Over the past few years, many businesses have gradually moved their operations into the Cloud. However, since the pandemic and remote-working began, Cloud-based services have been adopted at a faster pace than ever before. In fact, 51% of UK business leaders claim that shifting to Cloud connectivity saved their companies, with 60% planning to upscale their use of Cloud-based IT in future!
In this article, we explain what Cloud connectivity is and introduce you to its benefits for businesses in terms of efficiency, security and productivity.
What is Cloud connectivity?
Cloud connectivity refers to the online platforms that host various Cloud-based services. Simply put, it provides the infrastructure for a range of tools that your business may use for its day-to-day processes or communications. For instance, you might use the Cloud for data storage, email communication or managing your business’ financial operations.
Although most businesses are already benefiting from using both public and private Cloud-based applications, accessing these directly offers several advantages! While most data travels across either the public Internet or a VPN, Cloud connectivity provides a dedicated connection between your network and your Cloud services. The main advantages of this are:
No need for a VPN
In these times of hybrid working, businesses have turned to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to securely access confidential data from anywhere. While VPNs certainly play an important role in maintaining cybersecurity, especially after the blurring of boundaries between work and home, they can slow down your connection. This is because they encrypt the data you send and receive through them. As a result, you might experience a time lag while you’re browsing online or downloading files. With Cloud connectivity, you eliminate the need for a VPN.
Faster load times and lower latency
During busy times, delays such as lengthy loading times can be a real source of frustration. Unfortunately, when using software as a product (SAAP), such as Microsoft Office 2010, delays are common. Thankfully, as Cloud connectivity provides a direct connection between businesses and Cloud providers, load times are much shorter. This direct connection also means that Cloud applications get priority and aren’t competing with general broadband or network traffic.
Greater control over security parameters
Having a direct Cloud connection provides you with extensive flexibility and power over your online security. You can design your own security parameters to grant or restrict access to applications as you choose. For instance, in the case of a finance team using Sage software, a direct connection offers the power to restrict access to members of that team.
A comprehensive Cloud solution
Everyday Communications is currently working on the launch of our new Cloud Connectivity for Business service. It promises all of the benefits listed in this blog, and a great opportunity to boost your business’ overall efficiency!
Our brand-new service supports businesses working with a hybrid Cloud model. This allows you to access private and public Cloud services directly through our own secure infrastructure.
This add-on service complements our existing telecoms solutions perfectly. If you have business broadband with us, you’ll be able to sign up for our Cloud Connectivity service. When combined with our other services such as Video Conferencing and Cloud Telephony, this makes us a convenient one-stop shop for all your communication needs. Keep a lookout on our website and stay tuned to our social channels for more details about this exciting new service!