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More and more businesses are moving parts or all of their IT operations to the cloud. According to one estimate, in 2019 about 60% of business workloads were being hosted in the cloud. And that figure can only be expected to increase. For many businesses, the advantages the cloud offers, such as reduced costs, increased flexibility, higher scalability, and easier disaster recovery, are too compelling to forego.
The Cloud is awesome, right? I love what the Cloud has to offer. We all use it even if we don’t realize it – Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Amazon, to name a few. Even the technology that many of us now have in our homes is made possible because of cloud computing – smart thermostats and home automation, video doorbells and security systems.
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Hi, I’m Kenny Riedell, Chief Technology Architect here at Accent Computer Solutions. We’ve been talking about the cloud for years now but only recently has it really started to make financial sense for small and medium sized businesses to migrate to it. Previously, we talked about the different types of cloud and their uses. Today, we are going to be exploring the most straightforward way for businesses to migrate their workloads to the cloud; Infrastructure as a Service or IaaS for short.
Hi, I’m Kenny Riedell, Chief Technology Architect here at Accent Computer Solutions. Today, let’s talk about one of the simplest ways to offload some of your critical IT processes to the Cloud. Software as a Service, or SaaS, is exactly what it sounds like. It's software that is hosted by a third party as a service with a recurring fee. To make things a bit easier to understand, we like to call this type of cloud offering “cloud services”.
Remember when the Cloud meant fluffy white figures in the sky? Believe me, you aren’t the only one who struggles with “the Cloud” and what it means. The good news is that we're here to help you figure out the difference in the types of cloud computing and how to pick the right one for you.
The best, and arguably the worst, thing about the rapid growth of technology is options. Long gone are the days where chocolate or vanilla were your only choices. In a post-Ben & Jerry’s world of Truffle Kerfuffle and Chubby Hubby, how are you supposed to know what to pick? And maybe the million-plus specialty ice cream flavors out there isn't exactly the same. But it’s easy to feel as overwhelmed by specialty ice cream as when you’re evaluating your server options.
A lot of small to mid-sized businesses have already made the plunge into Cloud Computing, or some form of Cloud services. For those of you currently thinking about it or planning for it, we'd like to give you a realistic view of what moving your business environment to the Cloud could mean. Unfortunately, it's not the most natural thing for your current business environment to transition to the Cloud. You'll need qualified support to get the process underway. Let’s look at some of the commonly overlooked factors of moving to the Cloud – specifically, how it will impact your employees.
Moving to the Cloud isn’t really a trend anymore, it’s basically a part of daily work life. The hybrid method of having local and Cloud-based services has really taken a life of its own. That being said, what do you, as the CEO, need to know about the Cloud? Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. has been working with CEOs since before the Cloud became a buzzword. When we’re talking about the Cloud, a few questions always come up. Questions like “Will the Cloud work for my company” or “does moving to the Cloud mean my IT support costs go down?” These are important questions.
To Cloud or not to Cloud, that is the question… Or it WAS the question. Hybrid IT is challenging this idea and it’s changing the conversation entirely. Business executives come to us at Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. to help them figure out the best path for their IT environment. Deciding where your equipment should be and which services you should use are big decisions. There’s a delicate balance between needs and budget. The infrastructure also needs to be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of the marketplace. That’s where hybrid IT comes in handy for some businesses. Let’s explore what hybrid IT is and how it’s working for some businesses.
Everyone hates the “B” word – budget. And while everyone budgets at some point in their life, an IT budget is a beast all its own. In any business, there is pressure to keep costs down in EVERY department, but because IT isn’t always tangible, there usually seems to be extra pressure on that budget. When posed with the question of conserving cost, does the Cloud actually lower IT costs? Is it really the money-saver it’s portrayed as?