Databases are exceptionally useful for allowing access to important data, but they by default expose data to risks depending on how they are stored. If a database is stored in the cloud, for example, it could potentially be exposed to threats that put the future of your business in jeopardy. Compared to the public cloud, a private cloud database can give you more opportunities for security, flexibility, and customization.
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Cloud computing has firmly established itself as the option that businesses will ultimately need to adopt in order to remain competitively efficient. For these kinds of services, a small to medium-sized business should take Microsoft Azure into serious consideration.
Virtualization has opened up a lot of doors for businesses who want to make their operations more flexible, but your business can’t simply implement it all willy-nilly. You need to have specific requirements in mind for your cloud hardware. This week’s tip is dedicated to helping you make the best decisions possible regarding the adoption of virtualization for your business’ needs.
The cloud has helped many businesses push beyond their limits, but is your organization taking advantage of it? Depending on the needs of your specific business, the cloud can benefit your organization in ways you could never dream of just 20 years ago. We’ll go through some of the best ways the cloud can help your organization.
Were you among the 55.3 percent of employees who took their work devices on the road during this past holiday season? Chances are that if you have employees who find it difficult to complete their duties in the office, they’ll take it home with them over the holidays to make sure they don’t fall behind. Yet, they could potentially be exposing important data to risk, even if it means getting a little bit of work done here and there in the meantime.
Nowadays, businesses take advantage of so many solutions that it can be challenging just to keep them all in line, let alone managing and maintaining them all. Of course, the most difficult part of using so much technology is affording it. While you could certainly invest in software licenses for each and every one of you users’ systems, there is an alternative that you should certainly consider.
No matter how big a business is, it has to leverage at least some IT in order to be efficient. Unfortunately, some organizations are reluctant to implement new technology if they don’t seem to need it immediately. What these businesses don’t know is that the reason they typically don’t implement new solutions--saving money--is in direct conflict with what the solutions are designed to do in the first place.
Evernote is a neat note-taking app that many users have found works for them, as it can be used to keep notes organized in a better way than a traditional notebook. With new features that can offer you plenty of functionality, Evernote might just be the note-taking solution you’ve been looking for all these years. This week’s tip is dedicated to one of the best new features of Evernote: templates.
Microsoft Office 365 is effectively the Swiss Army knife of business solutions, in that whatever you may need at any given point, you have it. This is true in both the variety of Microsoft’s solutions that are available through Office 365, and the fact that it can be delivered via the cloud.
First of all, we need to define what “The Cloud” actually means. There are almost as many definitions as there are cloud solutions, but one definition explains it all – “The Cloud refers to any computing power or data storage that you utilize that exists outside the confines of your business and is not in your direct control.” Most cloud services are rented on a monthly basis. Much like leasing a car, you are paying to use the hardware or service without ever owning it.
As the cloud is being utilized by more individuals and organizations to meet their computing needs, more very important data is hosted outside of local computer networks. As a result, people utilize cloud storage for their backup and recovery strategies. In fact, it has become the primary use of cloud-hosted platforms, but just how does backup and recovery from these collaborative cloud-based platforms work?
The search for the right technology for your business sometimes becomes problematic because you either don’t have the necessary capital or operational leeway to integrate the latest and greatest solutions. For the company that needs an upgrade, and doesn’t exactly know what the next move is, consulting with an IT professional is a great option, and can turn your entire business around.
If you think that working with the cloud doesn’t have risks, think again. It’s inevitable that you’ll face security compliance concerns when it comes to your cloud-based data. If your organization has data stored in a cloud-based environment, you’ll want to pay particularly close attention to how compliance laws affect the way that you access and store this information. How can you make sure that your cloud-based data isn’t in violation of some cloud compliance laws?
Cloud computing is a major player in the way that businesses are approaching their daily operations. This might bring into question whether or not your organization is actually using the cloud in the first place, but one thing is certain--if you haven’t implemented the cloud yet, it’s difficult to not do so, especially considering how great it can be for your company.
Technology is a necessity for businesses everywhere if they are to reach their goals, which are themselves influenced by the technology that businesses have access to. If this cycle is to continue, a business needs to establish what is expected to come next in the line of IT innovation. From the looks of it, businesses are currently placing convenience in high regard.
