Why Move to the Cloud?
Cloud Services are a fantastic way for small to medium enterprises to outsource their IT requirements to cloud providers, such as AUS-IP Services, allowing their businesses to reduce IT expendirture and focus on their core business.
Email, Backup, Anti-Virus and Email Content Filtering are all core IT requirements for SME’s. Cloud Computing empowers businesses with such technologies, without the massive expense of hardware and software development, deployment and maintenace.
Cloud computing may seem like a technology in it’s infancy, yet it has been around for many years. Cloud computing is the new catch phrase for internet based computing services. Most commonly known in the past as SaaS (software as a service), cloud computing and cloud services in actual fact is much broader and has been in use by all of us for many years. Hotmail, website hosting, email hosting, all services that may seem simple to us, are all forms of cloud computing.
In the past, cloud services such as online backup were far too expesnive for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s), but with the global expansion of online infrastructure, bandwidth and online computing power has greatly reduced in price. Software products like Microsoft Exchange are also out of reach of most SME’s. Not only is the software itself quite expensive, but the hardware, software and IT expertise required to run such products is also very expensive. With recent software and cloud advancements Microsoft Exchange and similar software packages are available as a hosted cloud services, making the benefits of these products practical for SME’s as there are no excessive costs involved.