Evolve your business. Move to the cloud.
Are you ready to explore the vast features and huge benefits of cloud computing? Every day, organizations are embracing the Cloud to help solve some of their biggest technology challenges, while finding new ways to drive business strategy and innovation and deliver more value to their customers and stakeholders.
Cloud computing is attractive to businesses for a wide range of reasons and business drivers such as:
- Mobility and ‘Anywhere’ Access to Data and Applications
- Reducing or Eliminating IT Infrastructure and Resources (IT capex, personnel resources, etc.)
- Reducing IT Management Costs and moving to predictable billing models for outsourced it support and consulting
- IT Agility, with faster IT systems and applications build and deployment times, and incremental ‘on-the-fly’ computing
- Increasing and Sustaining New Levels of IT Efficiency And Uptime
- Off-Premise Data Storage and Disaster Recovery
- Business Continuity Strategy and Enhancements
- Enhanced Collaboration and Business Productivity Tools
- Business Strategy, Innovation, Opportunity, and Growth
- Many more business drivers, objectives, and opportunities!
Will you save money in the cloud?
You will likely save money in the Cloud, however cloud computing is not one-size-fits-all. The key to realizing a positive return on your cloud investments ultimately comes down to your IT strategy and the depth of your due diligence. Making the leap to the Cloud and ensuring that the shift pays off requires studying all factors, such as the features, benefits, costs, and associated business risk.
Cloud adoption and migration performed in haste and without careful planning can lead to the adoption of the wrong cloud models, applications, and solutions — leaving your business in a cloud of disaster with unexpected higher costs.
Finding comfort in the cloud.
When you make the decision to leverage the Cloud, it’s not an all or nothing approach. A simple cloud piloting and ‘comfortability’ strategy may involve:
- Determining what types of applications are good cloud candidates
- Selecting which applications can be moved now vs. the distant future
- Testing with applications that have low business risk associated with a potential project failure
Moving into the Cloud forces you to rethink some of your strategies for many ‘traditional’ processes, such as IT workflow and standardization. When managing hardware, you pay a lot of attention to standardizing servers, operating systems, databases, etc., because variation is costly to manage and support. In the Cloud, many of these issues become less relevant as you are no longer ‘touching’ hardware. Operating systems are now running on virtual machines with automated configurations and processes, making standardizing and variation a lot simpler to manage.
How are other businesses using the Cloud?
Many of our clients use the Cloud for:
- Running ‘Internal’ Business Productivity Applications (in either Private or Hybrid Clouds)
- Application Testing and Development Servers and Environments (as a more inexpensive way to deploy and perform application testing and critical software upgrades than utilizing a physical IT environment)
- Application Scaling and Contraction (efficiently manage the growth of ‘big data’, as well the reduction of unneeded data on-the-fly’)
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) (essentially using an existing third-party application infrastructure or service on a pay-per-use/ready-to-use access and procurement model)
- Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (for data and application redundancy and continuity)
- Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence (gathering structured and unstructured data to extract consumer information and behavioral patterns, building social networking and media platforms, and much more)
- Data Access and Backup (anytime, anywhere backup and access to data)
- Off-Site File Storage and Retrieval
I need a strong IT partner like Hilltop to help me move to the Cloud.
Hilltop Consultants is a leading Managed IT Services Provider (MSP) that has assisted thousands of small businesses and enterprises with cloud leverage and adoption strategy and deployment.
Our certified cloud strategists and technical professionals can help you assess your current and future business strategy and related IT roadmap to help determine if; the Cloud is right for you; what to move to the Cloud and when to move it; how to transition from an on-premise IT environment to a cloud computing environment.
After performing a thorough Cloud Readiness Assessment we can help you build, deploy, migrate, manage and support your Cloud.