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A few years ago, according to Cloud Industry Forum, 88% of businesses in the UK were actively using cloud services on a regular basis. We can all safely assume that this number has risen since this research was carried out as the use of Software as a Service (SaaS) in businesses has been growing rapidly for over a decade.

Salesforce, HubSpot, Netsuite and Asana might spring to mind as some of the cloud-based tools that you’re possibly using. In fact, on average every employee uses eight SaaS applications, with companies that have up to 50 employees having around 40 apps in use in total.

 

A shift to cloud services

As well as SaaS, companies are removing their on-premises hardware and switching to cloud for business-critical activities, such as storage. A good move as another recent study by Multisoft Virtual Academy suggests that cloud computing can be up to 40x more cost-effective for SMBs compared to on-premises IT.

With advances in cloud security, SD-WAN and edge servers, it seems that most companies have decided that having as many of their applications as possible in the cloud is the future. However, one factor that businesses may not have considered, especially with people not working from offices for the past year, is that increased reliance on cloud applications and cloud servers requires increased internet bandwidth for it to work successfully.

 

New ways to communicate

Activities such as video conferencing which has become a trusted way to communicate, or telephone calls over VoIP networks can quickly use up bandwidth, something that many of us have found whilst working from home. If the speech and picture are not able to be packaged up, travel across the internet and be unpackaged at the other end in the correct order, lagging will occur. It’s frustrating in meetings when conversations get ‘jittery’ or people have to turn off cameras, or even drop from the call.

With meetings held over video only likely to increase, businesses will have to boost their internet speeds so that productivity is not lost.

 

Fibre connectivity advancements

Thankfully, a full fibre program is being rolled out across the UK. Meaning that the old copper network that once linked the exchange to the cabinet and then to each premises is being replaced by fibre which allows information to travel along it at much faster speeds.

Large areas of the country can already switch to an ethernet service capable of delivering gigabit speeds, and others have FTTP or FTTC available which whilst not gigabit, can increase speeds dramatically.

As an agnostic supplier of connectivity solutions, we can help you find out what internet speeds are available at your postcode and help you get connected quickly and easily. Whether you’re looking for faster broadband or full gigabit ethernet, our experts are on hand to help answer any questions you may have.

With up to 40x savings to be made by doing more in the cloud, isn’t it about time you prepared your business with appropriate internet speeds?