Whether you are migrating from traditional computer systems to the cloud or are already involved in private hosting in some capacity, there are many reasons why moving to a managed service could be hugely beneficial for your business. However, there are still many business owners and managers who are skeptical or unsure about making the switch… sound familiar?

Here are five tell-tale signs that it could be time to move to managed cloud hosting.

1) Security breaches

Due to lockdown, now more than ever an increasing number of transactions are taking place online – so it’s no surprise that cyber-crime is on the rise. If your online defenses aren’t robust and you find them being repeatedly breached, you’ll need to upgrade them as soon as possible. Even enterprise-level businesses can’t always afford the time and expense involved in strengthening cyber-security, but a fully managed cloud hosting service can take care of that problem for you.

2)  An over-stretched (or non-existent) IT support department

Hiring an in-house IT team can be an unjustifiable expense for a small business, while businesses which already have one can still find their workload becomes overwhelming. If your workforce is routinely finding itself either unequipped or understaffed to meet the technical IT requirements of your business, it might be time to outsource the task to someone who can manage things more efficiently.

3)  Idle servers burning resources

One of the conundrums of launching a new online business is gauging just how much database storage space and computing capacity you’re going to need. This often means that people overestimate the amount of traffic they are going to experience (at least initially) and decide that it’s better to have too much than too little. Unfortunately, this can often result in money being wasted as servers lie idle while your business builds.

4)  Recurrent user downtime

The flipside of idle servers is underestimating your business’s online needs. Circumspect or underfunded enterprises may decide to err on the side of caution and spend on only the amount of hardware they think they’ll use. But when business is booming, that can lead to glitches and downtime for the user end, resulting in a terrible user experience. Even just one instance of this kind of occurrence can do irrevocable damage to your brand.

5)  Your business is ready for expansion, but the risks are holding you back

Many people are wary of taking a leap of faith by expanding their business in case the projected custom doesn’t materialise. With a managed cloud hosting service, you can access the IT services you need on-demand, meaning you’ll only pay for what you use, and you can achieve full scalability according to your business’s fluctuating needs. As such, it’s the perfect way to enter new markets or launch new products without running the risk of failure.

Talk to HDUK – the cloud hosting experts

If you’re considering migrating to a managed service, HDUK can provide the right solution for your business. Call our friendly team today to discuss your requirements on 01883 333155 or email contact@hduk.co.uk for more information.

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