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The 3 Worst Mistakes You Can Make With Cloud Computing

Small business owners accept that they need to find alternative solutions to issues that larger organizations can just throw money at. Money is often tight for a small business and nowhere is this more evident than when dealing in technology. Larger organisations can afford state-of-the art IT, but thanks to the cloud, your business can experience enterprise-level IT at a price that makes sense for your budget.

Small business owners accept that they need to find alternative solutions to issues that larger organizations can just throw money at. Money is often tight for a small business and nowhere is this more evident than when dealing in technology. Larger organisations can afford state-of-the art IT, but thanks to the cloud, your business can experience enterprise-level IT at a price that makes sense for your budget.

When considering a switch to the cloud, many smaller organisations don't take into account all the factors that are associated with moving their business' computing offsite before agreeing to a plan. Before you make the switch for your business, we recommend thinking about these three common pitfalls.

Inflated Expectations

One of the top issues business owners and CIOs will run into when purchasing cloud computing infrastructure is inflated expectations of the virtual hardware. Many vendors sell their cloud solutions as a replacement for in-house computing infrastructure. This is a new and dynamic medium, but users have to consider what it's replacing.

Not all cloud solutions delivered through a broadband connection can match the capabilities of an in-house server. Hosting email, documents, and database-driven applications are natural solutions for the cloud - running intense graphics and video rendering applications can require more specific hardware depending on your needs. We always encourage businesses to talk to us when it comes to what to expect from the cloud.

Making the Switch Solely to Drive Down Costs

One of the variables that gets organisations to switch to cloud computing is the savings. By outsourcing your computing infrastructure, you don't have to purchase or maintain a central computing infrastructure, thereby saving your organisation money. The problem is that if you are doing this just for the cost savings, you are likely not doing it for the right reason. The reasons to utilise cloud computing are numerous.

  • Streamlined business processes
  • Mobile device integration
  • Flexible computing environments
  • Scaled storage to meet your needs


Relying exclusively on the cost savings to see value out of your cloud resources doesn't do justice to just how dynamic hosted solutions can be for your business.

Confusion Over Cloud Security

Cloud security is the biggest question mark most people have when considering a jump to the cloud. Since your files are available from virtually everywhere, many people take this as public accessibility.

This couldn't be further from the truth. While not all cloud providers are equal, we understand the intense value of your data. We don't think a solution is worth considering if it doesn't handle security and retention. Careful monitoring, data backup, and strict authentication methods can keep your vital data safe from prying eyes and honest mistakes.

Most new cloud subscribers like the concept of paying a fraction of what they normally pay for the computing they need, but before leveraging the cloud for mission-critical tasks, taking the time to understand your cloud's security is best practice.

Cloud computing can be just what your company needs to streamline processes and get more productive, but before it does all that, you should understand how the cloud works and where the value lies in order to get the most out of your cloud solution.

At National Technologies Group, we're happy to talk you through cloud computing to consider if it's a viable solution for your business. And if you do decide to make the move to the cloud, we have a team of highly-trained staff to support you through this transition. Contact us for more information.

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