What is the Cloud?

The cloud is any application, software, storage or hosted email that lives outside of your organization. It tends to be a significant component of Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) planning because it has a built-in solution for it. Being that everything is backed up to your environment, the cloud allows you and your team members to access files or software from anywhere that you can use the Internet. A few examples of cloud platforms are Office 365, G Suite and Dropbox. Not only does a backup help in the event of a disaster, but it adds an extra layer of security as well. A cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP) can include additional security features in your overall solution, such as, email encryption and multi-factor authentication based on your needs 

Why Migrate?

A lot of companies migrate because it’s a secure and affordable way to store data. Another benefit is that users don’t have to manage and take care of physical servers themselves or run software applications on their own machines. If you’re a business that is planning for growth or has a fluctuating business pattern, the cloud is perfect for you due to its instant scalability. No storage will go unused. It’s a cost-effective way to improve and protect your business.

Additionally, working on-the-go is a big part of the business world today. Most organizations have the need to access files while out of the office. The cloud is a safe way for companies to work remotely. An MSP will help you with a cloud strategy based on your business needs and enhance efficiencies in your environment. Your cloud managed service provider should ensure that you’re getting the most value with your specific plan.

Which Cloud is Right for You?

There are a few different kinds of clouds. Just because one is right for one business doesn't mean it will work well for another. 

Private Cloud

A private cloud is a dedicated environment that delivers similar advantages to a public cloud. When you use a private cloud, it’s services and infrastructure are maintained on your private network which is protected by your firewall. Some businesses house their data in centers off-site as well. This comes in handy when server maintenance and replacements come into play. This kind of cloud service is good for larger companies that already have an established infrastructure they can add to. Additionally, there are certain institutions that are required by law to use a private cloud, for compliance purposes.

Public Cloud

If you utilize a public cloud solution your data is hosted by a third-party provider. The hardware and software used to keep things maintained is owned and operated by the provider. You and your organization would have access to data via a web browser. This kind of cloud is always off-premise and the servers are shared by multiple organizations. Although some company’s feel that security is lacking in this option, others aren’t large enough for their own data center just yet. There is also an influx in the number of public cloud vendors, showing how many organizations are taking advantage of this kind of storage. 

No matter what your needs are, an MPS will ensure that you have the right kind of storage for your business. Contact The TNS Group today to get started.

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