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Cloud vs Server: Ultimate IT Showdown

Cloud: Flexibility and Control!

You’ve most likely heard about all things cloud. But one of the biggest IT buzzwords also happens to be a relevant strategy for many IT departments. Hosting computing resources off-premises (i.e., in a provider’s data center) has gained a lot of attention recently. Many IT departments still debate over whether they want to adopt cloud computing technologies or stick  with a more traditional on-premises server.

There’s definitely a large amount of momentum behind the cloud: close to 93 percent of organizations use some form of cloud services, according to numbers from Spiceworks. So, what are the top pros of cloud and on-premises to keep in mind?

Ongoing support is simple and easy.

Forget worrying about replacing failing hard drives or patching firmware, and forget tedious system maintenance tasks! Switching to a cloud service can stretch as much or as little as you need it to. Even if you just need a website for a few months or years, you can easily and efficiently set up the cloud and shut it down whenever you please, without having to buy any hardware.

Cloud setup is quick.

Getting started with the cloud can be as simple as filling out an online survey and clicking “send.” Compare that to procuring hardware and project managing and installing!

Cloud is scalable.

With the cloud, you pay-as-you-go and scaling up takes place behind the curtains. Although scaling typically takes time and requires deploying new servers, with the cloud, it’s quick and easy!

Someone else maintains public cloud infrastructure.

With a public cloud, there’s ZERO hardware for you to maintain. The cloud service provider (not you) is the one doing all the work, replacing old machines, and ensuring security is always up-to-date.

Although servers are the default setting for on-premises IT companies, the cloud has its perks. Some companies choose the server over the cloud because they don’t like the idea of their data residing on someone else’s server, potentially in a different state or country. However with the cloud, you can get started right away free of charge and free of installing any hardware. Though it’s always important to be aware of your liabilities before diving into anything.

Ultimately, the choice between the cloud or on-premises work depends on the needs and wants of your organization. Many companies choose to do a little of both. You can get the best of both worlds by mixing the cloud and the server… the choice is yours!

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Cloud Computing, A Simple Approach

Cloud computing is a topic that, often times, many people find confusing. However, it isn’t as complex as it may sound. In fact, most people who claim to not understand cloud computing are part of the majority that use it daily.

Cloud computing is the phrase used to describe different scenarios in which computing research is delivered as a service over a network connection (i.e.: the internet). When you update your Facebook status, you’re using cloud computing. Checking the balance on your phone? You’re using cloud computing again. In short, think: “utility computing.”

Users are able to utilize a supply of computer research without having to actually manage the equipment needed to generate it themselves, which ultimately saves businesses valuable time and money.

Cloud computing is quickly becoming the new normal, with the majority of businesses out there using at least one cloud service in their daily operations. Below is a list of some of the key takeaways in relation to cloud computing:

Adaptability

The first key characteristic of cloud computing is the adaptability that it offers. Cloud computing is ideal for businesses with growing demands because it allows you to quickly adapt to changes without your business skipping a beat. The flexibility of cloud computing is a real advantage over competitors — it’s no shock that IT Directors and CIOs are ranking high as a top user for cloud adoption.

Recovery

Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust recovery. According to Aberdeen Group, small businesses are twice as likely as larger companies to have utilized cloud-based recovery solutions. Cloud computing saves time and money by preventing data loss in the first place and avoiding large upfront investments.

Software Updates

One of the top advantages of cloud computing is that the software is out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and complete daily software updates — so that you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. This leaves you free to grow your business and focus on important business operations.

Increased Collaboration

When your teams can access and control documents anywhere and at anytime, they’re able to collaborate more effectively together and produce stronger results. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps helps your employees stay on task, make updates in real-time and allows them full visibility of their tasks.

Security

Do you know what’s worse than a lost laptop? A lost laptop that holds an expensive piece of kit full of sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you security when this happens. Because your information is stored in the cloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your machine. You can also remotely erase data from lost laptops so that it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

Competitiveness

How do you make your business more competitive? Moving to the cloud grants access to enterprise-type technology, for all. It helps smaller businesses act on par and, in some cases, faster than large, established competitors.

