Defining Your Cloud

How Can “As a Service” Benefit Your Organization? 

You can rarely go anywhere without the discussion being related to the Cloud. Every technical business conference, web site or white paper reports that the Cloud is the way of the future. But, matching these services to an individual organization as well as monitoring the evolution can be a challenge. Many like to have these services in house where they can touch them, but, there are many valuable solutions to consider.

Managed Security –
 The exposure of your vital intellectual property and customer information can be the death of an organization. Just the publicity alone can cause your customers to go elsewhere. A hacker is no longer someone sitting in their basement trying to reek havoc, but a sophisticated core of professionals that can work for a week or even years to infiltrate your organization. Or, denial of service attacks can shut down your complete Internet presence.

Hosted Voice – As voice services continue to evolve to IP and SIP, the ability to offload your telephone system services has become increasingly advantageous. Not only can it be cost effective, but reliability, redundancy and maintenance all come into play.

Data Services – Many organizations are turning to data center services to help support their invaluable applications. Whether looking for a reliable landing spot for their own services or leasing space for primary and/or secondary storage, these services can provide that extra level of support that is needed.

Hosted Applications – Third party applications are turning up everywhere. Office 365, hosted Exchange, ERP, etc., are providing alternatives to traditional internally supported services.

Rarely are organizations just shifting all of there internal support to external resources, but most are at least considering these solutions in one manner or another. The ability to refocus internal resources to those areas that can help drive their business are becoming increasingly effective. Of course, these solutions do not come without a cost, but many are finding that, when measuring all the support, maintenance, CAPEX and OPEX expenses related to these applications, a case can be made to at least look at this shift of philosophy. But, the Cloud needs to be defined as it directly relates to the short and long term requirements of your organization.