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Make sure your network is ready to work in the cloud

Whether you’re a small business or a large enterprise, it’s likely that some aspect of your business relies on cloud-based services, which is why your company needs to be set up to work in the cloud.

According to recent analysis, cloud computing plays an integral role in most organisations, with many companies claiming that 31 to 60% of their IT systems are already cloud-based. And cloud adoption shows no sign of slowing, either, with IDC predicting $277 billion in worldwide spending on the public cloud by 2021 – an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9%

Are you cloud-ready?

IT and network infrastructure are fundamentally important when it comes to ensuring your organisation gets the most from the cloud services you employ. Part of this means ensuring that your ISP is geared up to meet the bandwidth requirements of your workforce. Some assessments place the bandwidth requirements of cloud computing services at 5Mbps per user, the highest next to streaming video services which, in the case of video-conferencing tools, are often cloud services too.

But ensuring that your ISP is delivering the service you need is only part of the equation, and it’s just as important to ensure that your employees have fast, low-latency access to your connection. It won’t matter that you have ample bandwidth available if your employees have a low-quality Wi-Fi connection that restricts their ability to use the services. And with a study in 2018 suggesting that more than 90% of sales and marketing teams consider cloud to be essential, lumbering your staff with a bad Wi-Fi connection could be a costly mistake.

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