Category: Managed Cloud Services

How Digital Technology Helps Deal with Climate Change

Digitization and climate change are both hot topics. The two subjects are also getting used together in the same sentence more frequently. For example, did you know digitization is good for reducing carbon emissions? According to the World Economic Forum, Digital technologies have the potential to reduce global emissions by 15%.

Since the pandemic lockdown, people have been working from home. The workforce has been slow in returning to the corporate office setting. An IFS survey conducted last year reports that almost three-quarters of respondents plan to increase spending on digital transformation. The climate control benefits include a reduction of CO2 emissions due to less commuting and travel to in-person meetings. Technologies like Microsoft Teams have made multi-site team meetings easy and readily available.

Cloud migration is the price of admission to competing in the digital world. 

Moving your IT environment to the cloud reduces the need for additional hardware, but more importantly, to your bottom line and the environment, cloud migration modernizes your operations. While being on the cloud, and using robust cloud-enabled services like IronOrbit’s INFINITY Workspaces, won’t make your business carbon neutral, it is a significant first step on that journey.

DEMATERIALIZATION
How You Can Reduce the Environmental Impact on Doing Business

Hardware casings, cords, adaptors, and other electrical products are called E-waste. E-waste is a growing problem. Significant environmental damage happens because nature cannot absorb these products. E-Waste is a significant contributor to the haphazard disposal of old electronics: they’re inert. All E-Waste products contain hazardous materials of one kind or another. The toxic materials are predominantly lead and mercury.

By switching to IronOrbit’s cloud, you can reduce the amount of hardware because you no longer need to invest in so many on-site computer stations. There’s no need to pay for its maintenance or replace machinery when it becomes obsolete. Instead, you only pay for the exact services you need. Over time, this saves you money. Cloud computing can help your company become sustainable while making it more profitable and productive.

Reducing Needless Travel Reduces Carbon Emissions

INFINITY Workspaces is our brand of DaaS, robust technology that enables employees to work remotely with ease. There are different INFINITY packages to fit specific use cases. Even designers and engineers can access the most demanding modern applications on their mobile devices. INFINITY Workspaces empowers Geographically dispersed teams to do their best work. The technology inspires productivity while eliminating the need for lengthy commutes. It also eliminates the carbon emissions associated with daily commutes.

Adopting a work-from-home environment or even a hybrid workplace is an excellent way to reduce your business’s carbon footprint. You could also save some money in the process.

Shared Data Centers Reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)

On-premises servers and data centers use substantial amounts of energy both for running and cooling. The manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of the hardware and peripheral products also add to GHG emissions. Companies can reduce emissions considerably by moving to a cloud computing environment. Once a company moves to the cloud, they use shared data centers. Like the ones operated by IronOrbit, shared data centers run far more efficiently than individual facilities or on-premises servers. There is no longer a need for personal equipment.

A recent forecast by the International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that cloud computing will prevent the emission of more than one billion metric tons of CO2 between 2021 and 2024. Moving away from legacy software and hardware and towards cloud adoption is a logical next step for companies. Insofar as business continuity and investment in the future, cloud migration is a necessity.

Cloud computing and all the digital benefits of having your IT infrastructure on the cloud are valuable for IT departments. IT departments can work more closely with business leaders to develop new sustainability goals. It is favorable for companies, and of course, it contributes to a healthier environment.

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How to Adopt New Technologies
Understand How Technology Can Grow & Protect Your Company Then Take Incremental Steps to Meet Prioritized Objectives.

New technology can benefit companies in all industries. Reading about the possibilities is exciting. Business leaders are eager to get on the bandwagon. Leaders can become impatient when they learn the competition has implemented something like cognitive technologies to solve a problem and gain a significant advantage.

Ultimately, companies recognize that digitizing operations and developing a digital strategy is necessary. The fear is that the longer they wait, the more at risk they put the future of their company. Jumping all in for transformation becomes an irresistible temptation. Too many business leaders want to make fast decisions for fear of missing out. They start the process before they’re ready. Transforming processes before you are ready leads to frustrations and unrealized benefits.

 

Use Managed Services as an Intermediary Step

Part of the challenge for many companies has legacy systems, and they’re not in a position to retire them overnight. Leaders will realize when the next natural progression is to switch to modern applications. Partnering with a forward-leaning technology company like IronOrbit can enable baby steps towards modernizing your operations. This approach affords the time to determine which tools are critical for sustainable growth and which are not.

