As a small or mid-sized business, you don’t have the capital necessary to invest in costly software and hardware upgrades, but you need to use quality technology for your business to continue growing. As a large corporation, you have multiple offices and need to centralize your data, hardware, and applications to one secure, off-site location.
Whatever the size of your business, whatever your industry, a cloud solution in some form is likely in your future.
A cloud network looks different for different businesses.
Third-party Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions allow you to lease software and access it via the internet. Third-party public cloud offerings also include data storage, e-mail hosting, and back-up. Another option for cloud computing is to use a private data-center. AIE’s private data center maximizes security and regulatory compliance, with options for virtualized applications, servers, and workstations. We also offer migration services and support for third-party private cloud options.
Cloud networks offer several advantages in the business environment.
- Affordable. Public cloud solutions remove the need for significant up-front cost. Because the solution or software is leased from the provider, you pay a monthly fee that encompasses licensing, software, full upgrades and updates, and storage of associated data. Private cloud solutions, while more expensive, still reduce costs by allowing you to centralize your network and consolidate your hardware, and enabling you to open remote offices at a fraction of the cost.
- Flexible. Your cloud computing options are endless. Public, private, and hybrid solutions all give you the option to customize your network and access your data and applications from anywhere. Additionally, with hybrid cloud computing, you can choose to migrate just a portion of your IT infrastructure to the cloud. Do you already have investments in hardware or software, but want to take advantage of what the cloud has to offer? Consider just using the cloud for a critical business application, or for your e-mail, backups and data archiving.
- Dependable. Cloud networking is significantly more dependable than on-site. Public cloud options such as SaaS are hosted on hardware that is far more powerful and secure than the servers your business can afford. Private cloud solutions typically involve high quality backup and security measures, keeping the data in a safe place rather than on individual servers or PCs. Hybrid solutions give you the option to capitalize on the dependability of the cloud without losing the investments you’ve already made in IT infrastructure.