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Do you feel like your business is constantly struggling to keep up with the ever-changing technological landscape? Safety Net’s cloud and implementation services may be just what you need to stay ahead of the curve. With a team of experts dedicated to helping businesses transition to the cloud, Safety Net can streamline your operations, increase efficiency, and ultimately save you time and money.

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What does Cloud really mean, anyway?

The term Cloud is thrown around a lot, which can make it confusing. At a basic level, the Cloud is simply information technology services available on the Internet. Some of these services are very similar to what organizations have been running for a long time, but located in somebody else’s “server closet” (typically, a big data center), and sometimes under somebody else’s responsibility to maintain. Big improvements in the availability, quality, and carrying capacity of the Internet have made it possible to run applications and other IT services from a location outside your office building.

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What are the advantages of using Cloud services?

Most cloud services are physically housed in data centers with highly redundant infrastructure. Think backup power generators on top of backup power generators. A typical data center also features two or more utility feeds, redundant power conditioning systems, redundant cooling systems, and two or more Internet connections. All are desirable things that only become economical at scale, i.e. too costly for a typical business to justify implementing and managing.

A good data center is physically secure. Human access is restricted. Entry and exit points are locked and guarded. Video surveillance is running inside and out, and individual systems are usually in locked cabinets.

Generally speaking, the cost of data in the cloud is lower due to scale. Rather than building a customized infrastructure for 50 people, the infrastructure might support 50,000, thus driving down the cost per user for the subscribers.

Most cloud services have to certify themselves to meet the requirements of their most demanding clients, like financial institutions. While this certainly doesn’t eliminate the end customer’s responsibilities, it can really help reduce compliance cost by leveraging the work of the cloud provider.

Along the same lines as security, the cloud service provider needs to meet certain levels of disaster recovery capacity to meet clients’ needs. Often the service comes with the option for geographic redundancy between the provider’s multiple data centers. In plain talk, if the main data center in Nevada goes offline in an Oceans Eleven-style heist, your data will still be available because it had been replicated to a data center in Ireland.

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All of these advantages sound great! So, what’s the catch? Here are a few potential gotchas you’ll want to think about.

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Where do I start?

The most common entry point for organizations is moving their on-premise version of Microsoft Exchange. At the same time, they typically add on Microsoft Teams. After that, they may utilize SharePoint in the cloud and OneDrive. Eventually, they usually purchase Office365 packages, which include the versions of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint that run on the desktop PC just like everyone is already used to.

This certainly isn’t a complete list, but these are many of the items organizations typically need. Safety Net has an expert team with years of experience implementing these solutions and making them seamless to use.  Contact us today if you would like to leverage the advantages of the cloud. 

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