You build incremental confidence in the technology, while IronOrbit can make recommendations based on your immediate, mid-range, and long-term strategy. And it’s okay if there is no long-term strategy other than fortifying and growing your business. IronOrbit, as your managed service provider, can help supply the missing pieces of the puzzle. You will begin to approach digital more like the business decision it is. An incremental approach enables digitization and adoption of new technologies when it makes sense. Digital and business strategies must align and integrate throughout the organization.

Corporations have silos of group activity. They’ve been that way for over a century. Anything to do with IT would be the purview of a secluded department or an enclave of tech-focused professionals. When you talk about digital transformation or adopting new technologies, you’re talking about a change of one kind or another. Certain company cultures can adapt more quickly than others. Still, change can be complicated. As your Smart Managed Service Provider, IronOrbit helps to simplify the process and make it substantially more manageable.

Begin with the End in Mind

A digital transformation can mean different things to different people. It might mean software to increase operational efficiencies for one, or develop an omnichannel retail strategy for new product offerings for another. Start by clarifying why undertake the transformation and what business opportunities will arise from the changes. The more you know about what challenges you want technology to solve, the easier it will be to build the proper foundation.

In Conclusion

Adopting new technologies should be seen as a marathon and not a sprint. Take the time to understand which technologies perform what kinds of tasks. Identify a prioritized portfolio of projects based on business needs. The close collaboration of in-house technology leaders and C-level executives will become increasingly crucial as acceleration (technology and change) continues. CIOs and CTOs have the expertise to help navigate a straightforward integration of digital and business strategies.

IronOrbit ensures you’ll have a map to successfully evaluate and integrate new technology while balancing the upgrade and management of existing systems.

 

Learn more about how to adopt new technologies for your company here. 
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Joining the IronOrbit Team is a great move both personally & professionally.

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“IronOrbit has empowered me to learn and grow in my career. IronOrbit has a collective innovative mentality to constantly improve not only technology, but our daily work life. I look forward to working with the IronOrbit team for many years to come.”

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IT Support Specialist

“I enjoy the opportunity to help our customers have a pleasant experience with technology and ease their frustration when needed.”

Bobby Apodaca

Business Analysis & Planning

“I love working at IronOrbit because each day is unique & challenging. The technology’s fascinating and our team’s fantastic. It’s refreshing to be part of an evolving organization that enables and invests in its clients, employees, products, and services.”

The Values We Live By… We ASPIRE!

Accountable We Deliver, or We Adapt

We deliver on our promises – and in the occasional times that we fall short, we admit it, take responsibility, make it right, and take all the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again.

Synergetic Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts

Our differences, rather than hold us back, make us stronger and more versatile as a whole. We collaborate effectively across groups and departments, working as one to demolish our goals and deliver consistent and ever-improving value to our clients.

Proactive Seek-And-Act, Not Wait-And-See

We always try to anticipate and resolve potential problems before they can affect our clients. We practice this in every area of our business – from development and operations to support and billing.

Innovative Always Improving & Evolving

We're always looking for ways to serve our clients better, whether it's becoming more efficient or developing new products or features altogether.

Reliable Results You Can Depend On

If you're in need of service, we are never more than a phone call or email away. We're here to help 24/7/365.

Empowering Helping Others Reach Their Full Potential

We believe in helping others to reach their full potential, whether they’re colleagues or clients. We do this through advice, training, technologies, services, or through delegation of authority – no cookie-cutter solutions here.

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Backups & DR Update

CLOUD SERVICES

Backups & Disaster Recovery

Your Business Runs Without Interruption

Why Take Your Business to the Cloud?

How about accessibility from anywhere, on any device, with 100% guaranteed uptime?

Data Backup Services

Fully-customizable

File-level, physical server/bare metal, VM,

Choose your backup type (differential/full), # of offsite backups, # of file versions, and minimum data retention period.

All the backups your business needs

File-level, physical server/bare metal, VM, & SQL database backups.



3 Step Process for Unbeatable Continuity

Risk Analysis

& Review

The process begins with a comprehensive risk analysis that aims to identify all potential continuity risk factors. The analysis takes into account the organizational, managerial and technical environments in which the continuity plan will be implemented.

Business Impact

Analysis

Next, we identify the types of disasters most likely to occur and their potential impacts on your company’s ability to perform critical business processes.

