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February 15th, 2012

Small businesses struggle with limited resources to make ends meet while continuing to provide the best service and/or products to their customers and clients. The emergence of cloud computing has allowed these businesses to breathe easier and better manage their resources and IT requirements.

As the IT industry continues to evolve, the latest transformation is the move to cloud computing. The emergence of cloud computing has definitely changed the way many organizations manage their operations – especially for small businesses, who are currently the leading adopters of the cloud.

Focus on Main Business When companies move their business management systems to the cloud, the cloud provider takes care of managing the infrastructure. Managers can focus on the needs of the customers and the business instead of being sidetracked by IT issues. IT staff can focus their time on new ways to build revenue generation instead of costing the company money.

Save Capital Expenditures With cloud computing, the company doesn't need to invest in servers to run new versions of the applications needed to run the business. Desktops and laptops can be used for a longer period of time when business management applications are accessed via the web. With most cloud applications, the business only pays for the services and software they need, adjusting user counts as the business grows.

If you are interested to know more about cloud computing and how it would impact your business, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to sit down with you to talk about the solutions that work best for your company.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Topic Cloud Trends
February 6th, 2012

Managing IT can be a big challenge for any kind of company, especially smaller and medium-sized businesses who have fewer resources to work with. But with the steadily growing popularity of cloud computing, more and more organizations are deciding that it may help them make operations much more efficient.

As the economy rebounds, businesses need to be ready to stay competitive while keeping costs under control. Small and medium-sized businesses must maximize the productivity of resources without compromising the end product or service. Cloud computing is helping more and more small and medium-sized businesses balance costs and resources.

Lower Costs The cloud is generally more cost effective, and spreads payment out over time. Monthly payment for subscriptions for applications allows businesses to pay only for services used each month. Updates and maintenance costs are usually included in the subscription cost. Companies save on dedicated IT support – as well as the cost of the electricity, space, and hardware that run the applications that manage your business operations.

Ensure Availability Another plus for the cloud is that it is more reliable and dependable. Few companies can afford to frequently update their hardware and software, so when problems arise, they have nowhere to turn. With the cloud, the application provider pays for the specialized staff to keep hardware and software running smoothly.

Secure Data Speaking of dependability, the cloud is also a better place to store your data. Depending on your subscription, you can arrange for regular backups of data to secure servers in case of any sort of incident – hardware failure, natural disasters, and more. With data backup through the cloud, you are better assured that you can always access your data no matter what happens.

If you are interested in knowing more about how cloud computing can help your business function more efficiently, please feel free to contact us so we can sit down with you and develop a custom solution based on your specific needs.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Topic Cloud Trends
January 29th, 2012

Hosted virtual desktops are a new form of desktop computing.  It really removes the need for “traditional” physical desktop PCs in the office environment, and reduces the cost of providing the application and computing services that you need.  A hosted virtual desktop looks and behaves like a regular desktop PC, but the software and data you use are hosted in our data centers and streamed securely to wherever you are.  You access your hosted virtual desktop securely over an internet connection from via an existing PC or laptop, iPAD or thin client.

What are the Benefits:

  • Security.
    • By moving to hosted virtual desktop you will be able to take advantage of our enterprise grade security and remove the burden of creating and maintain local security policies.  All data stored is no longer on the physical device you use to access your virtual desktop so in the event of a local system crash or theft no data is lost. Your data is also backed up everyday and you have access to enterprise class firewalls and virus protection.
  • Improves Productivity.
    • With a virtual hosted desktop you can access your desktop from anywhere in the world where you have an internet connection giving you the ability to work at more times and in more locations than just at the computer at your office.
  • Reduces expenses. 
    • You no longer have to invest in expensive PCs or notebook computers.  Instead all you need is a simple device that can access the internet.  Your processing power, memory and hard drive space all resides on the hosted virtual desktop, so you only pay for what you need.  If today you need 20GB of HD space that’s all you pay for and if next month you need 30 GB we just turn that on and then you pay for that.  No need to upgrade your computer or buy a new one.  This reduces the significant cost of hardware refreshes and offers you predictable pricing enabling you to budget your IT expenditures more effectively.
  • Go Green
    • Using a virtual hosted desktop can cut your IT power consumption by up to 90%
  • Backup / Disaster recovery.
    • You data is backed up everyday offsite everyday.  No need to worry about if your backup worked or not.  And if your building loses power or is involved in a fire or catastrophic event, no worries because you can access your desktop for anywhere in the world.
  • Highly scalable.
    • Our solution enables your virtual desktop estate to grow seamlessly alongside your business.  You can simply add or remove virtual desktops as your business needs dictate.
  • High Availability
    • All of our data centers are either tier 3 or tier 4 rated which means we have mulitple redundant network paths, dual powered servers and AC units.  This enables us to provide you with a high availability SLA of 99.99%.

If you would like to learn more about how Hosted Virtual Desktop can help you, please contact us using our contact page.

Topic Cloud Trends
January 20th, 2012

The growing acceptance of cloud computing is based not only on the cost savings that businesses are realizing. The abilities to respond to opportunities quickly and support remote workers are additional benefits of the switch to the cloud.

With cloud computing, businesses can tap into software and services as they need them, using an Internet connection and a web browser. Cloud services can help you manage growth and connect with your staff across town or the world.

Manage Growth

One of the toughest aspects of running a small business is predicting what resources are needed to support future demand. If the company grows quickly, more people and equipment need to be added to fulfill the work. Too much investment for the future is risky.

Cloud computing allows companies to quickly access the applications needed to increase capacity, support growth and handle busy periods. If a customer or project demands increase, software in the cloud scales without a big outlay of cash. The flexibility of the organization increases with cloud computing because it is easy to adjust and scale.

Improve Collaboration

Companies with remote employees can particularly benefit from cloud computing. More and more small and medium-sized businesses support home workers and employees that aren’t in the main office every day.

No matter where they're located, employees can use cloud applications to have meetings, talk to one another, share files, and collaborate on materials in real time. With cloud computing, you can build a team that works together seamlessly, and improved productivity and better communication allows businesses to capitalize on new opportunities quickly.

Find out more about the benefits of cloud computing. We'll help you find the solutions that fit your business and your budget.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Topic Cloud Trends