Is Your Business Forecast Cloudy?
The cloud services everyone, everywhere. Statistics prove that companies are making the big leap into the clouds. (Except for Felix Baumgartner who made his leap OUT of the clouds recently, breaking the sound barrier as he descended from 128,000 feet high above the earth! It took him 5 years to accomplish this feat!)
Forbes magazine recently stated that "Companies are investing heavily in cloud computing, a new survey of 1,650 IT and business executives shows. On average, they report, more than a third, 34%, of their current IT budgets are now allocated to cloud computing solutions."
Courtesy of Cloud Tweaks: The Lighter Side of Cloud (image)
The Right Cloud Solution for Your Business
But what is the right cloud solution for your business? Is your business even "cloud ready" to make the switch? Where do you start? If you are hesitant, you're not alone. Cloud technology has advanced so quickly, it's hard to determine the correct solution on your own.
The right solution depends on your business, your data, number of locations, mobility of employees and more. In determining customer needs, we first conduct a thorough intelligent analysis reviewing the facts. We look at:
- Current applications
- How you use your data
- Delay in accessing your files (150 milliseconds can seem like an eternity when you are entering data)
- Security and confidentiality of your information
- Are there any special industry requirements?
- Where is your business going?
We look at all these factors to determine solutions for your business today. We also explore where you are headed so that today's solutions don't create stumbling blocks for future applications.
Once we've analyzed your business, we determine the appropriate cloud path. We call on our reliable national or local partners where it makes sense and decide if private cloud or public cloud is the answer. One solution might be Virtual Desktop Integration (VDI).
VDI provides flexibility for employees who telecommute or travel, and is ideal for automatic disaster recovery. With VDI, you can be using a very low-cost computer (sometimes called a "thin client") to do your work. But you work from a centralized desktop in the cloud that you access from anywhere. You can be typing mid-sentence in a document, shut down and go home (or on a trip) and then pick right back up where you left off on a different machine. Best of all, you don't need to buy any local server at all.
If you add a hosted phone service to the mix, NOW you're cooking with gas!
Maybe a hybrid solution best fits your needs. If your company employs 40 - 50 people, you might perform best with a server in the sky and still have local intelligence on site. Your IT staff is then free of maintaining the server with costly and time consuming upgrades, patches and backups and can instead, focus on training staff, upgrading software, and tend to other critical employee technical needs.
Cloud Service solutions provide many benefits to mid sized business such as:
- Cost effectiveness
- Flexibility no matter where you work
- Reliability to retrieve files and data from anywhere
- 24/7 availability with the ubiquity of the Internet
- Disaster recovery systems
Cloud Magazine recently published an article titled, Top Nine Reason Mid Sized Companies Choose Cloud. The number one reason was to defer or avoid expansion of datacenter facilities followed by strengthen business continuity and earn a high return on investment. Click hereto read the entire article.
Don't know what cloud solutions might be right for your business? Take us up on our offer. Call LeBlanc Communications at 203-493-0267 to provide a FREE 2 hour high level review and write up of your business to determine if cloud computing is right for you. There is no cost or obligation.
Why not investigate to see what your future holds? We've got one up on Felix and promise it will take a lot less than 5 years to get you up in the cloud.
We are always looking for a better way to Give Your Network a Voice!®.
Michael LeBlanc, Founder and CEO
LeBlanc Communications Group, Inc.