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MOVING TO THE CLOUD? YOUR PHONE SYSTEM IS A GREAT PLACE TO START

In its projections for cloud services, Gartner predicts markets for Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are all set to grow between 20% and 40% as enterprises seek to cut data center costs and deploy systems and databases over more cost-effective networks.

Despite these growing adoption rates, many companies still aren’t ready to make a full-scale move to cloud-based technologies. If you are among those who want to take a measured approach to cloud adoption, look no further than your phone system as a great place to start. By working with a communications provider who offers both cloud and on-site phone systems, you’ll not only get expert guidance, but also the flexibility to customize a migration path that fits your business.

Below are four reasons starting your journey to the cloud via your business communications needs makes sense:

• Manage Deployments in Small Groups - For many businesses, the phone system is the ideal service to serve as a catalyst in your transition to the cloud. Since it can be deployed in a phased approach, you can learn by transitioning small groups, teams or locations one at a time with little overall risk. Plus, you can also lean on the expertise of your service provider because most cloud vendors have helped countless other companies through similar transitions.

• Flexibility to Subscribe to the Features Right for You - With cloud services, you have the ability to mix and match user profiles and subscribe to the specific features you want. This means you never waste money paying for features you don’t use or feel stuck in your purchase. Your cloud communications solution will evolve along with your business, providing you with the flexibility to grow and evolve on your own terms.

• Smarter Use of Internal Resources - A system provider with cloud expertise can help you make better use of your internal IT resources. With a cloud deployment, applications are hosted remotely and maintained by the provider, relieving IT of most or all network-related tasks. The business then consumes the services on a subscription basis rather than owning the infrastructure. In this model, the cloud provider manages the extra workload while allowing your IT team to focus on the initiatives that drive revenue for your business.

• Gain the Buy-In You Need to Move Forward With Other Cloud-Based Solutions - For any deployment to be successful, it must have buy-in from users. By focusing on your phone system early in your migration, you can introduce employees to the cloud’s many time-saving, productivity-enhancing benefits. As their comfort grows, your ability to transition other systems and processes to the cloud will become easier. A provider with a reputation for excellent customer service and training options will help you quickly get buy-in from your employees.

For many of today’s businesses, a move to the cloud is just a matter of time. Choosing a phased approach with an early focus on your phone system is a smart choice, and tapping the expertise of a cloud phone service provider can make it an even smarter one.

Contact me for more information at Steve@TopSpeedData.com

Before you buy Cloud!

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BEFORE YOU BUY CLOUD, READ THIS!

If a supplier walks into your office and tries to sell you a cloud solution, just say “no.”  Cloud solutions are not to be sold.  They are to be discovered.  

The reason that CEOs of major corporations are giving the direction to “go to the cloud” is because it makes good business sense.  It makes sense on a competitive front to utilize cloud solution technology to deliver better services to your clients faster than your competition.  It makes sense economically to pay as you grow (operational expense) and not pay for unused capacity (capital expenditures).

In today’s market, moving to the cloud is not just about migration, or which vendor, carrier or supplier to use – it’s about a ‘Strategy’. 

How will you move your relative services to the cloud? 

What are the critical applications you need on premise, and what will be best managed by someone else in another cloud environment? 

The May featured Supplier of the Month is Evolve IP.  They ARE a ‘Strategy’ company. Think of them as Unified Communications as a Strategy. Desktop as a Strategy, X as a Strategy. They can help you create & develop a customized strategy for your business needs.

If you would like more information about Top Speed Data's Supplier of the Month EvolveIP,  click Download Now »  to find out more.

Don't Be A Server Hugger

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DON’T BE A SERVER HUGGER

According to Gartner, by 2019 30% of enterprises will connect to clouds via direct connect solutions (WAN and cloud interconnect), up from 5% today. That’s a 600% shift in only two years!

Many leading cloud providers recognize the need for enterprises to connect their hybrid infrastructure, and have started to productize a direct, dedicated connection between private and public cloud environments. Rather than connecting to a cloud provider over the public Internet, direct cloud interconnect allows a company to establish private connectivity between a data center colocation environment and their cloud provider through a cross connect within the same environment.

In addition to a standard one-to-one direct connection, select colocation providers are now offering cloud exchanges. Cloud exchanges allow an enterprise to establish a single connection to multiple clouds through an Ethernet switch. This brings further efficiencies to a multi-cloud hybrid environment.

The relationship between enterprises and the cloud is constantly changing. What does not change is the need to measure the value technology investments bring to the business. Cloud interconnect provides several advantages to connecting over the public Internet. This is most easily broken down to five key indicators.

The 5 advantages to direct connect solutions are security, performance, reduced costs, reliability, and ease of doing business. To find out more, please click HERE to download a free e-book.

CoreSite offers private data center space with direct cloud interconnect solutions to all 4 of the major public providers – AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and IBM Bluemix. This solution provides dedicated access to these platforms, reducing costs and increasing performance of your hybrid cloud system. To find out more about CoreSite, our CARRIER OF THE MONTH please see the two-minute video below…