How to Utilize the Cloud Like a Pro

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According to a June 2013 Gartner report, around 50 million enterprise users are taking advantage of cloud office systems. By 2017, Gartner predicts that these numbers will more than quadruple, and, by 2022, cloud users are expected to represent 60 percent to the total market, or more than 695 million users. With lowered energy costs and improved operability, automation, and administrative support, it’s no wonder why cloud is predicted to take over in the next few years.

The cloud is slowly and steadily transforming the world of Information Technology, especially for SMBs that still need to measure up to larger competitors while wielding smaller budgets. So, what should SMBs look out for in terms of the cloud? Well, here are some tips on how to adopt a killer cloud strategy that will rival the pros.

If a lack of time, management, budget, and appropriate staffing in your IT department are hindering business operations and development, then turning to cloud services may be your answer. With the flexibility and customizations of these offerings, companies can pick and choose parts of their IT environments to be hosted and managed externally. This allows for reliable, high-performance products and services to fit into the niche, oftentimes smaller, SMB budget.

Cloud services include:

  1. Software as a service (SaaS) – Software installations and maintenance are pains no more. With an SaaS vendor, companies can also utilize more complex software, like CRM (customer-relationship-management) without having to manage on their own.
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS) – The responsibility of developing, programming, testing, and deploying platforms can be eliminated while allowing businesses the framework to launch applications and tools to make businesses more competitive.
  3. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – from storage to networks, servers, and basic infrastructure management, businesses have the ability to pass the running of underlying cloud infrastructures off to IaaS vendors while still having the control of the main, over-laying systems they need to perform business. In other words, companies can have stable, flexible, and manageable infrastructures without the need to worry about maintain hardware.

Implementing the right cloud policy now has become monumental to the future foundation and success of companies. If you are interested in discovering what other cloud tips we at ProShip have up our sleeves, reach out. We have the industry experience and know-how to get your cloud strategy up to par with the best in the business.

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