Terrestrial or cloud. That is the question.
The answer for most SMEs is both.
SMEs all over the world are reaping the benefits of cloud based voice and data services by setting up hybrid IT environments that use both hosted and on-premise solutions.
Simply put, a hybrid IT solution is a mix of on premise, hosted and cloud services, along with mobile solutions, collaboration and devices. It effectively removes the need for SMEs to move their whole IT estate to the cloud, while allowing them to make the cloud an extension of their existing environment.
The benefits of hybrid
Hybrid solutions have lots of benefits for SMEs, particularly those who still have concerns over data privacy, security and control when using the cloud. In addition, many SMEs still have limited internet bandwidth and a hybrid solution lets them use applications and store data where and when it works best for them.
Enterprise class IT capabilities – immediately
Hybrid solutions provide enterprise class IT capabilities at an SME cost by allowing them to pay as the benefits are realised. For example paying per user or per seat on a monthly basis is easier financially and is totally scalable for SME’s as they grow.
You don’t have to forgo your recent hardware investment
Running software as a service (SaaS) applications such as CRM or web analytics on a hosted or cloud basis, enable better access for a employees who travel or work from home. However for critical applications and data, many SMEs want to own and operate internal IT services, servers and back-up facilities. Hybrid solutions allow for the best of both worlds, meaning the recent investment in on premise hardware is not completely obsolete.
Three are flexible upfront options
Hybrid cloud solutions generally don’t demand capital investment. As with other cloud-based solutions, hybrid cloud data backup for example, allows SMBs to avoid large upfront spending. This means businesses can keep running and avoid a huge bill for data protection.
It isn’t difficult or disruptive
Employees at most businesses are busy enough as it is, without having to take on new responsibilities relating to an IT change, or learn a new technology system. A hybrid cloud solution can neutralise this common SME technology issue, especially when implemented efficiently. Cloud software often has the same (or a similar) user interface to the non-cloud version.
Everybody’s doing it
While not all SME decision-makers are conformists when it comes to technology, the hybrid cloud model is a popular decision among this segment because there is very little risk associated with it. Thanks to services such as Apple’s iCloud, cloud-based backup has become part of everyday life. SME decision-makers certainly are not going out on a limb by adopting hybrid cloud to protect their data - with the mix of on premise and cloud - it’s an architecture that works well to safeguard an SME’s data, help employees be efficient and increase collaboration across the board.
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