Should your business implement cloud computing?

 In Cloud, IT Support

An increasing number of business owners are adopting cloud computing as a data storage solution due to the cost-savings and flexibility it offers. By allowing users to store and access vast swathes of data on a central system, it has eliminated the need for investment in expensive storage software and staff to maintain it, making it an ideal solution for small businesses. We’ve outlined some of the reasons why you should consider switching to the cloud.


Reduced upfront costs

Undoubtedly a key benefit of cloud computing is the cost-saving opportunities it presents. Rather than investing in expensive infrastructure and hardware, not to mention staff to manage them, small business-owners simply need to choose a provider who will provide infrastructure and assume all maintenance responsibility for the cost of a monthly subscription, including features such as managed security, managed connectivity and remote back-up.


Automatic software updates

Software upgrades are often included in standard contracts, again saving valuable resources in researching and implementing software updates. Shift F7 will ensure your business has the latest software programmes available, including Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.



Cloud-hosted desktops enable users to access their files from anywhere in the world, across any device. This means that colleagues in different locations can simultaneously collaborate on projects or presentations. When employees are absent or the office server is inaccessible, cloud data is accessible to everyone with credentials. Even when employees aren’t connected to the internet, they can work offline and synchronise later.


Increased security

Shift F7 have invested significant resources into putting into place sophisticated solutions to improve data security and cloud computing has been proven to offer better security than local servers. There’s no need to worry about losing crucial data and folders because of natural disasters or IT issues. We back-up data to remote servers and are diligent about updating the software and carrying out regular security audits.

Shift F7 offers a portfolio of customised cloud computing solutions, tailored to your business needs. For more information on our flexible, cost-effective solutions, please contact us today. We can also complete an appraisal of your current IT requirements to ensure your cloud solution is suitable for your business requirements.

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