Keeping your business connected

Keeping your business connected

​You may have noticed at Alliance we have talked about the cloud quite a bit in the last few months. The reason why is pretty simple. Cloud systems are the way forward for business systems and communications. If your business thinks it is not for them today, certainly in the future it will be.

Tomorrows world will look very different. In your personal lives, how often do you shop online? How many photo albums do you own? Chances are your memories are downloaded and stored in the cloud. It therefore goes without saying that in the future more business will be done online. More applications and programs will be cloud only. More data will be stored in the cloud.

Already, cloud-based solutions give you the ability to store huge volumes of data, share files across your business, and do away with your traditional on-premises phone system.

For your business to move away from the desktop and into the cloud, it’s easy to overlook the most important link in the technology chain. Your internet connection.

Without a robust, high-performing connection, cloud-based business innovations just won’t work. If you haven’t got the right connection today, and haven’t planned for the right connection in the future, your growth ambitions could fall flat.

How do you know if your connection is up to the job?

A good place to start is to understand what you use your internet connection for now. What applications and websites does your business rely on? Then factor in what could become essential very soon.

Even if your business stays the same size, it’s more than a fair bet that your reliance on the internet will grow.

If you can, find out how much data your business sent and received over the internet a year ago. Then compare that with what you’re using today. I think you will be surprised.

Consider where your business is going in the next five years. Do you plan to expand? Will you employ more people who’ll need access to the internet? If you’re thinking about a new phone system, will you be taking advantage of one based in the cloud?

Ways to make your connection ready for the future

If you’re a light user and expect to continue that way, then you’ll be fine with standard broadband or fibre.

Using a lot of data or your needs are likely to increase? You will need high-end fibre for better upload and download speeds.

If you’re a heavy user a leased line could be perfect. These lines guarantee consistent upload and download speeds on your own dedicated line. With very low latency, a leased line is ideal for businesses using a lot of data and where internet connection is critical.

As the demand and reliance from businesses for reliable and fast internet connectivity increases, the networks have reacted by providing more options and much more competitive pricing.

Alliance have partnered with all the Internet and Fibre network providers to ensure you get the best service available in your location, at the best price. For further information contact us on 01173 700 900, email or visit our website