Technology is a big deal for the modern business. This doesn’t mean just your organization’s workstations and servers either. Today there is a big shift in the way that small-to-large businesses get the computing resources they need to succeed. As cloud-based offerings continue to offer organizations computing options they haven’t had before, one hosted solution stands out for the value it presents: file sharing.
Virtualization can change a lot for your business. Since you can use multiple types of solutions to expand the way your operations work, virtualization is the perfect strategy to improve your business. But what is virtualization, exactly?
If you’re like most small businesses, chances are that you have one or two servers in your office that are dedicated to storing and distributing data on your in-house network. Without these machines, you would be in a rough spot. Users wouldn’t be able to access data and your operations would suffer. But what if we told you that there is an easier way to manage data and increase user accessibility that doesn’t include managing server hardware?
That’s right--we’re talking about migrating your data to a cloud-based server infrastructure, one built specifically for your organization and hosted by a third party. By outsourcing the management of your server infrastructure to a managed service provider, you’ll be able to take advantage of the many benefits that they offer your organization.
Cloud Servers Eliminate Costs
Having physical servers in your office comes with various costs. These include operational expenses such as air conditioning and electricity, as server units consume significant amounts of energy and generate enough heat to warrant cooling systems. When you migrate to a cloud server, your data infrastructure is stored online in the cloud via a virtual server. This server is managed by the IT provider, eliminating any costs associated with upkeep on your business’s part.
Cloud Servers Promote Flexibility
Storing your data on cloud-based servers also allows for more flexibility within your organization. By storing data and applications in the cloud, you can then access all of it through any connected device that has been approved by IT. This makes it easier for your business to get work done, and also promotes the possibility of remote work for especially busy workers, like business owners or those who do a lot of traveling for conferences or meetings.
Cloud Servers Break Down Barriers
One of the biggest uses for virtual or cloud-based servers stems from one of the largest frustrations of using technology for business: legacy applications. As new technology is released, compatibility issues often arise between applications and operating systems. Your organization might rely on a legacy app that isn’t compatible with more recent server operating systems, forcing you to run multiple machines with various OSes installed. Partitioning with virtual servers means that you can consolidate your data and applications onto a single unit and emulate each OS for your various applications’ needs. Not only can you cut down on costs associated with running multiple servers, but you’ll simplify your network in the process as well.
Does your business want to start leveraging cloud servers to its advantage? If so, reach out to Automation Concepts & Technologies, Inc.. Our professional technicians can assist your business with consultation, implementation, and migration. To get started, call us today at (508) 622-5100.
When it comes to quick and easy document sharing, most people will reach for a USB drive without a second thought. However, you may want to reconsider and use the cloud instead. Let’s explore why.
Cloud computing offers businesses an economical way to obtain the software and services they need. Yet, there comes a point when having too much of a good thing becomes wasteful, no matter how affordable the service may be. If a business owner isn’t careful about how they utilize the cloud, then they can unknowingly find themselves experiencing “cloud waste.”
Simply put, cloud waste occurs when more cloud resources are consumed than what your business actually needs. Business 2 Community provides a helpful list of various ways that cloud waste can manifest itself:
- Instances or VMs which are left running, chewing up $/CPU-Hr costs and network charges
- Orphaned volumes (volumes not attached to any servers), which are not being used and are incurring monthly $/GB charges
- Old snapshots of those or other volumes
- Old, out-of-date machine images
Any kind of waste is tragic due to it being preventable and cloud waste is no different. The tragedy of cloud waste is that it hurts bottom lines. For businesses, the waste erodes their return on assets, return on equity, and net revenue.
Additionally, cloud waste hurts the bottom lines of cloud providers, seeing as they are more profitable when they can oversubscribe their data centers. Consequently, when cloud providers can’t oversubscribe, they’re forced to build more data centers than they need to--a very expensive endeavor. On the surface, this fact may seem inconsequential to consumers. However, like any profit-minded business, a cloud provider will charge enough for their services to cover their expenses and still be profitable, which means users will inevitably be charged extra to cover the expense of a cloud provider’s waste.
Preventing cloud waste can be achieved with proper oversight and planning whenever your company’s cloud services are implemented. In order to spot cloud waste in your company’s cloud solutions, this may mean taking a fresh look at your cloud setup. More likely than not, this will require an outside perspective, like consulting with IT professionals. Automation Concepts & Technologies, Inc. can do this for you and determine if there’s any waste or not, as well as suggest changes that will remedy the waste and improve operational efficiency. Call us at (508) 622-5100 to learn more.