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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.
  2. Move applications
  3. Move desktops

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

Step 1: Moving your files

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 your applications

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 files and applications, 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

It’s possible to move your desktop computers to the cloud, they’re called virtual desktops or hosted desktops. A cloud desktop is everything that loads up when you turn on a PC: the files, applications and operating system. When you have a 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 in one secure place eliminates the need for buying, securing and maintaining any infrastructure existing in-house, again cutting costs and saving time.

Start your journey to save time and money today. 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.

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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.

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  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. We’re always here to help!

The cloud saves you time and money

Achieving Zen: Finding balance between Productivity vs. Security and Compliance

These days, many IT professionals are stuck between a rock and a hard place. One minute, you’re struggling to maintain user productivity. The next, you’re trying to meet compliance and governance.

The problem is, this inner battle keeps intensifying and getting worse and worse. New technology such as the cloud and new workforce benefits, including employee mobility, work from any device policies and vendors that have access to your networks and information, are creating IT issues that never existed before.

It can be difficult, especially for a small or medium sized business, to keep up with both simultaneously.

What’s clear in all this activity is that a new approach to IT security is needed— and needed urgently. To succeed in this new modern, digital era, your security strategy must:

  • Protect your firms from cyber hacks and breaches
  • Prepare for compliance
  • Allow people to access the apps and data they need from any device, anytime
  • Ensure applications and data can be reached from any network connection and cloud environment
  • Reduce the risk associated with disruptions, have a business continuity plan in place

It’s also clear that traditional security is no longer effective for protecting organizations and keeping their data safe and hacker proof.

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Make your Digital Workspace Work Better—for Everyone

Now, more than ever, digital transformation is the fuel companies are using to boost productivity and engage consumers. It is spurring organizations of every size to reimagine how work gets done by creating secure digital workspaces that are designed to promote agility, enhance service and growth

No longer exclusive to desks on site, employees are working successfully in virtual teams—communicating and collaborating anytime, anywhere, on any device using the applications freely. And according to recent surveys, this trend shows no signs of slowing. 70% of workers are now working remotely at least one day per week.

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For IT, this on-demand, work from home environment is creating new challenges and security risks. In many cases, admins are lacking end-to-end visibility and control and they’re increasingly struggling to deliver the best experience for their employees and customers.

 IT teams find themselves purchasing disparate products for specific types of applications and device profiles. As a result, workers have to go to multiple gateways or access points to use different types of applications, creating a poor user experience.

As branch offices and remote workers become more pervasive, the need for an effective balance between usability and security has never been more important.

Fortunately, the next generation of remote access solutions, like Nerds Support’s cloud services,  offer many capabilities that can help overcome the infrastructure challenges and security risks that today’s distributed businesses and users are creating.

Here’s just a few things these new solutions can deliver:

•             A better overall user experience for remote and mobile workers – Next-gen remote access solutions provide users with one access point and single sign-on (SSO) to applications regardless of where they’re located or how they are deployed.

•             An effective way to consolidate infrastructure  –  These new solutions provide one URL and streamline your remote access infrastructure – helping to reduce IT costs and improve the ease of keeping with compliance and security policies.

•             The ability to view your entire infrastructure – Instead of seeing only what your point solutions could control, these next-gen solutions provide true visibility into your application traffic, ensuring higher uptime and reducing help-desk calls.

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Mining for Gold in The Cloud

There’s another California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, only this time, it’s with technology. Promising technologies like AI, analytics and hybrid, and multi-cloud computing hold  hope for businesses that can “mine” it effectively for their benefit. But before companies can strike it rich and create competitive advantage through these innovations, they must first prepare their infrastructures for the future. And sadly, most organizations have a long way to go. That’s because most initial forays into the cloud have created more complexity, more silos, more security risks, and worst of all, more user dissatisfaction over how work gets done.

Why? Adopting cloud services has required a greater investment in point solutions for management of app delivery, security, content collaboration, networking and endpoints. These point solutions are not typically integrated, have their own unique requirements, and often require specialized resources to manage them.

Fortunately, with a secure digital workspace, you can bring all these solutions together in an integrated fashion, so that your users can tap into the true potential of the cloud—and achieve maximum productivity. The premise of a secure digital workspace is simple: do more with less. Everything is managed under a “single pane of glass.” That means fewer point solutions, fewer siloes, fewer security gaps, and even fewer passwords for your users to manage. Nerds Support, for example, integrates its partners into a cloud service that provides their businesses with more agility and visibility over their entire infrastructure.

Here are some important benefits that a secure digital workspace can deliver:

1. Centralized intelligent workspace management

As mentioned, with a digital workspace, an IT team has the ability to manage multiple services and solutions from one place. App delivery, identity management, access control, and network security are just a few of the things that are available. Better yet, you get visibility across your infrastructure to mitigate or eliminate risks and vulnerabilities—or proactively address them before they become greater issues. Infrastructure

2. Faster onboarding

A secure digital workspace gives administrators the power to quickly onboard new employees, contract workers, or entire offices—wherever they’re located and regardless of the device or network they’re using. No more traveling to remote offices or redundant training sessions for multiple services. Users can be authorized and empowered to work in significantly less time.

3. Quicker rollout of new apps and services

Instead of building, testing, and launching new applications or desktops in weeks, or even months, a secure cloud based work space can significantly reduce roll-out time to days—and in some cases, hours. Nerds Support’s  IT teams can test and deploy Windows apps in one workload while simultaneously running daily operations to roll out and manage updates to apps—regardless of where workloads are hosted.

4. Fewer help-desk calls

With the multitude of services now available on the cloud, users are having to manage multiple passwords and user names to gain access to the apps and data they need to do their jobs. With a secure digital workspace, you can enable users with single sign-on access to all apps (SaaS, web, virtual, or mobile) and dramatically cut the number of help-desk calls from employees requesting resets.

When it comes to the cloud, the new gold rush is happening. The organizations that adapt are the ones that are going to stay golden or should we say win the championship.

Will your business be one of them?