Strategy & Implementation

Finally, we compile a list of protective measures to implement in anticipation of possible business interruptions.



Disaster Recovery Services

For when any amount of data loss is unacceptable

File-level, physical server/bare metal, VM.

As with a PoS or e-commerce system or ERP. VM DR Replication, SAN to SAN Replication, and SQL Replication.

Data is copied to an offsite location as soon as it's created

File-level, physical server/bare metal, VM.

Letting you restore your systems to the way they were the exact moment/second they went down.

Robust Security

Our data centers are protected with environmental, logical and operational security measures, including physical access controls, biometric scanning and around-the-clock surveillance. We comply with national, international and industry security standards, and leverage the latest security technologies to keep you safe.



Wonder What It’s Like to Work With IronOrbit? (Our Process)

Consulting

We listen to what our clients want to do with their IT systems, taking their organizational objectives and timetables into account.

Design

We formulate a solution that addresses our client’s concerns with their current IT environment but that also enables them to pursue their next-stage goals.

Implementation

We bring the required IT solutions online while being careful not to interrupt the client’s daily workflow.

Continuous, Caring Support

We pride ourselves on speedy response times and maintaining a high touch with our customers (24/7 US-based support).





Everything You Need With Predictable Pricing

& the All-in-One ICT Solution

For a Fixed-Monthly fee, IronOrbit provides a turnkey solution that leverages the power of the cloud for the assets that matter most.

Microsoft 365 support, 24/7 IT support, Cloud Workspaces for ALL of your users. Fast, secure, backed up and future-proof.

Your digital transformation.

  • Blazing-Fast, All-Flash/SSD Hosting; Launch In 1 Second
  • Email Encryption, 2FA & MDM Add-Ons Available
  • UNLIMITED CPU, RAM & Microsoft Software Upgrades
  • Avoid Data Loss And Downtime
  • 24/7/365 All-Inclusive Support (W/ Engineering)
  • Highly-Secure, HIPAA, PCI DSS, & SOC 2 Compliant
  • 99.999% Uptime Guarantee
  • Maintain Control & Visibility Over Your Backups & DR


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We Assist Your Business

CLIENT STORY

Cal Fasteners

“A lot of times I’ll be at home and think, ‘Man, I forgot to take care of this’. With IronOrbit I can walk into any room at home, open my laptop, and I’m suddenly at work. I can take care of whatever it is and not have to worry about it anymore. I can be anywhere in the world and be at my desk. I don’t have to back-up anything because it’s already backed up.”

Joe Truckey – Owner – Cal Fasteners

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CASE STUDY

Fratello Construction

When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012, thousands of businesses across the country were affected. Businesses up and down the Eastern seaboard with onsite infrastructures lost valuable data, files, and applications when floods destroyed not only their o­ffice, but all of the equipment within them.

Technology &

Cloud Innovations

Check out our blog for the latest in the cloud and

bleeding-edge technology and innovations.

Contact us to get started

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Application Hosting Update

CLOUD SERVICES

Application Hosting

Mission Critical Cloud Hosting for Applications

Why Take Your Applications to the Cloud?

How about accessibility from anywhere, on any device, with 100% guaranteed uptime?



Put Your Applications in the Cloud and Enjoy Superior Security, Support and Uptime

Rock-Solid

Security

IronOrbit leverages environmental, logical and operational security to ensure that your applications are always safe and protected. Never worry about data center issues, cyber-attacks, viruses, or security breaches.

Expert Support

24/7/365

With a US-based team of IT experts ready to serve you 24/7, you will get up and running in no time in the event of an issue.

99.999% Guaranteed Uptime

Forget about the hassle of installations, updates and maintenance. Our hosted applications live in IronOrbit data centers and are completely managed by us.



We Assist Your Business

CLIENT STORY

Cal Fasteners

“A lot of times I’ll be at home and think, ‘Man, I forgot to take care of this’. With IronOrbit I can walk into any room at home, open my laptop, and I’m suddenly at work. I can take care of whatever it is and not have to worry about it anymore. I can be anywhere in the world and be at my desk. I don’t have to back-up anything because it’s already backed up.”

Joe Truckey – Owner – Cal Fasteners

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Wonder What It’s Like to Work With IronOrbit? (Our Process)

Consulting

We listen to what our clients want to do with their IT systems, taking their organizational objectives and timetables into account.

