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4 Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Environments

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Blog, Cloud Services

Cloud environments have become a fundamental part of the IT world as they provide countless benefits to small and medium-sized businesses. Traditionally, clouds were restricted to two separate forms – private and public.   Private clouds provide internal controls, security, and privacy for data and applications, whereas a third-party (think: Google, Dropbox) operates public clouds in order to provide increased efficiency while providing less reliance on IT infrastructures within companies.   Hybrid clouds that combine the best of on-premise servers and third-party cloud services are making waves throughout the IT and business world. According to Gartner, 50% of businesses will deploy hybrid cloud computing by 2017. Here are four ways in which these hybrid cloud environments could benefit your business:   Cost Efficiency In traditional computing environments, you need to have the on-site capacity to meet the maximum conceivable demands. This requires higher upfront costs and on-going maintenance costs, even if your company’s average IT demands are relatively modest. A hybrid cloud environment is the flexible option to support your dynamic IT needs while keeping operating expenses under control. You can reserve your on-premises infrastructure for core business processes while safely directing additional demands to the public cloud. This method avoids the risk of overloading or maxing out resources...

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Office 365 vs Google: Which is Better for Business?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog, Cloud Services, Email, Office 365

When it comes to deciding on a cloud-based email provider, small-to-medium sized businesses have two primary choices – Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365. After talking with SMB owners or technology decision makers, we’ve found that many have pledged their allegiance to Google and don’t want to hear a pitch for Microsoft. Many are adamant that they have everything they need in the core offerings of Google Apps – Gmail, Docs/Drive, Hangouts and Sites. While these are undoubtedly solid offerings, they are more than individual products. How about comparing Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 in regard to the collective experience as a whole? By looking at the sum of their respective parts, many may find that Google Apps is actually limiting them to a degree. Here are a few examples of why: Pricing – Google has a one-size fits all approach to pricing. This approach is contradictory to the biggest selling point of Cloud technology, which is to pay for what you use, just like your electric or gas utility bills. By comparison, Microsoft lets users pay for only what they need. Sounds pretty good right? Google Drive Lacks Efficiency with MS Office Files – While the Google Drive cloud storage app is fairly adept at handling native...

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Cloud Monitoring: The Difference Maker for SMBs

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Blog, Cloud Services

Image Source: betanews.com It’s a fast-paced world. Not only do people want things, they want things right now. This sometimes-unnerving need for instant satisfaction has only intensified now that we have Wi-Fi and mobile devices that keep us connected regardless of where we are, what we’re doing or the time of day. There is no longer any tolerance whatsoever for waiting. A business with a website that fails to load–or loads too slowly–will lose customers and leads to competitors. So what has your business done to address this need for constant accessibility and optimal up-time? Do you feel you’re doing enough to meet the demands and expectations of your customers, new business prospects and those who have just now found you on Google? If you’re a small-to-medium sized business owner, do you have confidence in your technology infrastructure? Can you say with certainty that your website, internal server and mobile applications function smoothly, efficiently and correctly? When your IT team leaves work to go live their lives, are you confident that things won’t go bump in the night? That you won’t be ringing their cell phone while they’re out having dinner with their family, or worse yet, sleeping? If you answer no to these questions, you may be one...

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Why Hybrid Clouds are More Than Just A Trend

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Blog, Cloud Services

It should come as no surprise that many small to mid-sized business owners take pride in overseeing every aspect of their start-up business. Your business is your baby and so it is only natural that many are apprehensive when it comes to surrendering control of their servers, their data and their applications. The Downside of Having all the Control The downside of this need for control is that operating and maintaining everything onsite can be time consuming, super expensive (did you know everything can be stored in the cloud at a fraction of the cost?) and it can make your business more vulnerable to failure related downtime and cyber threats. The Cost Benefits of Managing Your Inner Control Freak The great thing about the cloud is it’s not an all or nothing thing. This is exactly why so many small to mid-sized businesses have turned to hybrid cloud solutions. Just as they name implies, hybrid cloud solutions are both on and off premises. It’s the best of both worlds. An entrepreneur can still control certain aspects of the business on-site, but simultaneously exploit the cloud’s cost effectiveness and overall scalability. For example, a local server like Windows Server 2012 can be housed and managed on-site but that server, or...

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How Cloud Computing Can Build Your Business

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Blog, Cloud Services, Productivity

There has been a lot of talk lately about Cloud Computing and its ability to put small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and start-ups on a level playing field with large global enterprises. Can this be substantiated or is it a load of trendy hype to push SMBs to cloud-based solutions? As a Managed Service Provider, we believe in the ability of the Cloud to help grow businesses, regardless of their size. As firm believers, we’d like to substantiate all this talk about the benefits of the Cloud and that’s why we’ve compiled this breakdown of how businesses can harness their power to boost their profitability. The Convenience Factor It once took smaller companies and start-ups weeks to launch and configure their own IT infrastructure. Doing so also required a ton of overhead costs. Today’s cloud technology provides the benefits of this very same infrastructure but on an as needed and on-demand basis and now SMBs can build a technology infrastructure for themselves online in less than a minute. Pretty handy, right? For example, a smaller agency that provides apps for its clients, can turn to a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud provider. A PaaS provides companies an environment that enables them to more easily host and deploy apps. They do this...

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How to Setup an Effective Telecommuting Program

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog, Cloud Services, Mobile, Office 365

In an earlier article, “Should I Let My Employees Work From Home“, we discussed some important points to consider before allowing your employees to work from home. As previously explained, for remote working to be successful, your employees need to have all the tools (as well as know how to use them) so that they can be productive outside of the office. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your employees, both in house and remote, can continue to communicate and collaborate, regardless of their geographical location. By creating and maintaining a flexible IT infrastructure, you can ensure that the needs of both in house and remote employees are met simultaneously, all while encouraging communication and collaboration. In this article, we will discuss Office 365 and the steps to take when implementing  mobile office tools so that you can ensure your company and your employees (both remote and in house) are set up for success. Office 365 – Cloud powered connection, collaboration and control The biggest benefit of Office 365 is that it is powered by the cloud, meaning that you can access all your applications and files from virtually anywhere and they’re always up to date. It is the same Office you are already familiar...

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