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Is Your Data Backup Appropriate for the Way You Work?

appropriate data backup

As you know, running a business is full of uncertainty – anything could happen at a moment’s notice to change the way your team works. Covid-19 forced previously thriving businesses to replace some of their most reliable and long-standing work processes with solutions that were implemented overnight. As your workforce may have gone partially remote, your backup systems need to remain secure. Your backup plan needs to be solid regardless of how and where your employees access their files. Let’s look at the options available to you, and the pros and cons of each.

The Cloud is based offsite and is used on an access basis. You pay for it as a service as opposed to paying for it and the entire infrastructure it resides in. As part of this service your Cloud provider will manage it for you, too. Most business owners have found this revolutionary for their organization, as it frees them up to do what they are good at, manage their team, and make critical decisions for the good of the business. This functionality and convenience has rapidly made it the most popular option on the market.

So, the Cloud has become widely used, but it isn’t for everyone. Some need their on-premise IT infrastructure in order to continue completing vital business functions. Others may need a hybrid of the two.

One factor that diverts some away from the Cloud is that a constant Internet connection is required. For some businesses, continuous access to Internet is not possible, so the Cloud becomes unreliable.

The Positives of the Cloud

Backup

The Cloud keeps your data safe at levels that simply cannot be achieved with on-premise IT. On-premise IT is vulnerable to a variety of threats, and can even fail because of them. If you don’t back up all of your sensitive data it could be lost forever – potentially meaning the end of your business altogether. The Cloud is safe and automatic.

Collaboration

The Cloud allows for levels of collaboration that were simply unfeasible a few years ago. With the Cloud you can communicate with the rest of your team and share from anywhere on the globe – all you need is a stable internet connection. Whether you are on the train, the bus, or sitting on a park bench, whatever you may be doing, you can still work as normal and your clientele will have no clue that you aren’t behind your desk in the office. The collaborative abilities that the Cloud makes possible are revolutionary, enabling your team to work on documents at the same time from different locations – your team could be spread out around the planet and still work together on a document as if they were in the same room.

Scalability

The Cloud allows you to scale as and when your organization needs to. You never know when you may need to change the size of your  business. With the pandemic, a lot of businesses went from a busy office with 25 employees to a restricted workforce of the most integral 5 overnight. Now that a lot of organizations are going back to a ‘new normal’, those same businesses may bring all 25 back and be looking to employ another 5, for example. Whatever the outcome, you must be certain that you can always meet the demands of your business and the Cloud makes this possible. Having the ability to scale overnight ensures that things stay affordable.

Business continuity

The Cloud makes it possible for you to access your mission critical data after a crisis. This – paired with your other backup options – means there is no reason why you can’t be operational again in a very short amount of time.

Affordability

Managing and maintaining your own IT systems can be extortionately expensive. The Cloud completely eradicates this. Most Cloud providers include all system upgrades, new hardware, and software in your contractually agreed monthly payments – whereas traditionally these would all be additional expenses. Another particularly good thing about the Cloud – and the right provider – is that they monitor and are alert to upgrades for you. You never have to think about potential upgrades on the horizon – who has time for that? The Cloud can save you money in other ways too. You may be paying a lot of money for a team of IT professionals that manage your traditional systems – with the Cloud your provider will do this for you.

The Negatives of the Cloud

Internet dependency

The biggest red flag for business owners when it comes to the Cloud is the reliance it has on an uninterrupted internet connection. By being in the Cloud it is safe to assume that you wouldn’t have much – if any – data stored locally, meaning that, for your team to be able to access the business-critical data that they need to complete their jobs, a constant, uninterrupted internet connection needs to be guaranteed. If you were to suffer a drop in internet connection the downtime could be disastrous.

Handing over control

It is in a business owner’s nature to want control. With the Cloud, you are handing almost all control of your technical landscape to someone else, and they will be handling your data (which they must do lawfully and according to the compliance obligations that they must abide by). When choosing a Cloud provider, you must know where they are storing your data and that it’s secure both technically and physically, because your compliance to regulations could depend upon its safety.

Traditionally, when there was a problem you had to handle it, make the right decision on a technical solution, implement it, and maintain it (no matter how technically able you may be) – now you can place your trust in your provider. Being powerless is difficult for anyone, especially business owners, but unfortunately you have no choice other than to place your trust in the hopefully capable IT team from your hosted provider. Note that the majority of providers don’t run 24/7 services so if your business operates all night and you know there is a chance you are going to need support, be sure that your provider’s operating hours mirror your own.

Do the Positives Outweigh the Negatives?

That depends entirely on your organization’s needs. But, for the majority of businesses, the positives of the Cloud clearly outweigh the negatives, and once having guaranteed that the migration was completed correctly with all your needs and wants met, the negatives will fade away.

Take your time, do as much research as possible on potential providers, their ability to cater to your needs and wants, their approach on continuity plans and risk mapping, the level of support they will provide you with to navigate potential cyber threats, and what they have planned for the future of your IT landscape. Doing so will ensure you that the provider you choose is capable of offering a service that will benefit your organization.

By far one of the hardest things for business owners to get used to – as we explained earlier – is the lack of control you have with Cloud computing. But another way of thinking about that is, you’re putting that control in the hands of experts who may be better suited for managing your data and backups. Talk to representatives from different providers and quiz them on your concerns, plans, and vision for the future of your business IT – only in this way can you be certain that you are making the right choice. A good provider will take you step by step through the details of your plan, the cyber security measures they have in place to protect your data, and what they have in mind for the future of your IT landscape.

