Cloud computing has become popular in the business world—and for good reason. Thanks to cloud computing, you can:
- Add technology resources to your business without large capital investments
- Effortlessly scale your operations as your business grows
- Eliminate the need to maintain and manage some areas of your IT environment
- Give employees easy access to the data and applications they need to do their jobs
To take advantage of cloud computing, you need to know your options: what you can put in the cloud, the types of clouds that you can use, and what kind of security you will need.
What You Can Put in the Cloud
Today, most components of an IT environment can be provided as a cloud service. You can put software, hardware, and essential operations in the cloud.
Software in the Cloud
Using cloud-based software is one of the most common ways businesses take advantage of cloud computing. There is a wide variety of hosted applications available from providers, ranging from office productivity suites to customer relationship management software. You also have the option of putting software you already own in a cloud. For example, you might have proprietary software that you want to deliver to employees in different offices. Our team can help you evaluate which applications would be better off in the cloud to increase your productivity.
Hardware in the Cloud
If your servers, storage devices, and networking equipment are inadequate because your business is growing, you might benefit from putting your IT infrastructure in the cloud. It is not an all-or-nothing proposition, though. You can put individual components in the cloud. For instance, instead of buying a file server, you can use a cloud storage service that lets employees store and share their files.
Essential Operations in the Cloud
Crucial IT operations can be put in the cloud. Rather than dealing with the hassle of backing up all your data, you could have a provider perform your data backups and then store a copy of the backup files at its facility.
Deciding what to put in the cloud is not an easy task because of all the possibilities. Our team will walk you through your options and help you determine the best way you can take advantage of cloud computing.
Finding the Right Solution for Your Business
Because of the popularity of cloud computing, you now have many choices concerning what to put in the cloud and the type of cloud to use. While having choices is good, it can make the decision process more challenging.
We can help if you are facing this challenge. Our team will take the time to learn about your business, including your current software, hardware, operations and security requirements. We will also talk with you about the direction your company is heading and what IT resources you need to get there. Using this information, we can help you select the best cloud computing solution to use.
No matter whether you decide to put one application or your entire IT infrastructure in the cloud, our team will help you implement that solution, making sure that it seamlessly integrates into your IT environment.
Contact us today for a complimentary consultation so that you can start reaping all the benefits that cloud computing has to offer.
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