“The Cloud” has been a term used to convey a number of concepts, from this mystical place where data resides to a web site where you can watch recorded television programs.
BizCompass has been demystifying the Cloud for Small to Medium Businesses in Maine and northern New England. By sitting down with clients and explaining the benefits of hosted and private Cloud computing solutions, we are able to take away some of the mystery and explore some of the many options businesses have in terms of computing solutions.
By leveraging our advanced knowledge in virtualization, hosted applications, and distributed computing, our customers enjoy several benefits over a traditional computing model.
Cloud computing allows a business to:
- Gain high-performance computing at a fixed monthly price with a small up-front investment. This is a great alternative to the traditional model of spending large sums up-front for new hardware and then a monthly fee to manage the systems, only to be told you have to do it all over again in three to four years.
- React to change faster. Fluctuations in business means the number of computing resources a business needs may change on a month to month basis. With many of our Cloud solutions clients only pay based on a fixed price per active user. In industries where seasonal business dictates the number of resources needed, our clients can pay for only the licenses and systems they need, and only when they need them.
- Always up-to-date. With our Cloud services and remote connectivity, you are always using the latest software version such as Small Business Server 2011, Exchange 2010, and Office 2010. Where the traditional model of computing requires you to purchase “assurance” for this capability, we include this in our monthly fixed price.
- Connectivity from anywhere. With our hosted Cloud solutions mobile users, key staff, and anyone else requiring access from outside the office can work just like they are inside the office – all in a secure and reliable manner. Hosted Cloud applications run like they are on your computer, even if the software is not installed, yet actually run in our Cloud, using our resources and networks.
If you are confused about what the Cloud is and how your business can benefit from it, contact us to schedule a no hassles, no commitments call with our Cloud specialists. We can help clear the smoke and steer you in the right direction.