Considering that cybercrime is predicted to be more rampant than ever in the coming years, you need to consider taking advantage of data protection solutions for your business.
One way to help protect your data is with cloud managed services. Not only do they offer plenty of security, but also much needed utility in a variety of areas. However, many of the services are unknown to business owners.
Not sure where to begin? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Let's take a look at everything you'll need to know.
Those who utilize managed cloud services have the benefit of receiving continuous support from their provider. You can benefit from this in multiple ways such as your service provider continually monitoring their clients' performance, minimizing downtime, etc.
This level of support is also a part of what you'd normally get with normal managed services, so you often don’t need to worry about extending your budget for extra protection or convenience. It's all in the stable package.
The Top Security
With managed cloud services you'll be given an additional layer of security. Managed service providers have the most updated hardware and software, so you can minimize the risk of a potential data breach, extended amounts of downtime or any other issue that could affect your companies productivity negatively.
As previously mentioned, cybercrime is estimated to reach levels in 2020 that have never been seen before, So, this extra security is a major selling point in itself that's highly worth considering.
You’ll also be able to back up your companies data to cloud-based archives, which will minimize your company's suffering if something happens to your hardware. For example, if a hard drive with sensitive data is lost, damaged, or stolen, you’ll be able to retrieve this information from the cloud.
Accessibility From Wherever You Need
When you have you company's data kept by a reputable provider you can ensure that you'll always have safe, consistent access to your information.
You could even be able to complete your work while you're out of town away from the office. Remote work is no problem due to the high level of accessibility given by a managed service provider.
As long as you have an established infrastructure for remote work, you can reduce your overhead costs by downsizing your space for your in-house team. As you may expect, you also have significant control over the permissions your employees have when it comes to accessing data.
If you're looking to get access to high quality equipment and software your best bet is going with a managed service provider. Attempting this on your own comes at a MUCH greater cost
to you and is simply not economical to get the same level of service.
When it comes to costs, you’ll also find that many businesses that offer managed services have scalable plans
. This means you’ll only pay for what you need, and you can easily add extra services as your company grows.
Providers also offer flat rates
, which eliminates any uncertainty you may have with your budget. Having a fixed cost will ensure that you know exactly how much you can spend in other categories.
Future-Proofing Your Business
One of the most common reasons why businesses are reluctant to upgrade their technology is the fear that it will soon become outdated. Although they may have spent a significant amount of money at the time, the value and utility of their hardware may drop in a short amount of time.
Intentionally, avoiding this occurrence is known as future-proofing and is sought after by business owners and traditional consumers alike.
By using managed services, the obligation to maintain sufficiently modern technology falls on the service provider instead of on you. Ensure your equipment and software is always the best it can be with a provider.
Preparing for the Worst
Unfortunately there is sometimes nothing you can do to stop a catastrophic occurrence from affecting you business. Events like a flood, fire, or tornado could make it virtually impossible for your business to continue running.
This is often the result of hardware destruction, as companies without cloud managed services are entirely responsible for their own servers and performance.
However, you’ll be able to access your company's data from the cloud as long as you have the means to do so in another location. It’s not uncommon for businesses to recover by having everyone work remotely until it’s possible to utilize a safe in-house location.
Businesses in certain industries are required to maintain a certain level of compliance that's regulated by the government referring how their information is stored and handled.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), for example, clearly outlines
the requirements for maintaining patient confidentiality.
Failing to follow these guidelines can result in consequences like penalties, fines, etc. In some extreme cases, the business that does not maintain proper compliance may not be able to legally operate.
As with many of your other obligations, your service provider will be responsible for maintaining a sufficient level of compliance with any relevant government regulations. In the event that this compliance is breached, you won’t be held liable unless your company was the one directly at fault.
Having the capability to ignore this stress will allow you to focus on other areas of your business's performance, resulting in both greater productivity and revenue over time.