Who are we?

mPowered IT provides a full range of IT Support, including secure on-premise and Cloud backups, with real 24/7 monitoring. We customize solutions for every business and treat your data as carefully as we would our own.

 

 

Your Business Can Save Money By Using DaaS (Desktop As A Service)

Spend Less Capital on Computers, Servers, and Software

The number one reason why many businesses consider switching over to a desktop-as-a-service model has to do with the immediate cost savings they get to enjoy on the technological assets they depend on so heavily each day. In fact, part of the reason why DaaS works so well is because it frees an organization from the restrictions of physical hardware assets in the first place.

With desktop-as-a-service your ability to run your mission-critical applications is no longer dependent on the quality of the computer you’re using — it’s dependent on the speed of your internet connection instead. Desktop-as-a-service resources are usually delivered as a cloud service by a cloud service provider like mPowered IT, right along with all of the apps needed for use on your virtual desktop infrastructure.

Why our Embrace program will better your business.

Pay as You Save – You get the latest generation of computer systems for your business and only pay for what you need. This eliminates the unnecessary expenses on software upgrades and hardware purchases that you can’t take full advantage of. Embrace Workspaces scale seamlessly without having to re-install anything when you need more space or users.

Multi-User Resource Sharing – You can add several users on one instance with every user having a private desktop. No more one to one computers, because hardware resources are shared among the users so the total hardware/software requirements are much less.

Software Updates for All Users – Since all the end users are on one cloud virtual desktop system, you update the software once and every user gets the latest version instantly, making software upgrades and maintenance quick and easy.

No Capital Investment – Embrace Workspaces doesn’t require you to make any initial capital investments and is available for a single person or thousands of users.

To learn more, book a free, zero obligation custom consultation with the CEO of mPowerd IT. You can also give us a call at 678-389-6200.

Why the Cloud is Great for Business

Currently 95% of businesses are using the cloud in some form. It keeps your employees more connected, your computer network more secure, and it lowers costs and controls capital expenditures.

Businesses of all sizes are embracing cloud technology because of the unprecedented flexibility, scalability, security and overall cost savings. Adopting a cloud-based IT network is fast becoming necessary to keep a competitive edge.

Cloud Services Increase Agility & Productivity

Cloud storage makes your company’s network accessible to your employees, wherever they are, from whatever device they prefer to use. Employees can easily get to their work files from home, while traveling, or during an off-site presentation. The cloud extends your office and increases productivity.

Employees Can Bring Their Own Devices (BYOD)

Employees increasingly want to use their own devices at work. They’re more comfortable and productive with them, and tend to upgrade more frequently. We secure and manage employee access to your systems.

Your Data Is Safer In The Cloud Than In Your Own Building

Your servers are kept in a highly secured facility, protected from intrusion, cyber attacks, power outages and natural disasters. Your data is safer in the cloud than in your building, where it’s vulnerable to damage, hackers and employee theft.

Never Pay for System Upgrades

In the cloud, you’re using our state-of-the-art systems, so you never again have to purchase hardware and software, or stress over how and when to make that investment. We keep our technology up to date because that’s our business. You stay up to date automatically, without ever incurring a major capital expense.

Cloud Services Allow You to Pay As You Grow

You pay only for services you need now, not for technology to accommodate future growth or change. Our services scale up or down as your business needs evolve, so you never buy into technology you won’t need.

Reduce Overall IT Costs

Because we own and maintain the technology, we take care of all upgrades, maintenance, repairs and replacements. You pay one low monthly fee with no surprise costs.

 

If you’re ready for better IT support, give us a call at 678-389-6200. Or schedule a free, no obligation consultation here.

What is the difference between an MSP and a CSP?

MSP stands for Managed Services Provider. That can mean different things to different people because the breadth of services can vary from one MSP to the next MSP.

A Cloud Services Provider (CSP) is a third-party company which offers a cloud-based platform, infrastructure, and application or storage services. Businesses of all sizes are embracing cloud technology because of the unprecedented flexibility, scalability, security and overall cost savings. Adopting a cloud-based IT network is fast becoming necessary to keep a competitive edge.

But, there is a new term being used called TSP – or Total Solutions Provider. TSP generally indicates that the provider offers end-to-end technology services for small businesses; IT services, of course, but also cloud services,  low voltage cabling, voice over IP services, web development and everything in-between.

mPowered IT’s Embrace Cloud Services makes it easy and affordable to transition to a cloud-based network so your business can immediately reap the benefits. Are you ready for better IT support? Call us now at 678-389-6200 or contact us online.

4 Reasons Cloud Computing Is Great For Small Business

Businesses of all sizes are embracing cloud technology because of the unprecedented flexibility, scalability, security and overall cost savings. Adopting a cloud-based IT network is fast becoming necessary to keep a competitive edge.

Currently, 95% of businesses are using the cloud in some form. It keeps your employees more connected, your computer network more secure, and it lowers costs and controls capital expenditures. Imagine how much more predictable your business expenses would be knowing you’d never have to make a large capital expenditure for new servers, or worry that your technology is becoming outdated.

4 reasons cloud computing is great for Small Business

Flexible Access – The cloud can be accessed through multiple device platforms and locations. The common platform examples are smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

Scalability – It is much quicker and cost effective to scale up or down with a cloud solution.

Security – Servers are kept in a highly secured facility, protected from intrusion, cyber-attacks, power outages and natural disasters. Your data is safer in the cloud than in your building, where it’s vulnerable to damage, hackers and employee theft.

Cost Reduction – You pay only for services you need now, not for technology to accommodate future growth or change. Services scale up or down as your business needs evolve, so you never buy into technology you won’t need.

For more, call us at 678-389-6200 or contact us online.

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