What Is The Cloud?
The cloud refers to servers hosted in data centres, it can mean a lot of things, from the customer grade services such as dropbox, to fully hosted infrastructure. Cloud computing enables individuals and companies to access their servers from any device, in turn, making them more resistant, flexible. It allows companies to opt into a monthly subscription instead of worrying about a huge payment after 3-5 years.
We focus on enterprise cloud products such as Citrix, this provides secure access to virtual desktops. You can sign into your virtual computer from anywhere in the world, and it will be the same experience as it would be from the office, in fact – Did you leave that word document open? Well, guess what, you can continue working from where you left off, at home.
Our Business Should Move To The Cloud, But I’m Worried It Will Cost Too Muchâ€¦
Historical capital expenditure investment in equipment has made computer power, storage, and scalability were very hard to manage. The disparate resource of PC hard drives, RAM, and processor power have meant that many organisations have had far more resources than they could effectively use, and manage. This can cause silos within the organisation when it comes to the management of programs and IT skills, as well as a nonuniform experience across the organisation, simple things like moving seats can be a nightmare.
Deployment of a managed desktop delivers exactly what is necessary to provide all users with sufficient computer power – paid for per user, per month. This shift to operational expenditure based costing for IT allows for instant elasticity, long term scalability and easily fixed cost growth for the business.
We Want To Switch To The Cloud, But We’re Worried It Will Be Hard To Useâ€¦
Cloud-managed desktops, provide the same experience as the computer on your desk but with centralised management and storage, allowing an in-office experience from anywhere, need to open huge documents stored on the corporate network? With a cloud desktop, you are always in the corporate network, the speed of your home internet has no effect in this operation as your desktop is part of the same centralised server, just like everybody else in your organization.
The standout feature of a cloud-managed desktop is that everyone in the organisation has the same experience, the same setup – So one problem from one person can be fixed so it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
I Want To Move Our Business To The Cloud, But I’m Worried We Won’t Be Able To Change Our Setup?
The beauty of working via the cloud is that scalability and the number of people you can have in your organisation is unlimited! Software like Microsoft Teams is a great example of how you can expand your organisation for a fixed per-user cost. If you’d prefer, you can set up your employees on more than one device, so they can access files from their mobiles or tablets at home, any time.
A fully managed cloud desktop means that expanding your setup is an easy process. Employee onboarding will be the same procedure every time, as your server is unique to your company. There is no need to worry about having to reinstall and update programs as that will be taken care of by your cloud provider.
But I’m Worried We Might Lose All Our Important Files And Resourcesâ€¦
To put it bluntly, you’re safer on the cloud. In some aspects, you are more protected when using your physical infrastructure to protect your important data and files – But no physical storage solution can back itself up in the event of a robbery, a fire, or a natural disaster. Although these events are rare, any business is subject to having their files stolen or lost, that is why a cloud solution is a better alternative for your business.
Cloud storage is automatically backed up (on the daily), to ensure all of your data, files, and applications are kept up to date. Cloud storage acts almost like an automatic shield, you can rest assured that your important files aren’t going anywhere – If something like a DDoS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attack was to happen at one location that was managing your cloud storage, your cloud provider can backup your data and relocate it to another data centre, hundreds of miles away.
Your files don’t disappear, but the data centre where they are being secured can change every day, this is just so you are given multiple restore points without having to stress to your employees about the importance of backing up their PCs, laptops and hard drives to keep up to date. Your cloud provider will manage this for you, don’t worry!
We Want To Switch To The Cloud, But We Hate Changeâ€¦
If you hate the idea of change, let us fill you in on something – While you use the internet to check your emails and surf through your custom-built website to check your stats, you’ve already made changes right there! When you first set up your business, you won’t have had a website, the change was made when you got your domain, you made changes when you hired a company or dedicated service online to set up your website. We’re trying to say that your use of the cloud is basically halfway there, as you already use all of these internet-based tools that are cloud services.
Making the switch from on-premise to cloud is more like unifying all of your storage, client data, contacts, and servers into one package – Where you can guarantee it is safe, secure, and accessible for everyone in your organisation. You’ll have ongoing support from your cloud provider, whether it is fixing a bug on your 365 portal, or some ongoing IT problem that you’re unsure of who to go to for help.
We Want To Move To The Cloud But We Don’t Know Who To Ask?
If you’re unsure – You can be rest assured that here at Cloud Shepherd, we offer bespoke quality cloud applications and solutions for your business. If you’re unsure what you would require, here are a few of the solutions we offer:
- Cloud desktop – So you can work from anywhere with the fastest internet speeds, enterprise-level security, and regular backups
- Voice over the cloud – VoIP PBX, make and receive calls through your desk phone, through a headset, or even from a mobile app, making things work for any situation.
- Cloud Office – Utilise market-leading systems to help transform your business and tackle challenges you never thought you could do on your own.
- – Cloud Migration – If you’re not sure where to start, we offer the full package, from planning your costs, setup, and solution, to implementing all of the necessary resources and equipment, we can assure you we’ll be there every step of the way.
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