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May 20, 2021

Why Cloud-First is the Best Solution



The cloud-first strategy is the best solution for businesses that are looking to increase efficiency and reduce costs. The cloud has many benefits, but one of the most successful is its ability to create a centralized data repository for all your business's information. With this type of system in place, any problem can be quickly fixed because you have access to all your systems from anywhere at any time!



1. Cloud-first solutions are more cost-effective than on-premise solutions

The cloud is the best solution to help businesses stay ahead of the competition and increase efficiency because it offers many benefits such as centralized repositories where all business information can be accessed at any time from anywhere; lower costs than on-premise solutions; scalability to accommodate an ever-growing customer base; easy integration with legacy systems without expensive hardware upgrades required.

Instead of relying on outdated on-premise solutions, business owners should migrate to a cloud environment that will help their company grow and stay competitive in the digital age.

Of course, some business owners are still sceptical about the benefits of a cloud-first approach. They might point to security and privacy concerns, lack of control over data, or other obstacles as reasons not to adopt this new technology - but we’ll look at these arguments in more detail below.

2. Companies can focus on what they do best, while cloud providers handle the infrastructure and security

Cybersecurity is often an argument brought up against a cloud-first approach. The truth is, while it is possible for a company to get hacked, the chances of an attack succeeding are lower if they have invested in cybersecurity measures. Protecting your assets should be every business owner’s priority - and with cloud-first solutions like Office 365 ProPlus from Microsoft (News - Alert), you can focus on what matters most instead of keeping up with old technology

In other words: migrating to a cloud solution is not only easier but safer than upgrading or relying on outdated infrastructure that might require costly upgrades in order to keep working properly.

Business owners who haven't yet made the switch may not realize how much time and money will be saved by moving their data offsite rather than running updates themselves.

For example, as we mentioned earlier, businesses typically need a dedicated IT team to manage and maintain their on-premises infrastructure. But with cloud solutions like Office 365 ProPlus, you can take care of everything yourself (either by logging into a web browser or using an app).

3. It's easier to scale up when you need it because you don't have to invest in hardware or software upfront

On-premises and hybrid solutions are often unable to scale up quickly when a company needs it, so you might need two or three data centres in order to meet the demand.

Cloud solutions can be scaled as needed and provide high availability for your business--so if one site goes down, there's another location that will continue working without any disruption.

Businesses who have moved their data into the cloud are also able to provide better customer service because they're not relying on email alone (and paying expensive per-minute charges). With cloud-first solutions like ones from AWS, Google (News - Alert), and Microsoft, businesses don't have to worry about large investments upfront: They only pay for what they use every month instead of buying all the equipment at once.

4. Collaboration is made possible because of the internet and a company's ability to share files with other people anywhere in the world

Cloud-first solutions make it possible because of the internet and a company's ability to share files with other people anywhere in the world at any time. For example, Dropbox (News - Alert) is an app that allows users to store work documents on their computer or phone before sending them elsewhere as needed. It provides easier access than emailing attachments back and forth, so employees can get things done right away without having to wait for someone else who has control over those resources (and hopefully not be out). Plus, they can collaborate in real-time with solutions like Google Docs to make sure everyone has the latest copy, even if it's an early draft.

5. The cloud offers better disaster recovery options where data is stored offsite so if there is an emergency, your data will still be available

Compared to on-premises hardware, the cloud is more secure because it's not physically onsite and less vulnerable to natural disasters. Even if a disaster happens, the maintenance of the cloud is way more straightforward as it's usually provided by the cloud supplier. For this reason, the recovery time after a disaster is usually significantly lower than what you would experience with on-premises infrastructure.

Multi-cloud is yet another safety mechanism. If one cloud goes down, there are others you can switch to.

6. You can use as much or as little bandwidth as needed without having to buy expensive equipment for peak periods of usage which saves money over time

You pay as you go. Instead of buying expensive machines before you need them, the cloud-first model means that only pay for what you use. Scaling up becomes childishly easy, and so does scaling down, for whatever reason. You don't even need a dedicated team to manage that, contrary to regular on-premises infrastructure which requires an entire IT team to manage. This type of payment model leaves you far more flexible and cost-effective.

Conclusion

All in all, cloud-first is the best solution as it offers a myriad of benefits for any business, from startups to enterprises and everything in between.

Cloud-first takes advantage of a multitude of safety mechanisms, you can pay as you go with ease and save money over time. It also allows you to scale up or down at will without any dedicated team required like regular on-premises infrastructure which requires an entire IT team to manage. Cloud-first gives entrepreneurs far more flexibility and cost-effectiveness by taking into account all these factors for them in one neat package that's easy for anyone to use.



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