Not moved to the cloud yet? Beanstalk Computing can help.

If you feel ready to take the next step towards migrating to cloud computing or if you have any additional questions you’d like answered, Beanstalk Computing is here to provide guidance, advice and help to all business owners.

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Beanstalk Computing Achieves Silver Competancy Status for Microsoft Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions

microsoft cloud silver partnerWe are proud to announce that Beanstalk Computing has been given the silver level competency status in the “Microsoft Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions” partners program. This program and award is designed to recognize a business’ competency in cloud computing, Microsoft’s cloud services and Microsoft Office 365.

Phil Sorgen, the corporate vice president for Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp explains, “by achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5% of Microsoft partners worldwide.”

He goes on to say, “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

Here at Beanstalk Computing we are incredibly proud of this new partnership status as it shows our successful commitment to the best possible service in the deployment of IT cloud solutions and Microsoft products.

However, this partnership is more than just an award from Microsoft. The Microsoft Partner Silver Competency offers us new benefits, and these benefits will allow us to do an even better job of helping you focus on the business side of your company, rather than the technology. And, with the constantly evolving world of IT and cloud computing, this partnership demonstrates Microsoft’s confidence in our ability to handle the challenge.

If you’d like to hear more about how our Microsoft Partnership can benefit your business, or if you’d simply just like to talk more about cloud computing solutions, please do not hesitate give us a call at 800-813-0926.

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Why Should Your Business Switch to Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing For Business

Like many business owners, you have probably heard a lot of buzz surrounding cloud computing in recent years. But is your business missing out by not taking full advantage of the benefits behind this new technology? Below we go through some of the many benefits behind utilizing cloud computing technology and why it is important for your business to make the switch.

Flexibility

In business, system flexibility is a difficult element to place monetary value on. As such, it is often overlooked and undervalued by most organizations. However, if your business operations are unable to adapt and adjust to changes within and outside of your business, your overall efficiency will suffer.

Cloud computing is by far the most flexible and versatile option for your business, allowing you to respond to business changes the very moment that they occur. Cloud environments facilitate adaptability in what are, often times, volatile markets.

Security

The influx of business related technology has, for obvious reason, warranted the need for added security for business owners. Let’s face it, the more employees you bring in or third-parties you work with, the greater the likelihood that your network security will be put at risk.

Somewhere along the lines, the misconception grew that cloud computing was not as safe as more traditional networks. However contrary to popular belief, cloud computing has great security due to the elevated standards for security placed on cloud computing companies in which they are legally required to comply with.

And with the proliferation of business data becoming commonplace, keeping your information safe and secure is of the utmost importance. If cloud computing can, at the very least keep your data safer, then it is well worth the investment.

Speed

Most modern businesses depend on a large foundation of software to allow your company to perform what it normally would be unable to accomplish. And, with software, comes updates. With cloud computing, these updates will take place automatically, saving your business precious time that would otherwise be wasted to due to the slow integration of updates throughout your business.

In addition to faster updates, cloud computing also has a positive effect on deployment making it quicker and more flexible than ever before. The quicker a deployment can be integrated, the less downtime your business will experience and thus the quicker you can then benefit from the changes.

Affordability

Due to the subscription model that many cloud computing companies offer, many of your organizational needs can be achieved at a far lower price point than buying something in it’s entirety up-front. This eliminates a lot of the risk involved in adopting a cloud computing network as well because it allows you to cancel at anytime if the investment isn’t paying off for your business. Likewise, receiving services virtually is far more convenient than the traditional ways of running a network which both you and your customers will appreciate.

Collaboration

Collaboration has become a key component to modern businesses, with it becoming more and more commonplace to see workforces spread out across the country or even the globe. Without cloud computing, this can be nearly impossible to accomplish effectively.

When you begin to leverage enterprise mobility, collaboration between workers and departments will happen quickly and easily for your business. Cloud computing allows for one centralized location for all of your business operations, documents and data so anyone within your company can access and collaborate any time it is necessary.

For more information on Cloud Computing and how it can help your business, contact Beanstalk Computing at 800-813-0926.

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