How to take your business global with the cloud

Cloud technologies are often promoted as an excellent way for SMEs to grow and thrive. But the cloud isn’t just for smaller businesses. More and more it is being used by ambitious firms who want to take their operations global. Here’s why.

There are no geographical boundaries with the cloud

Cloud technology is an enabler for any business that wants to expand beyond the UK. Not least because cloud-based hosted desktops let companies virtualise their office space. For example, with hosted desktops, your employees can access everything they need to do their jobs, in real-time, from multiple data sources. So wherever and whenever they are, they have all the business-critical data they need, on any internet-enabled device. This means that there are no boundaries when it comes to international working.

Indeed, when it comes to globalisation, 71% of cloud users have entered new geographic markets in the past five years compared to only 31% of non-cloud users[1].

With the cloud, you can expand into new territories without any fuss

To expand in a digital age requires an IT infrastructure capable of adapting with you. But, with an on premise set up, if you have a great year and want to expand your workforce into a new country, the costs of opening an international base can be off-putting.

However, with the cloud, you can grow with complete flexibility. For example, with a cloud-based hosted desktop, should you need to open a new office in a different part of the world, you can get your new location up-and-running quickly and easily; with access to all the same services and applications. So you benefit from an agile system that supports business growth, rather than hinders it. You just pay for what you need on a per-user basis and scale up (or down) on demand.

And you don’t need to worry about the cost of additional data centres and hardware. In fact, with the cloud, you don’t even need a new office. Staff can access their work desktop at any given time, regardless of time zones.

The cloud is secure, regardless of location

With the cloud, you can expand into new territories while remaining as secure as you would if you operated from your own office.

Complying with an internationally recognised best practice framework, at Cloud Geeni, our data centres are situated in the UK and are ISO27001 certified (this ensures you are working with a trustworthy provider committed to safeguarding your data). We also provide secure access and two-factor authentication. So no matter where you are, your data remains safe.

Your data is always available, no matter where you are

Cloud storage boasts best-in-class backup and recovery processes. Your files sit on a dedicated machine in a UK data centre, but they are also duplicated and backed up. So if a failure occurs, it’s never a problem. The backup will immediately cut across to its sibling, so there is no loss of service and no downtime.

So, getting access to your data requires an internet-enabled device and an internet connection. Your location is irrelevant.

Collaboration is easy with the cloud

Real-time collaboration and file sharing are made possible with the cloud. So, when an employee in one place makes a change, that information is immediately available to others, regardless of where they are. This means there is only one version of the truth, irrespective of where data is being accessed from.

With Cloud Geeni, our hosted services are fully customisable to your changing business requirements.

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[1] Frost & Sullivan “The Born Global Business”