Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the use of services hosted online by an outside service provider. They include applications, storage, and other services historically delivered by an on-site server. Cloud computing is becoming more prevalent, and with good reason. There are many benefits to moving some of your computer operations to the cloud:

  • Less hardware to manage
  • Automatic upgrades
  • No license management
  • Less need for IT staff
  • Painless offsite backups
  • Microsoft Exchange email capabilities without an onsite server and staff

However, cloud computing is not the answer to all computing problems. Here are some common misconceptions about cloud computing:

  • “Using cloud services can save us money.” Though it is possible to save money by using cloud services, it depends on what services you use, and how you use them.
  • “The more services we can move to the cloud, the better.” Some applications do not perform well in the cloud environment, and are better operated on onsite servers.
  • “Cloud backups are better because they happen automatically.” While cloud backups are convenient, for greatest security it is smart to have a combination of both cloud and physical backups.
  • “Any problems can be resolved through customer support.” Many cloud services deal only with IT staff, so once you start using them, you need someone who can “speak the language” and serve as a go-between when something goes wrong.
  • “Cloud services require less attention than onsite applications.” These services need maintenance and troubleshooting just like applications installed on your company’s own servers.

To help you sort it all out, you need someone who is well versed in what cloud services can and cannot do for your business. Envisagent has the expertise and experience to advise you on the best offsite services for your company’s needs, and to assist you when problems occur. We take the time to understand your business and share our knowledge to help you make the best use of the cloud.

Call us now for a free consultation, or check out our Clients & Testimonials page to find out how we have assisted other businesses like yours.