More and more businesses are looking to the cloud to provide their infrastructure and applications, and many are choosing to make the move to the cloud to improve their security. A recent survey by the Harvard Business Review** for Verizon revealed that more than a third (36%) of businesses say that cloud actually increases their security and nearly three quarters (71%) expect cloud to reduce complexity in their business. Indeed, a move to the cloud will remove the time and cost involved in constantly updating your applications because with cloud you always have the most up-to-date version of the software available.
To choose the right cloud service for your business you need to research the provider and ask if they have any history of serving other customers with your requirements. Asking if they conform to any cloud-specific accreditations, such as ISO/IEC 27001:2005, used for Sage 200 software, means you can ensure security and reliability. If you need a quick decision then see if they’re approved for the Governments G-Cloud service; if they are then they’re good enough for your business.
They should also be able to provide reports for how the data is managed and accessed, and what - if any - audit data is provided. With Sage, you will be safe in the knowledge that your business data is held in data centres managed and operated by Microsoft Global Foundation Services in Europe. You should also nail down the contractual arrangements and security provisions in the Service Level Agreement (SLA) to determine where data will be stored, how access is given, how it will be protected.
Having access to data any time, anywhere is great - Sage 200 offers the option to access data when away from the office or out on the road. But keep business data safe by allowing only authorised users access key information through an internet connection, enabling you to use a wide variety of mobile devices, amongst a select and secure number of staff.