What is Cloud Computing, and why should smaller businesses care?
There’s a good chance most software applications you use every day are now SaaS applications, or “software as a service.” You don’t have to install them on your server or PC, you simply access them as a pay-as-you-go model for licenses, space and features. This gives you the ability to work with sophisticated software at a fraction of the cost, and without long-term commitments. Google, for example, is a massive, free cloud application. The power required to search billions of web sites and content in seconds and deliver relevant results far exceeds the capacity of your PC. Facebook is another free cloud application that allows you to post pictures, play games, and connect with friends in real time without requiring installation. With the recent introduction of cloud-based office applications like Office 365, Google Apps and thousands of other SaaS applications, it may perhaps be unnecessary for some smaller businesses to purchase and maintain an onsite server through Edge Solutions Group services, and that’s fine. The great thing about Edge is we’re up to date on all the latest technology, but more importantly we cater to the needs of the company, for building a long term relationship is more important than up-selling for a quick profit.
If you’re business demands a cloud-based approach, we can help you host multiple business applications, data, e-mail and other functions all “in the cloud” as they say. In other words, it’s stored offsite among the servers of a highly secure “utility” company that has far more power and resources to host your programs. And with devices getting cheaper, and internet connectivity exponentially faster, cloud computing is suddenly a very smart, viable option for small business owners. Let’s look briefly at some of the benefits of Edge Managed cloud computing for small businesses:
-Eliminates the need for expensive server upgrades
-Provides flexibility to access applications from any devices in any location, insofar as an internet connection is available.
-Built-in disaster recovery and business continuity.
-Only pay for what you need and use, with upgrade options and less long-term commitment (utility pricing).
Is Cloud Computing right for you?
While there are tons of benefits to cloud computing, it’s not right for every company for a number of reasons. Some applications don’t play well in the cloud, or are wholly unsupported. You need commercial-grade internet connectivity. And some resource intensive graphic applications, especially in conjunction with large graphic files, are better kept local. However, in almost every case, parts of your computer network can easily be put in the cloud to save you money and give you better service. So before you donate your server and sign up for Google Apps or Office 365, it’s important to speak with someone (aka Edge Solutions Group) who can honestly assess your unique situation to weigh the pros and cons of making the switch to cloud computing. We at Edge have the experience, technical expertise, and the wherewithal to build your entire IT infrastructure from the ground up, whether it’s cloud based or not. If there are some business applications you’d prefer to stay behind a local firewall, we can help integrate a custom IT infrastructure utilizing as much cloud technology as you’re comfortable with.
If you’re interested in more information email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (310)-499-4929. For your visual entertainment, I’ve posted a link to a cloud computing video to get you started in the right direction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae_DKNwK_ms
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