Data is an essential asset to any modern legal practice. Proper safeguarding measures need to be in place to ensure that data is adequately protected. Loss of client and case data could have disastrous consequences.
An effective method of protecting your data is cloud migration. Here, you create a backup of your data and store a copy in the cloud.
Let’s run through some of the ways cloud integration can positively impact your firm and why you should implement it.
The importance of cloud storage in business
As your business grows, more and more client data will get stored in your internal databases. Eventually, you’ll end up with no storage space and will have to pay for more physical storage equipment. Cloud storage allows you to rapidly scale up your databases at a relatively low cost, as you only pay for the space that you use.
Another benefit is that cloud applications have robust security and anti-theft protection to prevent data from being stolen or compromised.
The benefits of cloud migration heavily outweigh the costs and not using cloud applications in your firm may put you at a disadvantage. Your storage capabilities may be limited, which can be costly if you want to extend the capacity with an onsite enterprise data centre. There’s also the risk of your data becoming corrupted or stolen, leaving you without a backup.
What to look for when choosing a cloud provider
There are several considerations that you should take into account when selecting the right cloud provider. Here are the three factors that we feel will impact your firm the most:
There will come a point in time when you reach the upper end of your database capacity. Look for cloud services that allow for both vertical and horizontal scaling.
Vertical scaling is where you can add resources to a server’s hardware to improve its performance and make it faster. Horizontal scaling is where you add more simple servers to the network instead of buying a single high-powered machine.
Having a system in place that allows for both gives you the flexibility to choose how you want to scale up your services.
2) Technological integration
If you are already storing large amounts of data, you’ll have a storage system in place. Rather than completely overhaul your current data architecture, you can find a cloud provider that can integrate with your existing structure. Another benefit of this approach is that you can introduce new technology alongside your legacy technology, rather than having to replace it. They will be able to communicate and work together.
3) Contract duration
Choose a cloud provider who doesn’t lock you into a long contract. That way, if you are unhappy with your current provider, you won’t be stuck with a service that doesn’t meet your company’s needs.
Find the right cloud migration service for your law firm
Transitioning from a database to cloud-based applications can seem daunting. City Business Solutions can help with our cloud management solution specifically designed the legal sector. Our team of experts will help you find the right cloud solution for your business. Contact us now to find out more.