Design

We formulate a solution that addresses our client’s concerns with their current IT environment but that also enables them to pursue their next-stage goals.

Implementation

We bring the required IT solutions online while being careful not to interrupt the client’s daily workflow.

Continuous, Caring Support

We pride ourselves on speedy response times and maintaining a high touch with our customers (24/7 US-based support).





Everything You Need for a Fixed-Monthly Fee

With the All-in-One ICT Solution

For a Fixed-Monthly fee, IronOrbit provides a turnkey solution that leverages the power of the cloud for the assets that matter most.

Microsoft 365 support, 24/7 IT support, Cloud Workspaces for ALL of your users. Fast, secure, backed up and future-proof.

Your digital transformation.

  • Blazing-Fast, All-Flash/SSD Hosting; Launch In 1 Second
  • Email Encryption, 2FA & MDM Add-Ons Available
  • UNLIMITED CPU, RAM & Microsoft Software Upgrades
  • Fully Managed Including Patches & Updates
  • 24/7/365 All-Inclusive Support (W/ Engineering)
  • Highly-Secure, HIPAA, PCI DSS, & SOC 2 Compliant
  • 99.999% Uptime Guarantee
  • 100% Compatible With Windows, Apple, Linux & Android


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Security

Our data centers are protected with environmental, logical and operational security measures, including physical access controls, biometric scanning and around-the-clock surveillance. We comply with national, international and industry security standards, and leverage the latest security technologies to keep you safe.

What Are IronOrbit

INFINITY Workspaces?

Now, more than ever, businesses need easily accessible and dynamic computing, communications, and collaboration capabilities. Put simply, IronOrbit INFINITY Workspaces (hosted desktops), are your computers in the cloud. And they are optimized for what businesses need to accomplish.

Your applications, your files, your operating system – even your personal desktop shortcuts and settings – it’s all there for you. INFINITY Workspaces are faster and more powerful than your laptop or desktop computers and can be accessed securely via any internet-connected device.

Your All-in-One ICT Solution.

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Technology &

Cloud Innovations

Check out our blog for the latest in the cloud and

bleeding-edge technology and innovations.

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Hidden Cloud Benefits
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Hidden Cloud Benefits -
What the Marketing Departments of Cloud Technology Companies
Forget to Tell You.

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Author: John McMahon

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Business leaders are often drawn into a whirlwind of advertisements claiming the technical capability and benefits that new cloud-based technologies offer. While claims about the revolutionary capacity of the cloud are true, sometimes the real-world business advantages get lost in the advertiser’s messaging. Cloud hosting companies get so excited about what their technology can do, they forget the positive impact that it can have at the user level.

Let’s face it – Technology doesn’t benefit you unless the cost/benefit analysis shows you that it’s worth the investment. The true ROI of IronOrbit’s cloud solutions has to do with information technology that advances key priorities such as the following:

 

Productivity

Here’s the question that you should be asking: “If we move our IT processes into the cloud, will it help our employees work more effectively and more efficiently?” Hosted desktop solutions, like IronOrbit’s INFINITY Workspaces, come into vivid focus when it comes to productivity.

The internal processes of many companies are hampered by outdated computers and servers that are too slow or underpowered for the workflow required by their organizational objectives. Moving employees onto GPU-accelerated, cloud-based desktops provides superior computing power and speed. In addition, users have the ability to securely access their work from anywhere on any internet-connected device.

Mobile Forces

 

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Wakefield Research shows that 69% of the employees regularly work remotely and 21% of them combine home and office environments. Reducing Complexity

Reducing Complexity

One of the strange laws of technology is: the more complex a system is to implement, the more it lowers the complexity of a company’s work processes. This is often due to the fact that systems that are tailored to specific workflows are more challenging to implement, and therefore more efficient.

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A company with an on-premise IT infrastructure must contend with the cost factors below that add up to the total cost of ownership (and associated IT management complexity) of their system.

  • Backups
  • Computing
  • Datacenter White Space
  • Hardware
  • Networking
  • Operation & Management
  • Software Licenses & Support
  • Storage
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Moving everything into the cloud eliminates the complexity of both the expenditures (moving to a flat-rate monthly payment) and IT management (85% of IT management is now done by the cloud provider in the data center environment). The final word on reducing complexity moves towards automation and integration. With IT assets in the cloud, integrations and process automation eliminate all the tedious manual processes.

