Cloud Services are a great way for businesses to save money on hardware, storage and software applications and provide the ability to work anywhere, anytime across a variety of Internet-connected devices.
Added Cloud Services benefits include improved collaboration as users access, work on and save files to the Cloud, as well as increased security for data backed up offsite.
Increased business productivity and efficiency is realized as Cloud platforms and applications are regularly updated with the newest features and security improvements, benefiting all users at once.
Cloud Services allow your technology to evolve to keep pace with your business needs, and provide several ways to leverage the promise of the Cloud.
We’ll help you choose the best option for your business needs from a Private Cloud, a Public Cloud or a Hybrid Cloud solution, where you keep some business assets and functions on premise and some in the Cloud.
Ultimately, Cloud Services provide you with new options that support your business growth in a controllable, scalable and cost-friendly way, with a pay-as-you-go fee structure for only the services you consume.
Cloud Services enable convenient, on-demand network access to online computing resources such as networks, servers, storage, applications, and services that can be rapidly provisioned and utilized.
These services are typically device- and platform-independent, allowing them to be accessed from any Internet-connected device through a web browser or downloadable application. These entry points allow complete interactivity, within Cloud applications by users, including accessing, uploading and downloading documents and data, creating and sharing files and other normal business functions.
Cloud Services allow integration and single sign-on functionality between different applications which can share data and business intelligence between them, ushering in a new level of business efficiency and productivity.
Cloud Services reduce capital expenses by eliminating the necessity to purchase computing infrastructure for these services and pay for updates and upgrades
Increased business productivity and efficiency is realized by allowing business functions to continue regardless of location or device, so long as Internet connectivity is available
Ongoing maintenance, patching, updating and support costs for Cloud Services are borne by the upstream Cloud vendor, reducing the need for internal or 3rd party IT support for these services
Cloud Services fuel collaboration among teams as files, documents and data are available from anywhere, and data security is enhanced as it is encrypted and backed up to the Cloud
Depending upon the right Cloud Services for your organization, implementation, testing and go-live timelines will vary based upon several factors including the type of Cloud architecture needed (private, public or hybrid), and the Cloud Services required (software as a service, infrastructure as a service or platform as a service).
Additional considerations include the level of security required, the number of users participating in the Cloud Services and their roles and permissions, the devices that will be used to access the services, and the appropriate data backup strategy.
A Discovery meeting will be conducted to understand your business needs in order to prepare a requirements document. This phase should take no longer than a week to schedule and complete.
Following the Business Needs Analysis, we will conduct onsite technology and security assessments to allow us to document the existing computing infrastructure and security posture. Depending on the size and complexity of your infrastructure, this could take as little as a few days to a few weeks.
Using the information gathered during the Business Needs Analysis, Technology and Security Assessments, we will architect the appropriate Cloud Services Solutions to meet your requirements and design a Project Plan. This phase should take no longer than a few weeks to complete.
When the Cloud Services Project Plan has been approved, scheduling of the implementation can begin.
After initial testing and QA is complete, your staff is trained on how to use your new Cloud Services.
Once training is complete, a Go Live date can be established. Depending on the complexity of the project and other factors this phase could take a few weeks to a few months.