The Cloud for Small Business: Deployment

If your small business isn't operating in the cloud, it's time to rethink your strategy. The right setup in the cloud provides significant advantage that every business in 2021 cannot afford to ignore. At a time when remaining competitive is more important than ever, a small business must examine every opportunity to remain agile, promote collaboration and provide "work-from-anywhere" capability. There are also tangible benefits to the cloud that impact the bottom line, such as reduced cost, increased scalability, and broader options for support. Not all cloud environments are the same, however, and no single type of cloud solution is right for every business. The size of your company, the location of your employees, your clients, future growth plans and budget are all considerations when deciding the best use of the cloud and the appropriate deployment method.

Public Cloud Public clouds are owned and run by a third-party cloud service providers that supply computing resources (servers, storage, databases, etc.). Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure are examples of the leading Cloud providers. Do not let the word “Public” cloud fool you; using AWS, Google or Azure does not mean your information is available to the public. Quite the contrary. With a public cloud provider, hardware and other supporting infrastructure is owned and managed by the cloud provider. They lease the use of their environments for an extremely competitive price. Netflix uses AWS for their streaming service. Private Cloud

A private cloud is an environment that is used exclusively by a single organization. A private cloud’s hardware is physically located on the company’s on-site datacenter or in rented space, but the hardware – and all associated maintenance and support – is the responsibility of the organization.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud environment combines public and private (on premises) infrastructure, linked together through technology that allows data and application sharing between them. By allowing data and applications to move between private and public clouds, a hybrid cloud provides businesses greater flexibility, more deployment options, and greater optimization of the existing infrastructure, security, and compliance. Before deciding on a solution for your business, consult with an IT Professional with experience across the spectrum of tools. There are many considerations, including budget, implementation and subscriptions.

Our team of experts are always available to consult with you and ensure the right choice for your unique business. Contact us.

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