 

Strengthening Security and Meeting Compliance Mandates

As you look across your industry, how many of your competitors can afford to hire a full team of cybersecurity professionals? Not many. The truth is that most companies are relying on their IT management team (either in-house or outsourced) to deal with IT security and compliance issues, such as SOC 2, HIPAA, PCI, FINRA, etc.

What’s wrong with that? Well, nothing – and everything.

While this was a good approach to securing IT assets ten years ago, the threats (and the stakes) to today’s IT environment are far too high for cybersecurity to be left to anyone but IT professionals that live in the cybersecurity space. This is where private cloud providers like IronOrbit shine. The primary mission of a data center is to protect your data in a way that is compliant with industry standards and legislative mandates; consequently, your cybersecurity is given the 24/7/365 attention that is required.

 

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Keeping Your Options Open

If recent events have taught business leaders anything, it’s that having choices available to us is a good thing. Unfortunately, investing in on-premise servers, networks, computers, etc. locks you into the life cycle and limited capabilities of those assets. In contrast, cloud assets have innate flexibility that allows you to adjust to market fluctuations, and act quickly when you see a time-sensitive business opportunity.

In our last article, "Benefits of the IronOrbit Cloud", we talked about Moore’s Law. In a nutshell, Gordon Moore, CEO of Intel in 1965, said that technology was expanding its capability every two years, resulting in exponential technological growth. However, in 2010 we experienced a slowdown in technology, and business owners had an easier time keeping up for a few years. But Moore’s Law is about to kick back into action again in an unprecedented way with the introduction of 5G networks. 5G is going to be able to handle 20 times what your current 4G connection can carry. For the businesses that are in the cloud and are ready to take advantage of this enormous power boost, it means open doors for opportunity. But for companies still tied to on-site infrastructures, it means watching their competitors advance, while they desperately try to play catch up. Although many business leaders are not talking about it yet, 5G fueled by the lessons of COVID-19 is going to be the gamechanger that sets the course for this decade and beyond.

 

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How the Cloud Makes Backups Easier

It’s important for businesses to back up their electronic data, especially any data that would be difficult or impossible to recreate from nothing.

The loss of important data can result in lost customers and sales, lost productivity, and financial penalties and other sanctions. Both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), for example, require businesses. This is to maintain certain records for a designated period of time.

In addition, maintaining accurate and comprehensive records usually makes it easier to prove your case to industry or government regulators. And also to resolve disputes (overbilling, contracts, services rendered, etc.) with customers and suppliers.

How to properly perform a cloud backup?

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You should back up all of your important data at least once, and you should store this backup data on a different drive or disk than the one you store the original on. You also shouldn’t store the drive or disk containing the backup data in the same place as where you store the drive or disk with the original data. Nor should there be an open network connection between the two drives.

By following these best practices, you’ll ensure that your original and backup data won’t be lost in the same localized incident—for example, a burglary, an electrical fire, a ransomware/cryptovirus infection, or a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, wildfire, tornado, or earthquake.

Unfortunately, following these data backups best practices on a company-wide level when your IT is mainly onsite can be difficult and costly.

Cloud backup or physical storage?

First, you either have to purchase backup storage drives or disks or sign up for a cloud-based data backup service.

Both data storage hardware and cloud-based data storage are pretty affordable these days (you can easily find 5 TB consumer-grade storage drives for $100 online, for example). But, these costs can quickly add up if your business has a lot of data or if you want to back up your files to more than one backup drive or disk.

Consider an enterprise cloud backup solution

Second, you may have to purchase an enterprise backup solution that will allow you to assemble and back up data from all of the devices in your company, including servers, PCs, tablets, and smartphones.

Monitoring is vital

Third, you will have to continually monitor and maintain all of your storage hardware and/or software, as well as monitor and review the backups themselves to ensure that they are being performed correctly.

It’s usually easier and more cost-efficient to back up all of your company’s data when your company has a primarily cloud-based IT system. This is first because some cloud providers will back up all of your cloud-based data for you for no additional cost. Secondly, even cloud providers that charge extra for backing up your data (or that include the cost of the backups in the bill for your hosted solution, for that matter) usually charge less than it would cost you to back up your data yourself.

Cloud providers are able to perform backups for less cost than most businesses mainly because they can purchase storage hardware and software and bandwidth at a discount. It’s possible through bulk/volume buying programs and by buying low-cost commodity hardware directly from manufacturers.

