to the cloud can help remove some pressure from in-house tech workers and reduce the workload so it doesn’t grow to become unmanageable.

2) Looking for new hardware/software
When an office is looking to replace hardware or software that is reaching the end of its life, it is an opportune time to reassess IT needs and start making the move to the cloud. Instead of investing large amounts of money into new software or large scale hardware installations, a cloud alternative can offer the same functionality at a dramatically lower cost.

3) Opening a new office
Just as it makes sense to deploy a cloud platform when implementing new hardware or software, it is also a good idea to move to the cloud when relocating or opening another office. Buying an entirely new infrastructure, or moving that infrastructure, is costly and difficult and oftentimes, the infrastructure is going to be outdated in just a few years anyway. With the cloud, no physical components need to be moved or purchased and updates managed by the service provider ensure that features are always up to date.

4) Disaster recovery
Many companies are beginning to get serious about implementing disaster recovery and business continuity as the need to have consistent uptime becomes increasingly important. Extreme weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards can wreak havoc on data center operations, and businesses without reliable disaster recovery plans in place can find themselves with hours of unplanned downtime and dealing with the loss of irreplaceable files. With a disaster recovery solution hosted in the cloud, files can be replicated and stored safely so they will be available for access in case a disruptive event occurs.

5) Security concerns
Many organizations are not security experts, and with cyberthreats becoming more prevalent and sophisticated, it is getting much harder to successfully defend enterprise IT assets from hackers. On top of concerns about data breaches, every industry now has specific compliance requirements that must be met or a company risks getting fined. In order to keep data safe and regulators happy, businesses are moving to the cloud to access managed security services and secure data storage.

To increase the security of cloud environments even further, many companies are turning to Deep Freeze Cloud from Faronics. The innovative system helps to protect cloud-connected endpoints and enhance enterprise security by keeping access controls and security setting in place even after a disruptive event takes place.

When installing Deep Freeze, IT administrators can choose the security settings they prefer and ‘freeze’ them in place. This way if any unapproved changes are made a simple reboot to restore command will restore everything to their original control settings. Best of all, the program ensures 100 percent workstation recovery each time there is a restart, greatly reducing the number of support tickets issued to tech workers.

About The Author

Suzannah Hastings

Suzannah is interested in all things digital, from software security to the latest technological advances. She writes about ways in which the increasingly internet-driven landscape and windows technologies like steady state alternative that change our lives, and what we can expect in the future.

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