Many small, medium, and larger businesses have migrated their IT networks in recent years to cloud-based computing options. This is for very good reasons – businesses utilizing cloud services gain a number of benefits, not the least of which is money saving via the assurance of adequate backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity. And, cloud computing is also helping in the cost-cutting department in a number of other ways, which we will examine.
Perform a Data “House Cleaning”
In order to cut cloud storage costs, you will want to perform an evaluation and data storage house cleaning, which focuses on:
Access Control and Data Retention
You will also want to make sure your access groups are clearly defined, organized properly, and that permissions aren’t being granted to parties who have no inherent need for it. Studies show that companies polled in a recent study showed 62% of employees have access to data and saving to cloud storage which they should not. Another good tip is to archive the data you don’t need immediate access to; consolidate multiple files if you can do it, and have a deletion policy in effect that’s standardized, i.e. discard files after 5, 7, or 10 years of disuse, for instance.
You can cherry-pick the particular features and applications you want in cloud storage and computing options. Understanding your needs, based on the above recommendations, will get you that much further down the road to common sense solutions for your cloud services needs, and thus, more savings in the short and long run.
Act Now and Save More
Cloud computing and storage costs are currently on the rise, due to the huge increase in demand, even though they can end up saving you money. Acting right now to secure your company cloud-based storage options will save you money in the long run, for multiple reasons. Waiting until disaster strikes via cost-cutting procrastination in the short-term will spell financial and data loss disaster down the road, should it strike.
Ask the IT Experts
If you are interested in upgrading your office IT network to cloud-based computing options, contact an IT professional today. Interplay is the leader in providing IT consulting in Seattle. Contact one of our expert IT staff at (206) 329-6600 or send us an email at support@interplayIT.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding cloud computing services, and we will be happy to answer any and all your questions.