Microsoft Office 365 is available in the cloud, whether it’s a public, private, or hybrid infrastructure that you’re using to get there. While you probably knew that Office 365 was available as a low cost subscription model online, you may not realize that you have a number of choices related to how your cloud foundation will be built.
In terms of budgeting, a cloud-based infrastructure is an entirely different animal than traditional on-premise architecture. In the past, businesses were mostly worried about the purchasing and maintenance of hardware and the procurement of costly software licenses. In a cloud-based infrastructure, businesses are generally focused on the resources that they are deploying and the service levels that they are purchasing. Because this can be unfamiliar, it can also potentially lead to heads of IT paying more for their cloud-based infrastructure than they truly need to. Here are a few tips to cut cloud infrastructure costs without losing functionality.
The cloud industry has matured. The sheer number of new cloud-based solutions that have popped up over the past few years has left many scrambling to figure out how they can best utilize these solutions. Creating an IT cloud strategy can be difficult, however, when the landscape keeps changing. To fully leverage what the cloud has to offer, organizations need to stay on top of the latest cloud trends and understand how these new technologies and work with their current infrastructure. A managed service provider can help. Here’s how.
Moving to the cloud has transformed from a question of “if” to “when” for virtually all organizations, regardless of size or industry, as it provides a cost-effective data access solution for businesses, in addition to a slew of other benefits. And one of the most important benefits of the cloud is disaster recovery.
Cloud computing services enable you to streamline and centralize system and network management tasks. If you lack the resources to do this yourself, CWPS provides a comprehensive suite of IT support services that will help you get the most out of your new cloud environment.
Cloud-based solutions have evolved from a neat technological opportunity for businesses who want to be on the cutting edge to an essential, cost-effective data access and recovery solution for all organizations, both large and small.
Online backup service, also known as cloud backup or backup-as-a service is a method of offsite data storage in which files, folders, or the entire contents of a hard drive are regularly backed up on a remote server or computer with a network connection. The purpose behind online backup is simple and straightforward: To protect the information – be it business data or personal – from the risk of loss associated with fire, theft, hacking, or any other kind of technological disasters.
Data loss can be an insurmountable challenge for firms and unfortunately it is a common problem. Disasters come in many forms, such as power interruption, corrupted database, hardware failures, software glitches, or network outages. In a cost-cutting environment with intense global competition, you need a solid plan that is cost-efficient, yet ensures that backups are performed regularly and recovery from any disaster quickly.
Are you considering outsourcing part of or your entire IT environment? Do you need to add capacity for growing workloads but don't know by how much?
It's becoming increasingly clear that cloud computing by Amazon Web Services (AWS) can provide some answers and bring significant benefits to small and medium businesses (SMB) such as yours. With cloud computing you don't need to make large upfront investments in hardware. Instead you can provision exactly the right type and size of computing resources you need to operate your IT department. You can access as many resources as you need, almost instantly, and only pay for what you use.
The Benefits of Utilizing AWS Include:
- Pay for Infrastructure as you need it, not up front.
- Lower Total Cost of IT
- You don't need to guess capacity
- Increase innovation: experiment fast with low cost and low risk
- Get rid of undifferentiated heavy lifting
- Go global in minutes
Amazon Web Services Infrastructure Services
Amazon Web Services offers a complete set of infrastructure and application services that enable you to run virtually everything in the cloud. It is made up of four components:
Compute: Processor, memory and operating system
- Storage: Block or object based (EBS or S3), flexible and cost effective
- Network: Your own Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
- Database: Managed database services (RDS)
CWPS Cloud Assist - Managed AWS
With the implementation of AWS, you will need assistance in deployment and maintenance. The CWPS Cloud Assist package consists of foundation managed services that include:
- Backup and Disaster Recovery
- Identity Access Management
- Network Element Management
- Billing and Optimization
There are also optional services that include incremental offerings for customers with specific needs not addressed by foundation managed services. One of them includes Advanced Security Services provided by Alert Logic. Alert Logic SOC and CWPS NOC work together 24X7X365 to provide deep security insights, continuous protection, and lower total costs.
AWS and CWPS Cloud Assist reduces total IT costs by at least 30% compared to an on premise deployment. Not only do you save money but you can also spend more time focusing on your business and not the daily IT hassles.
Moving your IT applications to the cloud may eliminate unpredictable capital expenditures and many "pain points" of owning your own infrastructure, but what happens once you have your workloads and applications in the cloud? When everything is offsite, your connection is critical and Quality of Service (QoS) is not available over the Internet. This is essential for voice, video and other real-time communications.