WHAT ARE CLOUD SERVICES?
Cloud services offer more benefits than just increased accessibility. It gives your business a greater ability to expand and grow. With cloud services, you aren’t limited by physical space. Migrating content to offsite servers frees up space not only from physical files, but also from on-site servers. Our technicians will work with you to determine the best way to utilize cloud services, while still safeguarding your business-critical and personal client information.
One of the most visible benefits for migrating your business to the cloud is that it gives to your employees and your clients more flexibility to their jobs in a way that works best for them, all while still maintaining control over your data. It allows your sales team to work while on the road or cold walking. It’s a safety net if a tornado or flood were to take out your business. Cloud services gives your employees the freedom to work where and when they want, while still making sure your information stays secure.
Some businesses are hesitant to adopt cloud in their businesses for fear of security breaches. However, this fear stems from a feeling than actual fact. Cloud is not necessarily less secure than on-premise servers just because you control your servers. Actually, if you host all of your information in-house, you are more susceptible to brute force attacks because it’s easier to access those servers than those owned by a cloud service provider. Most cloud service providers that build cloud-based platforms for businesses are focused primarily on security, as opposed to those who build platforms that exist inside a firewall. When it comes to security, the important thing to keep in mind is that how you build your security protocols is more important than where you build it.
For businesses on the growth track, the scalability benefit inherent in cloud computing is the biggest draw towards cloud services. It allows them to pay for their exact needs and nothing else. Where before, executives and owners were having to pay up front for “just in case” server space or other hardware, now they can purchase what they need, when they need it and do it all again as they continue to grow. In addition to server space, cloud computing lets businesses easily upgrade or update servers and then just as quickly revert that server back to its original settings if the result wasn’t what was needed.
Server migration is the process of moving data from one server to another – either within the same building or on the other side of the country. It’s done when executives want to move data to a server that will allow it to load faster, when a company is changing hosts or when an owner or CEO wants to move to more secure servers. Before any migration takes place, though, there must be a plan to make sure it all happens quickly, accurately and securely. The Centric technicians can not only facilitate this migration, but also help you plan for it, too.
Virtualization is the act of creating virtual versions of something. When most people think of virtualization, they think of server virtualization – the basis of cloud computing. But there are actually six different forms of virtualization that businesses can implement: network virtualization, storage virtualization, server virtualization, data virtualization, desktop virtualization and application virtualization. Each form has its own purposes, and at Centric we can help you determine which forms of virtualization make the most sense for your business.
STORAGE AND BACKUP
The cloud is most often viewed as a place to store data. While it’s actually so much more than that, it does still serve this basic function. One of the most valuable benefits of cloud storage, especially when it comes to data backups, is that it gives you the ability to restore old versions of your data, or continue access to your data in times of crisis.
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