The biggest ongoing trend in the Value-Added Reseller (VAR) and Managed Service Provider (MSP) markets nowadays is the emergence of cloud-based services and their overall dominance.
Moving to a cloud platform is strategic for small- and medium-sized businesses as the crossover benefits them in several ways. In return, this is also advantageous to VARs and MSPs as many companies utilize their software, hardware and IT services.
So what, you may ask, are cloud services and why should you consider them? Here are some reasons why.
One of the heaviest investments currently is for cloud storage. When physical computer storage capacity is overused and you want to keep your business operating at full force, cloud storage is a great refuge.
It allows you to store your data online, without taking up precious network space. The cost varies, as does security, but if done correctly, this is a great option not only to expand your network, but have a backup in place if need be. Plus, you can still access and share your data like normal, making it a particularly good fit.
Speaking of cloud backup, this is a biggie. As security threats filter through mainstay IT infrastructures, and physical storage facilities cost money and are subject to natural disasters and emergencies that don’t make them foolproof, this added measure can give relief. Cloud backup, or online backup provides high security and encrypts your files and documents. This, combined with cloud storage (since cloud backup doesn’t usually allow file sharing) is an SMB solution worth the cost.
Another practice in high demand is cloud email. This involves migrating all email functions online. Why should you consider this for your business? Certain factors include:
- Server space: Your IT capacity will certainly be more efficient as you move all your stored messages to cyberspace. This can include faster usage for other programs.
- Unlimited space: Unlike traditional email, cloud options allows for unlimited growth. No more 500 MB total data limit, or an email estimated at 20 MB unable to make your acquaintance. By expanding cloud storage, you gain a ton more data storage in terms of your communications.
- Efficiency: Many companies with email limits have automatic archives and deletes that prove troublesome in industries like finance and insurance when the data trail you must provide is lengthy. Important memos and referendums stored in folders, but not accessed for a while get automatically deleted due to time away, rather than the luxury of securing their existence.
- Reduced cost: While not a financial guarantee, cloud email is cheaper than using your in-house network. First, it doesn’t take up space. Second, managing it online can still give you all the access, protection, flexibility and disaster recovery that, when combined, means lesser dollars spent.
- Security: Similar to cloud storage and cloud backup, cloud email prioritizes security, if you do your research. This means don’t go with a ‘promise partner,’ rather go with an experienced entity like Google or Microsoft for your options. Also, look at the perimeters offered around the security. Are they flexible? Security for your data should always be fluid and continuous.
- Disaster Recovery: One of the largest negatives about IT networks and infrastructures is their due diligence with natural disasters. Nature happens, and sometimes facilities don’t have the proper space or advancements to properly secure their networks from such emergencies. To counteract these feats, a cloud-based system is an appealing option. In terms of emails, if secured online, no communications would be lost.
Keeping Up with Demand
At ITC, we recognize that cloud-based services are the future for many SMBs. That’s why we currently offer cloud services, including cloud email and backup. We keep atop industry trends and emerging technology and carefully weigh new options as they grow in scope and need. Contact us today to talk about whether cloud computing is a route you should take.