At the same time, cloud providers are able to afford to use more advanced data backup measures than most businesses, including data deduplication, in-transit, and at-rest encryption, RAID drives, frequent data integrity checks, and offsite data backups to more than one location.

In addition, for businesses that want to handle their own data backups, backing up cloud-based IT systems is easier than backing up onsite systems. Since cloud-based systems are centralized onto a small number of interconnected servers and are easier to integrate with a data backup solution since they’re software-defined assets.

Managed Cloud Services: Why Are They Essential To Business Growth?

Managed cloud services are instrumental in surviving and thriving in a digitally-enabled marketplace. Recent advances in technology have changed the way businesses serve customers.

The Internet era makes it possible to complete transactions at your fingertips. For your company to stay relevant, it’s either you adapt or perish. A classic case of digital Darwinism. Technological evolution becomes the name of the game.

One of the major advantages of managed cloud services is its capacity to keep data safe and secure. Although the transformation to the cloud requires an investment, the pros outweigh the cons. In fact, data security is only one of the many benefits of managed cloud services.

What You Might Not Have Known About Managed Cloud Services?

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  • It’s more secure and less hassle for you

You might think that a managed cloud is all about accessibility and storage. But, the best thing about a managed cloud services provider is that they also offer related services that are beneficial to your business.

Your data and other business assets are secure in a cloud environment. This means that you’ll no longer have to worry about updating your software on a regular basis. Your cloud service provider will take care of that.

Data backup is also a major concern for establishments. With a cloud-based managed services, backing up your data is automatic. As a business owner, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your data sits in a secure cloud environment.

  • It saves you time and money

The cloud managed services market also provides a cost-effective solution for small businesses.

Are you struggling with managing the IT aspect of your business? A cloud service provider will end the complex process. Hiring in-house experts to manage software security can be costly and time-consuming.

The fact that you save money in IT staff makes cloud services a smart solution.

  • It allows for digital collaboration

Cloud services promote collaboration in the workplace. You’ll have the ability to link your company data to the electronic devices of your employees.

Aside from linking your important files and documents, the cloud also syncs information. This means you don’t have to think about saving your documents. The system does it for you.

Each time you revise or change your documents, the cloud syncs them for you.  Cloud’s sharing capabilities are the stand-out developments in cloud technology. This is why many businesses are taking advantage of these perks.

Even if your employees are across the country, they don’t have to be present to attend meetings. Your staff can go over spreadsheets and make changes using of cloud-based applications.

Cloud managed services providers reduce paperwork and simplify business processes. If you have not tapped into cloud services, now is a perfect time.

Managed Cloud Services Are The Future Of Digital Transformation

Today’s digital landscape has changed for the better. And the best way to cope with these changes is to embrace the advancements of modern technology.

Technologies like artificial intelligence augmented reality, and blockchain relies on cloud-based technology. And there’s no doubt that managed cloud services market is the driver for going digital. 

Cloud was once perceived as a mere component of building the information superhighway.

But, due to the complexity of the IT environment, the cloud has become a multi-purpose solution for business growth.  

For managed cloud services to thrive, it has to depend on the expertise of support staff.

Managed Cloud Services Are Instrumental To Business Growth

If you are aiming for exponential growth, make it a priority to improve your processes. This will help serve clients better and using cloud can help you achieve this.

Cloud and managed services should act as your partner in digital transformation. It shouldn’t be just another item on your budget.

According to the most recent study conducted by IBM, 70% of businesses admitted that they were able to provide better service to clients and customers by opting for managed cloud services.

This is good news because it provides plenty of room for business growth. Managed cloud services let you simplify the processes of a traditional work environment. Technology has its own limitations, but it’s a critical component in your business.

Just when you have learned to adopt new technology, changes emerge to improve your business process. Managed services cloud computing addresses these rapid changes by giving you an ability to scale your workload.

As soon as the new technology becomes available, you can easily upgrade as needed. For start-up or small businesses, manage cloud providers can provide guidance and direction. This will help fledgling businesses meet their goals faster.

Choosing A Managed Cloud Services Provider

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When shopping for a managed cloud service, it’s essential to test each provider. Doing your due diligence will ensure that they meet your business needs.

Here are five steps to choosing the provider that’s right for you:

  • Know Your Requirements

Make a list of must-have services that a managed cloud service provider should offer. Because there are many services for you to explore depending on the goals you want to achieve.

