The Power of Cloud Services for SMB
By CMD Technology Group
4 min read
What Exactly Are Cloud Services?
Cloud services are on-demand solutions available to users through the internet from a Cloud provider. For example, Office 365 provides an e-mail solution, and more. Microsoft users can access anywhere they have internet access from almost any device. I can even get to Office 365 from a particular gaming console. In the early days of cloud computing, ‘Cloud’ referred to services that came through the internet from a third-party. However, today we also have private in-house clouds.
Should You Be Looking Into Them?
Yes! Every year, IT has a buzz-word that rises to the top of the list. In the ancient past of a few years ago, ‘client/server computing’ was the major buzz-word. More recently, ‘virtualization.’ Though virtualization is still a major buzz-word today, ‘Cloud Computing’ is now on the top of the list. There is a reason these buzz-words rise to the top of the list; they are a growing, viable trend for IT solutions. Cloud may not be for everyone, but there is not a single administrator who should not be looking to see how cloud services can help their organization. Funny, I said the same thing about virtualization not too long ago.
Reasons to Look Into Cloud Services
Most SMB do not have a large IT staff with a wide variety of technology skillsets. They usually have one or two people who have to be a jack-of-all-trades. I have seen places where this person is the head of accounting. They have a CPA, rather than formal training in IT. With cloud solutions, the need for in-house expertise on a product is practically eliminated. The burden on the ‘IT’ people is lifted, and day-to-day IT tasks are reduced.
Here are a few examples of cloud offerings and an idea of what they give you (some offerings provide more based on the subscription level):
There are many more cloud offerings than these, and it is most definitely worth looking at cloud services whether you are a small or large company. But, should you go all-in on cloud services or is a hybrid approach more beneficial? Which cloud services offer the best innovation for your organization? What questions should your team be asking for long-term implementation? These are some of the questions we help our customers answer every day, as we develop sound strategies with our expertise to help them reach their goals. We invite you to reach out to us for a no pressure, relaxed consultation. We are happy to answer your biggest questions!
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