Businesses of all sizes are turning to cloud services.
Let us show you why public and private cloud adoption continues to increase every year.
Delivering computing services over the internet has gained serious momentum. Deploying software solutions, servers, storage, databases, networking, and reporting – over the internet, or “the Cloud,” offers flexible resources and scales with your business growth. One of the advantages to cloud services is only paying for the services you use, which helps lower operating costs, run infrastructure more efficiently, and scales as your business demands increase.
Cloud solutions are not always the answer for everyone. skött-it can help you determine what services should run in the cloud and which services make more sense running locally on your own network.
Why use the Cloud?
There are a lot of good reasons to utilize cloud computing, although typically it comes down to just a few key reasons. One is a potential cost savings for your organization, therefore you are not spending a lot of money buying and maintaining costly hardware. This reduces your capital expenditure since there is no hardware investment or facilities to meet your growing business needs.
Another benefit is “Mobility” – accessing your information in the cloud means users can connect from anywhere, with any device, with just an internet connection. Staff members can access your information with their smartphones and other mobile devices, enabling them to stay up-to-date with coworkers and clients.
Lastly, “Disaster Recovery” – every business owner worries about losing data. Storing data in the cloud ensures users can always access company information. With cloud-based services, organizations can quickly recover their data in the event of an emergency, such as natural disasters or power outages.
skött-it offers a hybrid cloud server solution that offers cloud benefits while hosting from your local office – ensuring security and the fastest access to large files for your in-house users.
Types of Computing
There are many types of Cloud solutions, but most businesses focus on just two – Private and Public. With a private cloud, your business builds and maintains its own cloud infrastructure. This provides the versatility and convenience of the cloud, while management, control and security are maintained by you – the business. Many times this is accomplished by housing your own servers in a data center.
With a public cloud model, a service provider delivers the cloud service to you over the internet. Most of the time, public cloud services are sold on demand, typically by the minute or hour. You normally only pay for the CPU, storage, or bandwidth you use. Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Google are all big players as public cloud service providers.
Most skött-it clients are already using both of these models. Depending on your needs, a combination of services might even be the best bet. And as this technology matures, it’s likely more options will become available down the road.
There are now many cloud solutions that have become standard in the small and medium-size business environment. As an example, Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365 are used by most of our clients to share documents and host email and calendars. Users can access these services completely from the internet and from anywhere on any device. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet, allow for video and audio conferencing that records your meetings and saves them to the cloud, allowing users to connect and share information anywhere at any time.
Today, there are file servers that provide a private cloud experience from your office. This allows businesses to tightly control their security, yet easily share files with staff completely over the internet. This can now be implemented at a fraction of the cost it once was just ten years ago. Cloud solutions can be set up at your place of business or a local data center.
skött-it has been helping clients sort through the cloud computing confusion for years and has real-world experience to help you make the right move to the cloud for your business.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the cloud right for my business?
You have to carefully evaluate if the cloud is right for your business from a strategic and operational perspective. How much do your IT demands vary throughout the year? Are your IT costs impacting your ability to grow the business? A cloud solution just might be an option that allows you to more easily scale your infrastructure.
How do I develop a cloud strategy?
You should begin outlining your technical and business objectives. What is driving your company to shift to the cloud and what do these cloud solutions require? Once you identify your needs, you will better understand if your cloud strategy should include a public, private or hybrid solution. Develop a plan and timeline to execute your move to the cloud.
How do I prepare for the cloud?
A lot of companies fail to take the time to consider what is needed prior to moving to the cloud. The actual move can be quite simple and just requires selecting the right service provider, but one of the biggest details to consider is your network bandwidth. By moving your services in the cloud, access is limited by how fast you can connect. Slow cable internet connections can put a strain on speed and reliability, resulting in slow and frustrating productivity. Moving large files from a cloud service may not be a good solution and it is important to consider upgrading your bandwidth to increase connectivity.
What is the easiest service to move to the cloud?
One of the easiest and probably most recommended services to move to the cloud would be backups. Backing up to the cloud helps mitigate a major business continuity concern around downtime and loss of data. Cloud backups are ideal for disaster recovery situations and the cost is reasonably low.
What People Are Saying
skött-it’s personal attention to us and their proactive approach have delivered a level of IT performance we were never able to achieve when we did it in-house. Our relationship with Scott is one of the best decisions we have made as a company and I would suggest that anyone even curious about how to better use technology in their business open a conversation with Scott.
For more than five years, the skött-it team has supported IDEAS with numerous projects ranging from mail and server migrations, to maintaining local and off-site backups, to supporting the IT needs of our entire team.