Cloud computing

Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Law Firms

July 17, 2017

Over the past decade, law firms have digitized much of the research that we used to absorb in a law library. There is a high likelihood that your firm is already leveraging the digital landscape for research. You may have a Gmail or other email account housed on a remote server that you access through the Internet. These are just two of the cloud computing models that law firms are using today.

To keep up with news about cloud computing and other topics that relate to the technology side of law firms:

This article looks more closely at cloud-based solutions, and in particular, the benefits of cloud computing for small business.

Cloud Computing Models for Small Business

Cloud computing covers a number of models that could completely remove your need for that dusty server under your desk. Cloud computing includes the use of your digital WiFi or hardwired connection to hit the Internet to access data housed in giant server farms run by Microsoft, Google, Apple, or other cloud computing providers. Cloud computing models can include:

  • Software as a Service such as email or office tools such as Microsoft 365 or law firm-specific software such as Rocket Matter, Bill4Time or LawRD
  • Platform as a Service, which could include housing your entire desktop machine virtually.
  • Infrastructure as a Service for data storage or security.

So, if your small law firm decides to leverage these tools, what are some of the benefits you could enjoy?

Benefits of Cloud-Based Solutions for Small Law Firms

To find out more about the advantages that cloud computing can offer:

We came up with four key benefits and features of cloud computing for the solo lawyer or small law firm:

1. Eliminating your on-call IT resource along with any on-premise hardware costs. Cloud computing is a pay-as-you-go subscription service that is maintained by your ISP and cloud computing vendor. If you move your data to the cloud, it completely eliminates the need for server hardware at your firm. The cloud computing subscription model ensures you will pay a monthly fee without unexpected hardware costs if a server or other technology fails.

2. Robust storage that fluctuates according to your need. In cloud-based subscription services, you simply buy or scale back storage as you need it. You will never have to worry about running out of memory on your server again. Room for growth means simply adding a user or more storage to your subscription.

3. The fact that you can access it from anywhere, and from any digital device, is extremely important in today’s mobile practice. The applications you will use utilize self-service with intuitive interfaces that allow you to get up and running quickly.

4. Security is actually more robust in the cloud. Security patches are happening constantly, as new threats emerge. Your cloud computing providers have hundreds of security experts working to keep their data farms safe. The average law firm does not have the resources to compete with that expertise. Why not get a free assessment and find out how cloud computing can help your law firm?

Law Firms Migrating to the Cloud

Managed service providers like TOSS C3 are dedicated to managing your cloud computing models. From security, encryption, and monitoring for threats, to improving the efficiency of your network traffic, managed service providers help the small law firm maximize their cloud computing efficiencies.

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