A buyer’s guide to the cloud

The cloud is helping companies to serve their customers better and run their operations more efficiently. But when it comes to choosing an IT setup and partner – either when starting a business or migrating from legacy infrastructure – it can be difficult to know where to start.

Here are some things to consider.

What are the needs of your business?

Cloud solutions and partners come in all shapes and sizes. So it’s vital that you know what you need. This includes your immediate requirements, and what services your business is likely to need over the next few years.

Of course, anticipating and planning for growth can be tricky. Flourish too fast and you could struggle to keep up without the right investment in IT. Expand too slowly and you could have forked out for resources you don’t need.

At Cloud Geeni we provide scalable and flexible access to technology. So your resources grow simultaneously with your business. And you only ever pay for what you need.

Do you need a hosted server?

When looking to replace their old server and buy a new one, many businesses are looking to upgrade to the cloud. But what are the main differences between a cloud and on-premise server?

  • With a cloud-server, everything is hosted by a vendor and accessed via a web browser. While, with a physical server, software is installed locally, on an organisation’s computers and servers
  • Cloud software tends to be provided under a subscription basis (charged monthly or annually), whereas a physical server requires a substantial investment upfront. So, physical servers are a capital expenditure while cloud servers are an operating expenditure.

How often will you need to update?

When investing in any new IT, as well as the initial up-front investment, you will also have to factor in the ongoing costs. If you go for an on-premise solution, as well as employing the right people with the right skills to manage your setup, you’ll also need to think about the cost of energy, physical space, upgrades, maintenance and more.

However, cloud-based software providers continuously improve their solution at no extra cost to you; helping you to remain current, agile, and competitive. With upgrades made automatically, you are free from the burden of maintaining complex hardware and software. So, you can reduce the size of your technical staff or free your IT department to get on with tasks that drive business improvement.

Our cloud-based hosted desktops also come with UK based technical support as part of your monthly subscription. So you will benefit from a reduction in internal IT helpdesk calls and firefighting.

How secure is the cloud?

The more data moves to the cloud, the more people worry about cybercrime. But, contrary to what most people think, moving to the cloud doesn’t put your business-critical information at any more risk. In fact, with robust cloud encryption now available, a cloud server can be safer than an on-premise one.

What’s more, should a laptop or mobile device get lost or stolen, access can be denied on demand as data is never saved to the actual device. Your data remains safe in the cloud (particularly if you deploy best-in-breed Two Factor Authentication (2FA) as we do at Cloud Geeni).

The cloud also boasts best-in-class backup and recovery processes. Your files sit on a dedicated machine in a UK data centre, but they are also duplicated and backed up on multiple hard disks. So if something fails – and this can happen – it’s not a problem. The backup will immediately cut across to its sibling, so there is no loss of service and no downtime.

Crucially, while cloud companies spend a considerable amount of their budget focusing on security, on-premise legacy systems are often ignored. In many cases, these legacy systems were built before cybercrime became prevalent. So they don’t have what it takes to block modern, sophisticated hackers. All this makes legacy servers increasingly vulnerable.

At Cloud Geeni we use ISO-accredited data centres located in the UK. Complying with an internationally recognised best practice framework, this means you benefit from robust connectivity while making sure that your sensitive business data is protected at all times.

How long will it take to get up and running?

Unless you are starting from scratch, you’re likely to have existing systems that need integrating into or moving over to your new setup. So, the time necessary to get you fully operational in the cloud will depend on your needs.

And – in addition to any legacy systems – there are a lot of things to consider. For example, which platform/products you should use.

Looking after your migration from start to finish, we make sure that there isn’t any impact on your business operations.

Indeed, while it is a complicated process, our tried and trusted migration experts and proven methods keep everything simple; getting you up and running in no time. Your new cloud system will run parallel to your legacy one until the process is complete, and you only move when you have tested your new solution and confirmed you are happy.

At Cloud Geeni we offer a plethora of innovative features and cloud-server services

  • Hassle-free hosted desktops. Helping you to work smarter
  • Application hosting. Embrace innovation and facilitate business growth
  • The complete Microsoft suite of products. Helping you get the most out of your chosen technologies
  • Secure storage. With robust encryption and all the latest security updates

For more information on how our cloud-based products and services keep businesses across the UK ahead of the competition, contact us today for an informal chat and find out how we can help you.

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