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Roadmap for moving to cloud computing

A cloud roadmap for your business

Companies that plan on thriving in the next 10 to 15 years are beginning to realize how important moving to a cloud-based infrastructure is. 70 percent of enterprises and organizations are moving businesses critical files and applications to the cloud according to a survey by Cloud Security Alliance.

Cloud based services give businesses the necessary tools to grow and remain competitive in an increasingly technological era. It facilitates collaboration, saves money and offers a multitude of security benefits.

Like those 70 percent you may feel like moving to the cloud is the logical next step for your business, but knowing how to get started can be onerous.

When moving to the cloud, companies usually do the following three things:

  1. Move files to the cloud.
  2. Move applications to the cloud
  3. Move desktops to the cloud

These steps are the natural progression of a business’s transition to a cloud-based infrastructure and are relatively simple. They’re cloud computing basics.

Step 1: Moving files to the cloud

Dropbox, Google drive and Microsoft OneDrive are all versions of file sharing services that operate through the cloud. They are a company’s first exposure to the cloud.

That’s because you can resolve many sharing, security and storage problems, allowing for exponential growth in levels of efficiency and productivity with little to no cost.

When you get a file storage system in place, the exchange of information between your business and your team will take some adjustments by staff. But once everyone gets the hang of working on the cloud, it will enable collaboration in ways unavailable to companies previously.

Make sure your team is aware of the fact that sharing insecure documents can be avoided. Encrypting files is a simple and easy process which can prevent issues later on.

Step 2: Moving applications to the cloud

Once you and your team have accustomed themselves to working on the cloud, the next step would be to transition your applications there as well. This means everything from industry specific applications to more common ones like Microsoft Excel and Word processor.

On the cloud, apps can be accessed by everyone within the company, from any device. Time and resources aren’t spent purchasing individual licensing for specific devices, deploying, patching, updating etc. 

When transferring everything with the cloud, you’ll have the equally beneficial opportunity to do some IT auditing and management. Get rid of the software that you no longer use and make sure your team all get access to the apps they need.

Step 3: Moving your desktops to the cloud

It’s possible to move your desktop computers to the cloud, they’re called virtual desktops or hosted desktops. This is the final step in moving entirely to the cloud.

A cloud desktop is everything that loads up when you turn on a PC: the files, applications and operating system. When you have a cloud desktop and a computer gets damaged or lost, the only thing lost is hardware. All the important data remains secure and accessible.

Having all of your essential tech on the cloud eliminates the need for buying, securing and maintaining any infrastructure existing in-house, again cutting costs and saving time.

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Talk to an expert. Good IT service providers, like Nerds Support can guide you through the entire process. We run your tech, update, perform daily backups and much more making sure your business runs as efficiently as desired and even more so.

Call Nerds Support for more information to move one step closer to transforming your business. Cloud computing saves your time and money

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5 Benefits of the Cloud

Growing a business can be very demanding.

You have to balance between growth (scaling your processing, expanding your talent and assisting your customer base in more sustainable ways) and retaining the ingenuity and culture that differentiated your business in the first place.

This is a time, however, ripe with opportunity for growing businesses. The rise of cloud technology has revolutionized how enterprises operate. 

The cloud has made it easier than ever to access the kinds of secure and effective programs that only the biggest businesses were privy to. And now, this technology is more affordable than ever.

Growing businesses can use the cloud to collaborate remotely with greater efficiency and make strides in accomplishing completing their goals and projects.

With the right guidance, you can operate your IT with efficiency while avoiding the baggage and pitfalls. When that happens, many things are possible:

  1. Cost

The cloud, more specifically a private cloud, can start at a 12 percent annual costs savings compared to a public cloud.

Better IT doesnt have to mean a bigger budget

  1. Tighter Security

Cloud providers, like Nerds Support, can provide security that no small or medium-sized business firm can compete with. The cloud provides encryption and firewalls, automatic back-ups to patches and upgrades.

  1. Less admin

Cloud solutions are easy to implement and ongoing maintenance and management is handled by the cloud provider. Nerds Support has a dedicated team of IT specialists and engineers with over 30 years of experience working diligently to provide reliable solutions 24/7.

  1. Greater agility

Cloud contracts are more flexible than standard hardware contracts. A growing business needs a dynamic variety of IT solutions and, this way, can avoid being tied down to one solution for an undesired amount of time.

  1. Easier mobility

With everything available on the cloud, team members can operate remotely at any time from any location, allowing for sustainable work-life balance, if need be, without dropping productivity.

Adopting a cloud roadmap

The cloud, as we’ve seen, has wide-ranging benefits. That being said, it’s important to note how your specific business is going to utilize the cloud and its available features. Many growing businesses underestimate the need to incorporate a systemic plan to use the cloud.  They buy solutions as issues present themselves without thinking of a broader strategy.

Most businesses don’t even realize they are using a form a cloud, like Gmail or Microsoft OneDrive.

Developing a plan means you can identify what you’re missing and plan accordingly to better collaborate, simplify remote working and make it a more efficient process.

Download Nerds Support’s free e-book to help you navigate through various functionalities available with the cloud.

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Plantation gas leak aftermath

Plantation Gas Leak : Always be Prepared for any Disaster

Over the weekend, there was a gas explosion in the South Florida city of Plantation.  23 people were injured and the former PizzaFire restaurant was destroyed more than 20 local businesses were damaged and closed.

Dozens of people’s livelihoods were disrupted by this disaster, leaving many wondering what their next move should be.

Many businesses rely on some form of IT to help run their business.

When you have in-house IT, if something happens, you could lose everything and if you don’t chances are recovery will be painstakingly difficult. You are at the mercy of the elements, a victim of circumstance. You don’t really think about it, but you’re always vulnerable, and life offers no guarantees.

Chances are, no one going to work that day planned on having their business damaged in a gas explosion. 

Yet it occurs without warning.

If the lights go out and the infrastructure of your workplace is compromised, that could mean days and weeks spent trying to recover, which takes a huge toll on you and your business.

Crews spent that Sunday closing off the Plantation site by installing metal chain-link fencing. If you’re unable to access your workspace due to damages that could also inconvenience you and your staff.

Cloud computing can be the solution to these very real issues. It provides the freedom and flexibility to manage these types of unpredictable situations and can mitigate losses tremendously.

Cloud Computing Benefits

 The cloud allows you to back up your files, applications and even desktop computers so that you can operate virtually from anywhere at any time. If some unforeseen travesty occurs, your business won’t be at a stand-still. Your employees won’t be sitting around waiting for your office to relocate or reorganize.

If your computers get damaged or destroyed in an event like the one in Plantation, all you’ve lost is hardware. All of your data is secured, encrypted and protected by a network of servers that are independent of physical machines.

Nerds Support, for example, has a team of dedicated specialists that can provide a business continuity plan and help reestablish your routine workflow within hours of an event. You’ll have access to all your data and can continue working unimpeded.

Cloud computing makes any place your place of business. You don’t have to look for a temporary office space or wait around helplessly for the city to clean up the damage or clear any obstructions. Dealing with the event itself is strenuous enough.

Visit our website where we have free e-books on how cloud computing can protect your business from natural disasters, accident, and even cybercriminals.

Like the old saying goes, “You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather.” Let Nerds Support and the cloud be your umbrella.

*image by Daniel A. Varela, Miami Herald