Do you want to save money on your computer hardware and have less hassles?
Then Computer Specialists has what you are looking for. We strive to create solutions for small and medium sized businesses that maximize productivity with less hassles and less cost. We do this by leveraging cloud technologies where it makes sense. We have partnered with several cloud solution providers to be able to provide our partners with customized cloud solutions that fit the needs of that particular partner. When you partner with Computer Specialists, you are guaranteed to get the best solution for your business needs.
Hey Michael, what is cloud computing? First, cloud computing is not new. It has been around since the beginning of the internet. Cloud computing is basically any service that you use on the internet that you do not directly maintain. Your home email is cloud based. You don’t personally maintain any of the physical servers that run your email. You don’t pay for the actual servers themselves. Heck, you don’t even know how they actually work. You just pay for or use the email service that someone else provides. That service has been around since the internet got going.
So, why is it such a big deal then? Because now technology has allowed many other services to take advantage of the same economies of scale. Now, security has been refined to allow remote services securely. Now it actually is a cost benefit for us to use the cloud for other services besides email.
Ok, why should I use the cloud for my business?
The reasons everyone on the internet will tell you are: Business Agility, Reduced Capital Expense, Scalability, Anywhere Access. The reasons My Computer Specialists will tell you are: Less Hassles and Less Expense.
Alright, so it has less hassles and less expense. What can we do in the cloud?
The answer to that is pretty much anything you do now on premise you can do in the cloud.
We can host your entire environment in the cloud and use less powerful, cheaper devices in your office to access them. That is our Total Office in the Cloud.
We can run desktop environments to give remote users access without compromising security
We can run your file server in the cloud to take advantage of automatic backups for disaster recovery.
We can run your specialty, line of business software in the cloud to take advantage of up-time.
We have a file sync service (like DropBox) that gives you control of your data instead of your employees.
Your phone system is perfect to run in the cloud. Check out our VoIP PBX.
Backups are excellent for the cloud as it gets your data offsite in case of disaster.
If you have any remote users at all, the cloud makes absolute sense.
There are a few things that don’t make sense to do in the cloud and we will advise you of them.
With our Total Office in the Cloud solution we provide everything you need to run your entire IT infrastructure in the cloud. Here is a quick look at what you get:
- Desktop Anywhere / Any Device Access
- Servers for file/print and your specialty application(s)
- Team Collaboration suite
- MS SQL and/or mySQL
- OS licenses for servers and remote desktops
- VoIP Enterprise Class PBX
- Data Security
- Data Backups
- Antivirus / malware protection
- Support for all your technology needs
- Quarterly visits to your main location to make sure your business and technology are aligned
- Scale up or down monthly if you need
- all run in the cloud for a fixed monthly fee
- No hassles!
When Should we be moving our services to the cloud?
If you have servers in-house running Windows Server 2003 or 2008 and need to upgrade, which you should absolutely do this year, then now is the perfect time to explore how the cloud can help your business.
If you have workers working remotely or traveling a lot, now is a good time to see what can be done about keeping control of your valuable company data instead of letting your employees control it on their own.
If your business is just starting out, now is a great time to get started in the cloud as it is a month to month service to keep your start up costs low.