Top 4 reasons why small businesses should move to Cloud

Cloud Technology brings new opportunities and potentially disruptive changes to small businesses. Many small and medium-sized businesses have now realized the changes brought by Cloud Computing. It is estimated that 80% of the small businesses in U.S. will have fully adapted to Cloud Computing by 2020.

Here are the top 4 reasons why you should consider migrating to Cloud:

1. Easier Collaboration: Cloud Computing offers the ability to save and access various files on the Cloud to multiple people. Employees can easily collaborate and work on the same master document with the help of collaboration tools like Google Drive. Employers can also upload their documents and can control what their employees can access. This collaboration also helps the small businesses in improving their efficiency by helping the business owners to track and manage individual performance on assignments.

2. Improved Flexibility: In today’s mobile world, people demand greater flexibility. Cloud Computing allows remote access to the work-related files and information. With the help of Cloud Computing, employees can access work materials when they’re not at work or working from outside of the office. They also have an option to bring their own devices to work which helps in additional cost savings for small businesses.

3. Reduced Expenses: The goal of every business is to cut down the operational costs and to improve the efficiency whenever possible. The greatest benefit of moving to Cloud is that the services are available at a flat-rate monthly fee for users according to their bandwidth requirements without any upfront costs. Also, moving from in-house servers to Cloud servers eliminate the dependability on the IT support staff further reducing the costs and improving the efficiency.

4. Better Integration: Cloud computing enables small businesses to integrate their various departments to make them work in sync with each other so that business owners can put more time to focus on the critical business areas. For example, for an FMCG company, the field sales personnel can update the available stock in the application hosted on Cloud and the production department can procure the raw material for production accordingly.

Overall, there are many benefits of Cloud Computing for small businesses. It is important for every business owner to always look out for the most effective, yet economical solutions possible to gain maximum efficiency.

Are you ready to migrate to Cloud? Contact Sysfore’s Cloud experts for your free in-depth analysis to see how simple and cost effective it is to implement a robust Cloud Backup / Disaster Recovery plan for your Enterprise. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or call us on +91-80-4110-5555 to know more.

Top 7 Tips For An Effective Disaster Recovery Plan

Here’s a no-brainer – many companies rely on IT for their survival and they won’t be able to work if their system went down. If you think your company is one of them, then it’s important to have a proper Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place so that you are able to reduce your downtime and get back online as quickly as possible.

Here are top 7 tips to help you implement an effective Disaster Recovery plan:

Identify your risks:
Identifying major security threats to your IT infrastructure can help you put procedures in place that will reduce the risk and determine the course of action needed for recovery.

Prioritize your activities:
Identify your most critical services and the order in which you want to restore them. This will help you create a recovery plan which will help minimize the effect of the disaster on your business.

Make a list of software details:
If you’re running different software programs in your business for different activities, make sure you have a complete list of applications you are using, their configuration settings, the contact details of the owners, and your contract details. This will help you remember the applications important for your business.

Create a response team:
This is an essential element of a DR Plan and includes personnel you will need to get your system back online. You can take help from your internal staff or can hire third party vendors to help you in this process.

Assess Recovery Procedures:
The top goal of every company is recovery and restoration of its data after the disaster. In order to collect and restore the data, the company must answer questions like where the data has been stored, who has access to the data, is the data secure, whether it can be recovered in case it’s lost and how to retrieve the data in case the company switches its users.

Keep your backup ready and waiting:
It is often said that business should never anticipate profits but should provide for all possible losses. Keep a backup of all your business resources on-site, off-site or on the Cloud so that you don’t have to worry about the data loss in case of a disaster.

Run and Test your plan:
Testing your plan is another important part of DR planning. No matter how well you’ve planned your recovery, actually implementing the process is always different from the way it was planned. Run the test plan and make required tweaks for the final version of the DR plan.

When a disaster strikes, most of the companies suffer because of the absence of a proper DR Plan. Having a solid DR plan will help the businesses resume their operations after the minimum downtime and continue to provide good and reliable services to their customers and suppliers. Developing a DR plan can be time-consuming but the benefits heavily outweigh the costs should a disaster occur.

 

Sysfore can help you with a cost efficient way to meet your disaster recovery objectives. You can write to us at info@sysfore.com or call us at +91-80-4110-5555.

Top 5 benefits of a Cloud-based Disaster Recovery that need your attention

SMEs, as well as big organizations seldom incorporate DR as an integral part of their planning due to perceived reasons such as cost reservations. The absence of a DR plan can put your business in a compromising position.

The benefits of a cloud-based disaster recovery plan (DRaaS) aren’t obvious to many business leaders, despite the huge number of advantages it brings to the table. Here are five major benefits that you may want to take notes of:

COST BENEFITS: Many business leaders still associate a higher cost to DR. On the contrary, DRaaS can help companies devise a plan wherein they need to pay only for what they need. Duplication of companies’ data can be done on the cloud itself.

QUICK RECOVERY: The entire data, server, apps and the OS are encapsulated into a virtual server. Hence, copying and backup to an offsite data center is easy and quick.

STORAGE CAPACITY: With the virtual stock of the entire data, adding more storage space becomes easier with increasing business demands.

FLEXIBILITY: With DRaaS, companies have the luxury to choose the sequence and the types of data that may require backup in the event of a disaster.

SELF-SERVICE CAPABILITIES: DRaaS gives users/companies independent control, making it easier for testing, recovering, establishing failover and failback workflows, and setting recovery objectives.