How Can SMBs Benefit from Cloud Computing?

Chris McBride, Senior Network Engineer

Small Businesses are faced with many challenges in today’s Information Age. The constant push to be more efficient and reduce costs creates friction when combined with the need to constantly upgrade technology and maintain operations at the level required. American SMBs are looking to “the cloud” to help solve this problem. The ability to offload the infrastructure cost to provide IT services, as well as provide a more stable platform for those services is very attractive.

Development and internet service. Human resource and self employmentMany Internet based cloud service providers exist, but most do not provide guidance or assistance in helping to figure out how to effectively integrate their product offering into what the SMB actually needs. Additionally the process of migrating from a standard “server in a closet” to a cloud based IT infrastructure is not always straightforward.

The best way to address this issue is for small businesses to look for a partner to work with to help them transition into a cloud based IT infrastructure. This partner will work with the SMB to evaluate the existing infrastructure, current requirements, and future needs. Then they’ll help the SMB build a plan to transition their IT services and data into the cloud, but maintain full functionality for their employees, as well as add enhanced functionality they may not have with their old solution. Attempting to proceed to migrate IT Infrastructure into the cloud without a partner who is fully versed and capable in the aforementioned aspects can result in a situation where the SMB endures extra costs due to downtime, performance issues, and a negative experience. Continue reading

Four Ways Cloud Can Enhance Your DR Plans

By Chris McBride, Senior Network Engineer

You’ve probably already heard that 70 percent of small companies that experience major data loss go out of business within a year¹.  And maybe you’ve also heard that 77 percent of companies that test their tape backups found backup failures², or that 50 percent of tape backups fail to restore³. So you probably already know that yes, disaster recovery is really important, and that just making backup tapes is unlikely to be enough to save your business’ bacon if there’s a fire in the data center or a hurricane in the area. Continue reading