Cloud Services relies on Good connectivity
Liam Bonthron – Abica Account Manager – speaks about good connectivity.
“Almost everyone is using some form of Cloud Computing, and more and more businesses are beginning to put their faith in Cloud Services.”
Cloud services can include: Hosted Email, File Servers, CRM, Finance Systems and much more.
Reliance on good consistent connectivity is therefore business critical.
The future is in the Cloud and we must accept that. In order for us to allow our faith in this new technology businesses must consider which type of connectivity is available to them to ensure reliable and quick access.
Now when I say connectivity, in this context I am relating to your office broadband connection. The majority of SME’s will operate on an ADSL connection of some type. For anyone interested, the Sunday name for ADSL is Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line.
Often businesses will spend a lot of their financial and time resources on putting the correct software package and hosted services in place to ensure their business can be productive and efficient. However they will then undo all their good work by choosing the cheapest broadband connection that often has no SLA’s and can be too unreliable to support your business’s cloud services.
I am not saying that you should rush out and spend several thousand pounds on a dedicated connection for 4 people in your office just because you happen to use Hosted Email or a few VoIP Handsets. There are lots of options that a business can look at when it comes to Broadband and recently with the emergence of Fibre to the Cabinet across the nation, superfast speeds are becoming more accessible with the off putting pricetag.
My advice is: be open about the web services you use just now or are thinking of using in the future, then plan accordingly. Whether this means putting backups in place with different providers, looking at 3G failovers or just simply getting the best value product that suits the requirements of your business, be ready for the Cloud and what benefits it can bring to your business.
Click here to find out more about Next Generation Access and Fibre to the Cabinet.