Cloud Based Solutions
In order to maximize things like scalability, functionality, and capacity within your business’s IT infrastructure, a cloud based solution is key. This not only increases your ability to accomplish these things, but also minimizes any maintenance and is budget friendly.
What is a Cloud Based Solution?
A Cloud based solution is essentially taking all of your networks, storage, applications, and other resources, and having it run off of another provider’s infrastructure. Usually, you will be paying a flat monthly rate to cover your cloud based solution. This price will typically cover everything from the internet connection to the necessary patching within your network. Because it’s generally handled as a “pay as you go” service, it creates opportunities for budget friendly solutions. You pay for as much as you need, when you need it.
Implementing Cloud Solutions in Your Business
Cloud based solutions are becoming more and more prevalent in the business world. Some businesses choose to use cloud based solutions for part of their IT services, others use it as an all encompassing solution to their IT needs. It depends on your unique situation, which is what makes the cloud such a valuable asset. You get to choose how it’s implemented based on how it will benefit your day to day.
One way that you can begin to implement cloud solutions within your business is the way you store your data and information. Using the cloud for storage allows you to have convenient access to this data from anywhere and at any point in time. This also gives you a much more cost effective plan than the more pricey option of physical servers and storage applications.
Implementing the cloud into your business is easy due to the fact that it is in fact a “pay as you use” service. You only need to worry about covering the costs of what you are actually using, rather than a fixed rate of certain applications. This ensures that you are taking advantage of a solution that will only benefit you, without the extra components you may not necessarily need.
Private Cloud Solutions
Private cloud is a cloud based solution that is dedicated solely to a single entity or business. The resources and services used are delivered completely on a private, secure network that isn’t shared with any other clients of that provider. This option gives you more control over the infrastructure you are working off of.
The main benefits of using a Private Cloud Solution include:
- Efficiency and Control
- Caters to Compliance issues
- Faster speeds
Some of the downsides of choosing a Private Cloud Solution include:
- More expensive
- Mobile access may be more limited due to high security measures in place
- May somewhat limit scalability
Public Cloud Solutions
Public cloud is a solution that involves having your IT services on a public platform across the internet. With a public solution, the provider will be in charge of the upkeep of resources that are shared between multiple clients.
This option requires no investment in the infrastructure, as all of the hardware and software is owned and managed by your provider. It also gives you an option for scalability as the services can be easily changed to fit your needs.
The main benefits of using a Public Cloud Solution include:
- No investment required
- Cost efficient
- Scalability opportunities
- All maintenance and management is taken care of for you by the provider
Some of the downsides of choosing a Public Cloud Solution include:
- Lack of security
- Some general choices within the infrastructure will be made for you by the provider
- Limited compliance solutions
Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Hybrid cloud refers to a mixed computing, storage, and services environment that is made up of on-premises infrastructure, private cloud services, and a public cloud—such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. It typically will give you the best of both worlds and can cater more to your needs as a business. For instance, your business can utilize private cloud solutions for IT workloads while at the same time using public cloud solutions to offset any increased network traffic.
The main benefits of using a Hybrid Cloud Solution include:
- Distribution of workloads to on premise and private/public environments
- Use of current on premise environment while scaling the use of public and/or private environments
Some of the downsides of choosing a Hybrid Cloud Solution include:
- Can end up being expensive
- Cloud compatibility can be a problem if not set up correctly
- Extra steps are necessary to ensure sensitive IT workloads are secure
Cloud ERP Solutions
Enterprise Resource Planning software, or ERP, is a cloud based solution that allows you to connect all lines of your business together in one place. It would be detrimental to the flow of your business if you have different departments entering the same information, like client names and phone numbers, in multiple places. It allows you to organize and aggregate this data in one spot that all departments can access at any given time. It allows for more efficiency for your business in a cost effective way.
Migrating to the Cloud
Cloud migration is a process that your MSP will assist you with to transition IT workloads to the cloud efficiently, safely, and effectively. Depending on which cloud solution option you choose for your business, the steps of migrating to the cloud will vary. Generally though, it involves evaluating your security requirements, budget, and data and then migrating whatever you deem necessary to the cloud.
An example of this is migrating all of your business email accounts to a software service like Office 365. Instead of having to worry about and spend money on the integration of a server to host all of your email accounts, you can pay a certain amount per user, per month for full access to the software.
Cloud based solutions give you the opportunity to cut down on cost while providing more efficient workflows for your business.
Migrate to the Cloud with Valeo Networks
Even with all of the awareness of the cloud, there are still plenty of questions you probably have about migrating your business. Luckily, with Valeo Networks, you will have a partner with all of the answers. Our cloud solutions make the entire process easier and more manageable for you. Migrating to the cloud is a big change for any business and we aim to make the transition as simple as possible.
Partnering with Valeo Networks gives you access to private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions. Each option we can take and cater to your business needs and boost your company’s performance. Contact us today to see why it’s time to make the jump to the cloud with Valeo.
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