What Kind of Cloud Does Your Business Have?

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by jiml | No Comments

Cloud computing and its place in the business world can be a confusing topic for even the most IT-savvy business people. Should we be using the cloud?  What should we be using the cloud for? Is it cost-efficient for our business to use the cloud?  These are all legitimate questions that business decision makers face every day.  The wrong decision can turn your cloud into a thunder cloud for the business!

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Which is your cloud?

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At Colden Company Inc., we have experience helping businesses not only implement cloud solutions, but in helping businesses decide on which cloud services are a fit for their business. We can help you navigate around the clouds, to stay with the analogy. Our role as trusted advisor to our clients is one we take pride in; after all if our customers are doing well, we do well.  Our customers think of us as an extension of their business and as their “Virtual CIO,” if you will.

Our position in favor of email in the cloud has been regularly communicated in our blog postings, so it should be no surprise where we stand on that topic.  Email needs to be highly available – which the cloud provides – and it does not require the same persistent connection that many line of business (LoB) applications require, making it a great fit. There are many options for email in the cloud and we have advised our customers on a range of solutions from Google Apps to Office 365 to Hosted Exchange. Each has it benefits and Colden Company can deliver any of these solutions to your business with the skill and expertise needed to reduce downtime and maximize efficiency.

Office 365 in particular has been generating interest because of its inclusion of Microsoft Office 2013 licensing in its offerings. In fact, each license of certain versions of Office 365 allows installation of Office 2013 on up to five computers. Microsoft Office becomes a subscription-based purchase rather than an up-front out-of-pocket expense as it has been traditionally. As with any Microsoft product, there are a confusing range of options to navigate when considering Office 365.  Our experts can help.

Email and productivity applications are only scratching the surface; there is a wide range of services that can be moved to the cloud. Colden Company can help your business move, for example, your phone system, shared file storage, backups, and even comprehensive disaster recovery to the cloud. Cloud alternatives to traditional on-premises solutions are easier to manage and maintain and require significantly less up-front investment. Cloud solutions bring formerly enterprise-class IT services into the range of affordability for small and medium businesses.

If your business is not utilizing the cloud effectively and you would like assistance turning that thunder cloud into a fair weather cloud, contact us today at (888) 600-4560 or at info@coldencompany.com, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.







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