IT infrastructure isn’t just for Fortune 500 mega-corporations. Many small to mid-size businesses need some form of internal IT infrastructure to manage important data and resources for their business, including:
- Customer info;
- Employee records; and
- Business application software.
These are just a few simple examples of what an SMB might use their IT infrastructure for.
Building and maintaining an in-house IT infrastructure solution can be a sizeable burden for SMBs. However, there are other options, such as using a secure cloud for SMBs.
Why should SMBs move their IT infrastructure to the cloud? Here are a few of the top reasons:
1: To Save On Infrastructure Costs
Establishing an in-house IT infrastructure and keeping it up to date with your needs can quickly get expensive. Between the cost of hardware, cable connections, cooling, physical maintenance, staffing for the data center, and security (both physical and software), trying to keep up with a Fortune 500’s IT infrastructure is almost impossible on an SMB budget.
Using a secure cloud for IT infrastructure allows SMBs to gain access to enterprise-grade infrastructure solutions without the massive capital expenditures needed for traditional, on-premise solutions.
2: Greater Ease of Infrastructure Management
Managing an on-premise infrastructure solution is an enormous time and money sink for an SMB. For SMBs, the cost of hiring dedicated staff may be too much, but the time spent ensuring the solution is kept up to date can take away from other important business activities.
And there is a lot to manage with an on-prem infrastructure.
Using the services of a secure cloud provider can help greatly reduce the amount of time and effort your business needs to spend on actively managing the minutiae of IT infrastructure maintenance.
While there will be aspects of your cloud that you’ll still need to manage, using a cloud service provider can significantly lighten your load for infrastructure management tasks.
3: Greater Security for Your IT Infrastructure
The threats to the security of your business’ data grow every day. Fortune 500 companies spend tens of millions of dollars on IT security measures in an effort to prevent data breaches and data loss.
For SMBs, this level of expenditure is impractical, to say the least.
Using a secure cloud provider allows SMBs to leverage the cloud provider’s investments in secure infrastructure, which can be much larger than what the SMB could afford to make internally.
For example, WHOA.com uses multi-layered security to protect its cloud environments, including strong perimeter firewall, per-tenant firewalls, data encryption, antivirus, and strict physical security measures in combination to protect sensitive data on the cloud.
4: To Create Geodiversity for IT Infrastructure
Data loss is a major concern for SMBs. While some highly diligent SMBs might be able to use local backups to preserve their most mission-critical data in case of a disaster, it’s rare for an SMB to have enough personnel and resources to create a highly current recovery point for all of the business’ data.
There are many different events that can cause data loss, from natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes causing the destruction of equipment, to hackers using ransomware to deny you access to the contents of your equipment, to accidental deletions of critical files.
With a cloud service provider, SMBs can create remote backups of their most critical information, or even replicate their entire infrastructure environment remotely. This way, if your primary data center is destroyed, you can recover your data from the remote site.
However, it is important to keep in mind that faster recovery time objectives and more up to date recovery point objectives will cost more to implement than slower ones that update less frequently.
Overall, the use of a secure cloud helps to make SMBs more competitive with major enterprise companies that have the seemingly bottomless resources to build best-in-class infrastructures. At least, this is true when you have the right partner for secure cloud.