We're in unreal, crazy times at the moment, and it has to be said that a lot of people are regretting their move to the cloud.
A lot of people are loving it as well because they're going, "Huh, you know what? Sweet, I'm in the cloud. This is great! I can access everything from home. It is good."
Internet Speeds Are Slowing Down
The problem with cloud migration, especially when the lockdown started and everybody started working from home, is the loads increased by about 300%, not just 10% or 20% or 30%. That means we've seen lots of core business go up and down, which is something that wouldn't happen if business owners spent the money on business-grade Internet connections and kept their infrastructure local.
Get Localised Copies of Your Data
Having said that, if you have made the decision to move to the cloud, it'd be a very sensible idea to make sure that you've got localised copies that you can set to schedule to download at night.
Whether that's through Dropbox, OneDrive or anything like that, make sure you go out, buy bigger drives, and have everything copied locally. That way, it's going to be much, much quicker when you go and open up that document.
Backups, Backups, and More Backups
If you want to make sure things are staying nice, quick, and efficient, these are things that you need to be keeping in mind and doing.
Keep a localised copy of the data. This has become even more important since we started seeing Internet outages and blackouts across Australia and also on an international scale.
Keep your data local and make sure you have backups. If you don't know where your remote workforce is backing their data up to, find out. See what you can do to see where the files are going.
The Final Word
If something goes terribly wrong and your IT company blows up and disappears, where do you go to get your data backup? Where do you get all of your information?
Have a Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan in place so that you won't ever lose data and if you do, you can easily retrieve it and avoid days or weeks of downtime.
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Editor's Note: This episode was originally published on 5th May 2020. It has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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