Business Cloud Services that Reduce Costs and Improve Performance
Cloud Computing Services
Business cloud computing IT services for small businesses in Colorado Springs are accessible via the cloud infrastructure of the Internet. They are services NOT HOSTED in your brick and mortar building but outside your building in the “Cloud”.
Would you like a strategic competitive advantage over your competitors? Cloud Computing gives you the highest availability of your technology to your employees at all times. Cloud desktops offer lightning fast performance increases. You will get all new apps and upgrades running faster on all devices. Increased company wide security is a big plus of Cloud Computing. And don’t forget everyone will have more flexibility on where and how they get their work done. Cloud Computing is a must of any small business. Are you on board? Here are some basics.
What is Cloud Computing?
The “Cloud” is not one thing but many things. There are many cloud services in Colorado Springs offered but not all of them are the same and no one service makes up the cloud in its entirety.
The term “The Cloud” is a reference to all the services offered in the cloud. Services that you access via the Internet are considered the cloud. The cloud to you then are the services you access via the Internet. Those services are hosted on hardware, typically servers, that allow many people to access the services at the same time.
Those cloud hosting servers are located in Data Centers. Data Centers are buildings with the infrastructure needed to keep the services running 24/7.
Data Centers are engineered for redundancy. Data Centers typically have redundant servers, power, and Internet connections. Data Centers are networked together to provide redundancy for each other.
If a Data Center located in the Eastern United States goes down, then the Data Center located in the middle of the United States would take over providing the services to the end-user without interruption. Data Centers can be networked worldwide for very deep redundancy. Microsoft has Data Centers located throughout the world as do many other large cloud service providers.
Below is an excellent video that explains cloud computing services:
Which Cloud Computing Services for Small Business does TekMyBiz Offer?
TekMyBiz offers great cloud computing and managed IT services for small businesses in all our service areas. Our business cloud includes stellar opportunities to reduce operational costs and improve performance through these app and service types:
- Cloud Desktops
- Cloud Hosting Email
- Cloud-Based File Sharing
- Backups To The Cloud
- VOIP In The Cloud
What Are Some Benefits of Business Cloud Computing Services?
One of the first major applications that were widely accepted included cloud email services for small businesses. Microsoft calls its cloud-based email service Office 365 or O365. Prior to O365, most businesses had their e-mail servers located in their office buildings. If the power to your office was down, your email was down.
Some of the benefits achieved by cloud hosting e-mail are also achieved when applications and data are hosted in the cloud. Here is a list of the major benefits of the cloud.
Microsoft has redundant data centers that allow for greater uptime of the email that can be achieved via on-premise solutions. If the power goes out to the office, email is not impacted.
E-mail is synchronized between your desktop and mobile devices. Your email is also available via the Web.
Microsoft spends millions of dollars on security to make sure their data centers are secure. To replicate the security of the Microsoft Data Centers would be cost-prohibitive for most companies. Because of this, the security offered by the Microsoft Data Centers is greater than most in-house security features. Microsoft hosts its data-centers by regions. Clients of Microsoft that are in the United States will have their e-mail hosted in United States Data Centers. The 3 primary data centers in the US are located in Quincy Washington, San Antonio Texas, and Chicago Illinois. You will still get the same level of security for cloud services.
Quoting from the Microsoft Trust Center website: “With the Office 365 service, it’s our responsibility to keep your data safe and secure. It’s your data. You own it. You control it. And it is yours to take with you if you decide to leave the service.”
The core tenants of Microsoft’s approach to cloud hosting privacy can be found at their Trust Center Website at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/business/office-365-trust-center-cloud-computing-security-FX103030390.aspx
5. Disaster Recovery
When an internal e-mail server fails, it can cause email flow to stop days at a time. This impacts productivity as well as increased consulting costs to repair. The Microsoft data centers provide protection from disaster recover for their cloud services.
6. Reduced Upgrade Costs
Office 365 uses the most current version of email software. Upgrades are built into the service so the organization always has state-of-the-art technology. Microsoft releases a new version of Exchange every 3 years. Upgrade costs include the software and the time to implement the upgrade. With O365, Microsoft handles the upgrade for you. Reducing hassle and downtime for cloud services.
7. Reduced Maintenance Costs
Maintenance costs are reduced in that Microsoft does all the heavy lifting of keeping the servers’ current and running.
8. Reduced Non-Deliverable Emails
Some on-premise servers suffer from a trust issue and are seen as spam, Microsoft Servers are trusted and will reduce email delivery problems for their cloud services in Colorado Springs.
9. Auditors love it
O365 meets the requirements of backup and disaster recovery auditors crave.
Does the Cloud Work in All Environments?
No. If your internet connection is slow you will suffer lag times that will make you switch back to an on-premise solution.
Also, some cloud service providers have trimmed their functionality when placing services in the cloud. This is true of Quick Books. The cloud-based service was different than the on-premise solution and many users preferred the on-premise solution and would not switch to the cloud-based.
A cloud-based solution was the answer though. Rather than running QB from the QB data center using the cloud-based solution, a workable solution was to move the on-premise software to a cloud-based server and remote into the server using VPN and Remote Desktop software. So, you can get great small business managed services and cloud services. Here’s a great article on the benefits of Cloud Computing.