If you keep all or part of your technology on-premises, you must have a disaster recovery plan that will make sure your sensitive data and business systems are safe at all times. If anything were to happen to your systems, whether because of hackers, natural disasters, or other reasons, you need to know that you can get back up and running as soon as possible and that your data won’t be compromised. The cloud can offer you the reassurance that the cloud providers are taking care of things, but you should still weigh up the pros and cons to see if it is the right decision for your company.
Risks of Maintaining IT Systems In-house
The first thing everyone thinks about when it comes to IT and security is cybercrime. Sadly, hackers do find it easier to infiltrate smaller companies, as their security is generally easier to break into than larger companies with a comparably larger budget. Cloud providers are able to employ greater security than smaller firms, particularly because they want to attract companies from high-compliance industries like financial institutions and medical centres. Because of their size, they are able to have the highest level of security and the latest in software to combat malware, ransomware, and other ways that hackers try to steal data and immobilise systems. This can put your mind at rest when it comes to worrying about your sensitive data being stolen.
Keeping technology on-premises also limits your ability to scale up and down as and when you need to. If you have your infrastructure on the cloud, it is a simple matter to increase your bandwidth or storage space and reduce it again when you no longer require it. This means that you are never paying for more than you actually need at any one time.
Of course, if you are looking after your hardware and software in-house, then you also need someone to maintain and support it if anything goes wrong. That's a more pricey route.
Consider moving your systems to the cloud or getting in touch with an IT support company that for a nominal monthly fee will take over support and maintenance for you.
If you would like to know more about whether you should consider keeping your technology on-premises or moving all or part of it to the cloud, you need to get in touch with an I.T. support company in London like Wem Technology. We have experience of the cloud and can discuss with you whether a transfer is the right thing for your company or not. Contact us now to discuss your options.