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September 2015

Why the private cloud?

September 15th, 2015

Private cloudAs technology continues its rapid march, businesses often find themselves at IT crossroads. Business needs demand efficient and scalable technology services, which public cloud services do a great job of providing. However, some businesses soon discover public cloud services are not enough; enter private cloud.

Benefits of the Private Cloud

Cloud services have been a source of much discussion in the business technology world for the past few years. Initially, the question for small businesses was, “Should we transition to cloud services or keep everything in house?” There was an idea among businesses that somehow keeping all of the information physically close, translated into more security.

Businesses quickly realized standard security with cloud services were adequate for most small to medium business needs, and have since rapidly transitioned to public cloud services. Yet, for large businesses, who have unpredictable or changing data needs, private cloud services are a better option.

Some benefits of private cloud versus public cloud are:

  • A higher degree of control over data
  • Service dedicated to a single organization
  • Proprietary system architecture
  • Greater security due to firewalls

Transitioning to the Private Cloud

Before businesses transition to the private cloud, there are a few requirements to consider. A cost-benefit analysis of these considerations will help a business determine the feasibility of that transition. The private cloud requires a business have:

  • In-house IT support
  • Technology infrastructure
  • Staffing, management and maintenance cost for in-house IT support

Since infrastructure and staffing alone can be cost prohibitive, business should also consider the possibility of the hybrid cloud. This cloud-based option allows most of the benefits of the private cloud, while using public cloud service providers.

Fortunately, as technology continues its rapid advancement, business are able to take advantage of data services that can be tailored to their specific needs. If you would like to discuss which cloud-based options may be right for your company, or to discuss any other business technology need, please contact us. As always, we look forward to any opportunity to help our clients move their businesses forward.

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Simplifying the cloud

September 1st, 2015

Simple cloudTalk about cloud technology is everywhere. Internet and television touts its capabilities and benefits. But many people are still wondering, "What is it exactly?"

The Basics

Actually, the cloud is not new. In its simplest terms, cloud technology has been around a long time in the form of the internet. The cloud is simply a way of allowing information to be stored remotely and accessible from anywhere.

Think of it this way. You have an office, but it is becoming too small. You don't have enough room to store paperwork or supplies. You want to move to a larger office to allow more workspace, but the cost is prohibitive.

Instead, you consider renting a larger, shared storage space. In this shared storage space, you would have a locked closet. You would be the only one with a key to the closet. This would allow you to keep important business information private, but still accessible for you.

This is what the cloud does, in virtual terms. Hiring in-house IT professionals, and upgrading hardware/software is very costly. For most small to mid-sized businesses, using a cloud service allows them to store large amounts of information in a secure place, while limiting their cost.

Reasons to Join the Cloud

Maybe you have been thinking about transitioning your business data to the cloud. Here is a list of benefits:

  • Reduction of cost: No more onsite physical storage or internal IT.
  • Access from anywhere, all of the time: Working remotely just got easier.
  • Greater collaboration: Information on the cloud is available on-demand from multiple devices.
  • Better scalability: You can scale up or down, depending on current business needs.
  • Faster deployment: You can start using cloud services for your business in a matter of hours.
  • Improved security: Cloud security measures are often more effective than traditional, in-house security methods.
  • Business continuity: Unlimited data storage and backup limit the occurrence of downtime events.

A Win for Business

The cloud has leveled the field for businesses of every size in regards to IT capabilities and solutions. Transitioning to the cloud opens a range of possibilities for the health and continued growth of your company. This is technology designed to help your business become more efficient and effective. The only question now is, what do you want your cloud to look like?

For help answering this and any other question you may have about IT solutions, contact us!

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