It’s practical to choose a provider that can offer all services under one roof. Look for a provider that offers virtual servers, data centers, and private cloud.

  • Assess The Hardware Capability Of Your Service Provider

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for your company. Each company has unique needs based on your requirements.

This is why you have to determine the hardware capability of your service provider to find out if it works for you. Cloud service providers with strong reputations and wide approval are the best choice.

Furthermore, you will also need features like in-house IT services, 24/7 data management, and monitoring, reliable disaster back-up, recovery systems and more.

So, take time to ask the company about the features they offer, and if you have the option to customize them. Provide extensive details on your operations so you can get a reliable recommendation.

  • Check The Level Of Security

Don’t risk choosing a cloud service provider that lacks reliable security protocols. A weak prevent exposing sensitive data, applications, and other mission-critical resources to threats.

A good service provider should have strong security protocols to keep your data safe.

Hence, ask your cloud providers about their security protocols. This is how you’ll know if they can protect your data from human error, malicious attacks, and hardware failure.

  • Negotiate A Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Finally, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve signed up for the service you paid for.

Don’t forget to secure a contract for cloud-based managed services. This step is important to ensure that the work promised materializes.

With a contract-bound agreement, your service provider is more likely to maintain accountability. The services must include regular performance reporting, uptime and outages updates, and logging essential information like your bandwidth usage.

Therefore, an SLA is a critical way for you to assess the capability and reliability of your cloud service provider.

Managed cloud services can level up your business whiles simplifying laborious tasks.

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Decrease Downtime with the Cloud

One of the main benefits of cloud computing is that it’s more reliable than traditional in-house, onsite IT—reliable meaning that it is more consistently available and experiences less downtime and data loss. This is mainly because cloud providers can afford to implement more advanced reliability-assurance measures.

The main benefit of increased reliability, meanwhile, is that it helps you to prevent extremely expensive and disruptive downtime and data loss incidents.

Downtime is when an IT asset (such as a PC, storage drive, server, router, or application) or service (such as a cloud-hosted application) isn’t working correctly and cannot be accessed or used. Data loss, as you would expect, is when data is permanently lost, as when a storage drive that is not backed up fails or is infected with a cryptovirus.

Downtime and Data Loss Cost

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Downtime can result in lost productivity, lost sales, and lost customers. It can be especially expensive and disruptive if the asset or service is relied upon by many employees or customers, such as a CRM, PoS system, or e-commerce system.

Data loss can be expensive and disruptive, too, depending on what type of data is involved. Data that can be expensive to lose includes:

  • Internal documentation (training manuals, policies and procedures, etc.)
  • Sales and marketing documents
  • Financial records
  • Customer records
  • IT settings files
  • IT logs
  • Product designs/blueprints
  • Internally-developed code

Consequences of data loss include wasting all the time and effort that went into the creation of the data, investing more time and effort in recreating the data, productivity loss as a result of employees not having all of the data necessary to do their jobs, upset and/or lost customers due to the delays or inconveniences caused by the data loss, and lawsuits, fines, and/or criminal prosecution for the loss of sensitive data such as financial records, customers’ personal information, and healthcare patient records.

According to recent studies, downtime costs businesses an average of $7,900 per minute, or more than $450,000 per hour, and costs all businesses in North America $700 billion every year. Data loss, meanwhile, is estimated to cost US businesses $18.2 billion per year, and enterprises around the world $1.7 trillion per year.

How to Prevent Downtime

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There are two main ways to prevent downtime and data loss.

One is to purchase IT assets and services that have a reputation for being reliable. To find out if an IT asset or services is reliable or not, you can try asking around, searching the web, and/or thinking about which assets or services that you’ve found to be the most reliable in the past (perhaps you’ve purchased many Dell PCs and found them to be more reliable than other PC brands, for example).

You will want to do more to protect yourself from downtime and data loss than just purchasing reliable IT assets and services, however, since even the most reliable assets and services can fail sometimes or be affected by forces outside of their control (for example, even a perfectly-reliable Dell PC can be stolen, accidentally dropped, or destroyed in a flood or fire).

