Cloud Services have digitally transformed our world for the past decade as organizations have shifted away from owning hardware and software to simply paying a monthly fee for Web-based access to file sharing, servers, storage, email, line of business applications, web hosting, VoIP phone systems, security cameras, access control, back up and disaster recovery, and more.
Cloud services, sometimes referred to Software as a Service or (SaaS) allow the business to save time, space and expense because someone else is taking care of everything that could break, clutter up a closet, be affected by weather, and have to be replaced.
Instead, the cloud provides nearly limitless functional alternatives that significantly improve business continuity, drive operating efficiencies, allow employees to work from anywhere, and get continuously upgraded. It’s hard to beat this combination of benefits and as luck would have it, the marketplace is forcing everyone in this direction.
All of the major software developers are using Microsoft Azure, AWS, and other leased datacenter infrastructure to deliver their services. They don’t want to own and operate infrastructure or have to administer a lot of confusing software licensure either.
Microsoft’s long-term plan is to phase out client-server software offerings in favor of services that are much easier to deliver when accessed directly by users via a secure Internet connection. Microsoft is also incentivizing third-party IT services providers to offer value-added support which allows them to focus on innovation and development while end-users get more attention and hand-holding from a managed services provider of their choosing.
Which Cloud Solution Will You Add To YOUR Business?
There are two kinds of businesses: ones that use the cloud and ones that don’t know they are already using the cloud. It’s important to take inventory of what you have and what needs to be augmented or replaced. A lot of businesses are using consumer-grade cloud applications, some of which are free, and many of which can present your organization with elevated security and compliance risk.
These applications should be carefully replaced by business-class alternatives that not only have increased functionality but also offer enhanced protection from cybersecurity hazards that affect every person and device connected to the Internet in this day and age.
The Cloud Isn’t The Silver Bullet All Of The Time
Many businesses have hardware-based infrastructure which is under contract and may still have some additional useful life. The equipment could also be associated with a software application published by a developer who has not yet created a release that works in the cloud.
In these instances, some items may have to wait before being retired and be integrated with other applications that no longer need to live onsite. This is known as a hybrid environment and just about every company has a mixture with more innovative organizations having more of their digital assets offsite.
What Option Is Best For Your Business?
At ProviDyn® we take a strategic and customized approach to determine the best combination of onsite and cloud services. This architecture can be carefully planned in accordance with your business needs and budget then carefully managed when any transition projects become relevant. ProviDyn® delivers and supports a wide range of Cloud Services, each or all of which can be tailored to improve your performance, ignite your growth, enhance team collaboration, and lower liability. Learn more about our custom cloud solutions:
- Private Cloud services allow you to access your most important applications 24/7/365, wherever you happen to be, in secure, geographically diverse SOC2 Compliant data centers.
- Business Continuity solutions AKA “Backup and Disaster Recovery” continuously and reliably backs-up your on-premise data and systems to the Cloud allowing quick recovery in the event of a disaster, including the ability to instantaneously run your entire business in the Cloud.
- VoIP Services allow you to remove clunky equipment from the phone closet and let everyone enjoy the power of Unified Communications in the Cloud. This connects your team via highly customizable auto attendants, call centers, on-hold messaging, call recording, reporting, CRM integration, direct dials, instant messaging, softphones, desk phones, voicemail to email, and simultaneous ring, among countless other features.
- Hosted Email provides maximum user access as well as the latest security tools like anti-spam, anti-malware, anti-phishing, content filtering, encryption, backup and archiving.
- Website Hosting puts your digital storefront at the fingertips of the marketplace while securely isolating your site or sites from your internal systems and data. Each package comes with a variety of options to add security tools to address the latest cyber threats.