Cloud Hosting Solutions for Small Businesses
Tech Prognosis is focused on assisting small businesses and organizations in evaluating and integrating cloud computing options to reduce cost and increase operational flexibility.
Our focus on the micro and small business sector means we understand the unique IT challenges faced by this sector with regards to data privacy and security.
We provide solutions and advice in the context of your unique business challenges.
Our collective knowledge of applications specific to the unique needs of this group allows us to tailor the most appropriate cloud solution for your firm.
Cloud hosting is a major part of our small business portfolio.
Benefits of Cloud Hosted Services
Cloud hosting solutions make it easy for small businesses and organizations like yours to control costs, have access to modern technology, and avoid the stress and frustrations of trying to manage IT in-house.
For nearly every aspect of traditional IT, users will have options for acquiring that service from the cloud. Likewise, end-users may choose to address any one of these areas through building a private cloud delivery model.
Our Cloud services
Email and Office Productivity
Desktop as a Service
Desktop-as-a-Service is a cloud-based architecture that provides businesses and organizations the ability to provision mobile employees and remote workers seamlessly.
Deliver the appropriate applications users need to the device of their choice, without the overhead of expensive equipment purchases.
Not too long ago, leveraging an offsite vendor or second data center for disaster recovery was traditionally seen as a solution only very large firms with deep pockets could afford.
Thanks to the prevalence of virtualization technology and cloud hosting services, small businesses now have access to the same level of recovery capability from a cloud-based provider.
File Sharing and Storage
Files on local machines can be synchronized to the cloud drive, thereby making them available from
anywhere from a wide variety of devices.
The cloud drive can be set up to keep a copy of file versions as they change over time. The
number of previous file versions to be kept can be specified as desired.
Before you move to the cloud
For many small businesses, adopting a cloud hosting strategy can be stressful and challenging.
This is due to the fact that it can get highly technical, and there may be issues of control, trust and cost that could blind-side the unprepared.
So before you move your business applications to the cloud, here are some things to know:
Evaluate cloud computing from your organization’s point of view. Cloud computing provides a host of benefits to small businesses such as making large scale processing easier. It also improves flexibility by providing access to information across a multitude of platforms and devices. Suppose, for example, your organization requires you and your employees to travel extensively while staying in touch or accessing files back at the office. In this case, cloud computing will make a lot of sense for you.
Once you have gathered enough information about cloud computing and how it can help your business, decide whether you need a public, private or hybrid cloud. Each option comes with its own set of benefits and weaknesses. For example, public cloud is the more cost-effective option, but comes with greater security risks. Private clouds, on the other hand, are far more customizable but considerably more expensive than public clouds and are often used by larger enterprises rather than small businesses.
Not completely sure about deploying cloud at your organization? Go for a trial run to get a good understanding of how it can benefit your business. During the trial run, you will be able to observe the changes that cloud services can bring to your business. Many cloud computing tools have a 30-day free trial period, enough to give you a fair idea how the technology works and whether it will benefit your business.
It’s always a good idea to keep things simple when you have just started using a new technology. So go for a simple, uncomplicated cloud architecture that can help you get started. You should get used to the basic cloud structure before scaling up.
Adopting a new technology is an important change not only for your organization but also for your employees. It is therefore essential that you address their questions and concerns before integrating a cloud solution into your operations. You can hold meetings with the teams that will be impacted by the transition. Explain why you’re adopting the new cloud service and how you expect them to support the organizational change.
An increasing number of small businesses are moving to the cloud today. Their needs maybe different than yours, but you can learn a lot of useful lessons from them for when your business adopts cloud technology. It’s probably a good idea to network with other businesses to understand the challenges they faced when they moved to cloud. How is their experience now? Are they happy with the cloud services they have adopted? You can find answers to these questions when you reach out to them.
A quick search on Google will tell you there are many cloud vendors vying for the attention of the small business market. Even big players like Microsoft and IBM are focusing on the small and medium sized business segment with some innovative cloud solutions. Keeping this in mind. It’s essential for you to evaluate the various options available to you. When you are assessing your options, don’t focus only on pricing. Take other factors such as reliability, scalability and ongoing support into account.
Keep Future Business Needs in Mind
Your IT strategy should align with your future nonprofit needs. Of course, you can’t predict the future, but it’s always a good idea to ask yourself where you see your organization in five years. Are you going to need more resources on the ground and in different locations? Do you expect your workforce to grow? Is remote working a distinct possibility? One of the benefits of cloud services is their ability to scale as your business needs grow. Be sure the vendor or vendors you choose provide the capacity to support this future growth.
Don’t shy away from asking questions about the solutions you are exploring for your organization. You should ask potential vendors how they will support you in case there’s a security breach of some sort. You may also want to ensure your data is not saved in a country where laws do not align with your business requirements. A clear understanding of the cloud technology you plan to use can help your organization in many different ways. You just need to plan properly and explore your options.
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