The other main way to prevent downtime and data loss is to make all of the important aspects of your IT redundant—ensuring that there is at least one extra unit of each important aspect of your IT than is necessary for your IT to function normally. Some examples of redundancies include:

  • Backing up your data
  • Purchasing spare hardware (including PCs, keyboards, mice, monitors, routers, switches, servers, and storage devices), and either keeping them close at hand so you can quickly replace failed hardware with them, or integrating them into a fault-tolerant architecture so that IT workloads are automatically transferred to them after the other hardware fails
  • Signing up for and maintaining Internet access with two or more Internet service providers (ISPs) at the same time
  • Signing up for electrical power from two or more different power companies at the same time
  • Purchasing, installing, and maintaining uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) and diesel backup generators

These redundancies ensure that even if an important component of your IT fails, you will be able quickly to replace it with an identical component, minimizing your downtime; or your IT will be able to switch over to the backup component immediately and automatically, which will prevent downtime altogether.

How the Cloud Decreases Downtime

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Now, as we mentioned at the top, the main reason that cloud computing is more reliable than in-house, onsite IT is that cloud providers can afford to implement more advanced reliability-assurance measures.

And the reasons that this is that case include:

  • That they can host the solutions of multiple customers on shared, singular units of hardware, with shared redundancies
  • That because IT hosting involves a lot of automation and doesn’t require a lot of direct human intervention, they can host, maintain, and support the IT solutions of hundreds or thousands of businesses with a relatively small staff
  • Because of their IT specialization and economies of scale
  • Because they can get discounts on hardware, software, bandwidth, and electrical power because they buy in bulk.

As a result, cloud providers can afford to purchase advanced, custom-built, highly-reliable IT hardware and software, and make all of the most important aspects of their IT at least N+1 redundant, while still providing hosted IT solutions at a lower cost than it would take businesses to install and maintain them onsite.

Why the Cloud Is More Secure than Onsite IT (and More Cost-Efficient, Too)

It’s generally more secure to host your IT assets in the cloud than installing or hosting them onsite.

This is mainly due to the fact that cloud hosting companies can afford to implement the most effective security measures and hire the most qualified IT security personnel.

Cloud providers have much larger IT budgets than the average business, and their operating costs are shared amongst their thousands or millions of customers.

These are the main advanced security measures that only cloud providers, for the most part, can afford to implement:

Custom-developed hosting platforms.

Cloud providers often develop and use their own ultra-secure or “hardened” hosting platforms (a process that can result in tens of thousands of dollars in software development costs), since many commercially-available server operating systems and hypervisors have known vulnerabilities and are well-known to hackers.

Well-protected datacenters

Most businesses won’t do much more to protect their onsite hosting hardware (servers, storage devices, networking equipment, etc.) than store it in a locked room or closet.

Cloud providers, on the other hand, protect their data centers from unauthorized access with measures such as 24x7x365 patrolling security guards, closed-circuit video surveillance systems, card readers or palm or fingerprint readers, and impenetrable steel doors.

Advanced network and system security

Cloud providers protect their networks and systems from unauthorized external access with measures that include:

  • Authentication systems
  • Firewalls
  • Network monitoring
  • DDoS mitigation software
  • Content filtering
  • Spam filtering
  • Antivirus
  • IDS/IPS
  • Patch management
  • And data encryption

While many individual businesses also protect their networks and systems with these types of measures, the ones that cloud providers use are usually more advanced, either because they’re the more expensive, top-tier versions of these products, or because they’ve been extensively customized or reprogrammed by the cloud provider in order to maximize security.

Extensive internal security controls

In addition to protecting themselves from external security threats, cloud providers also implement internal security controls.

This is mandatory to ensure that all of the correct security measures are implemented in the correct way; that security incidents such as malware infections are responded to correctly; and that all employees understand their IT security responsibilities.

These controls, in the form of security policies and procedures, are more comprehensive, more clearly defined, and more strictly enforced than those of the average business.

On-staff IT security specialists

Cloud providers can afford to hire $50,000+ per year IT security specialists. This includes chief security officers, security engineers, and information security analysts. These professionals have the knowledge and experience to be able to maximize the effectiveness of the cloud provider’s crucial systems. These include security measures, policies, and procedures.

It would cost a business at least several hundreds of thousands of dollars, and sometimes millions of dollars, to set up and maintain an IT security system that’s as advanced and comprehensive as that of a cloud provider.

But businesses that can’t afford to implement their own enterprise-level IT security system has an option. They can still afford to sign up for hosted solutions from a cloud provider.

They are sharing the costs of the cloud provider’s security measures with the provider’s thousands or millions of other clients. Which means they only have to pay a small percentage of the cloud hosting company’s total security costs.