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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.
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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?
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.
With the number of security threats going around today, business executives have security on their minds. While most don’t argue about the need for antivirus, (yes, I’m looking at you Mac users), does having the best business antivirus solution mean you’re protected from all IT security threats?
Watch out one-time software purchases, you’re old news. While the now less-mysterious Cloud gains popularity in the business world, so does the booming “as-a-service” model. Honestly, the IT world is full of acronyms. People are talking XaaS this or that, and many of us are left scratching our heads, X-what? This particular acronym is the name of the now famous Internet-delivered service. This model is strictly internet based, opposed to local or on-site services.
Having "your head in the clouds" used to describe day dreamers. But now, it might describe someone working remotely or at a satellite office. Cloud computing is expanding the business world in a big way, and for the most part, it’s great. Between the mobility, low cost, and flexibility of scale, the Cloud is pretty much a small to mid-size business’s dream.
The Cloud is a huge part of business today. You’d be hard pressed to find a company, big or small, that doesn’t use some form of cloud computing. In layman’s terms, “the Cloud” means that you’re accessing information by Internet connection. This usually means that your IT equipment or applications live in a data center instead of your office. The equipment is generally managed and maintained by a third-party. What’s cool for businesses is the Cloud easily grows with your company. It can be a great choice for a lot of things. Here are the trends we’re seeing.
Information technology (IT) is the foundation of operations for many companies. It can propel the organization to a new level when utilized effectively. On the other hand, if IT isn’t managed properly, it can quickly become an expensive anchor to growth.
Technology is a great enabler. Think of all the ways that your business is able to thrive, grow and serve your customers better – ways that didn’t even exist 18 to 24 months ago. That being said, technology isn’t perfect. For all of the power that these systems bring, software will have bugs, hardware will fail and the Internet will go down. Having a plan for when that inevitably happens is what separates the companies that are able to continue business as usual when the unexpected occurs, versus those that lose productive time due to IT problems.