Frequently Asked Questions
The term “cloud computing” refers to the on-demand delivery of IT resources via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining your own data centers and servers, organizations can acquire technology such as compute power, storage, databases, and other services on an as-needed basis. It is similar to how consumers flip a switch to turn on lights in their home and the power company sends electricity.
Cost Savings: this is the biggest benefit of cloud computing. It helps you to save substantial capital cost as it does not need any physical hardware investments. Also, you do not need trained personnel to maintain the hardware. The buying and managing of equipment is done by the cloud service provider.
Strategic edge: Cloud computing offers a competitive edge over your competitors. It helps you to access the latest and applications any time without spending your time and money on installations.
Reliability: it is one of the biggest pluses of cloud computing. You can always get instantly updated about the changes.
Mobility: employees who are working on the premises or at the remote locations can easily access all the cloud services. All they need is an Internet connectivity.
Unlimited storage capacity: the cloud offers almost limitless storage capacity. At anytime, you can quickly expand your storage capacity with very nominal monthly fees.
Collaboration: The cloud computing platform helps employees who are located in different geographies to collaborate in a highly convenient and secure manner.
Due to its scalable and pay-as-you-go pricing, cloud computing is accessible to any type of business regardless of its size and business operations. Enterprises, Start-ups, Small to Medium businesses, and customers in the public sector can access the building blocks they need to respond quickly to changing business requirements.
In the era of rapid technological change, the cloud is not only useful for backup and storage, it’s key for future-proofing businesses and maintaining a competitive edge. Businesses moving mass amounts of data to the cloud can take advantage of the latest technology and move away from aging on-premises infrastructure, putting them at the forefront of innovation.
Migrating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) unlocks efficiencies and operational benefits that businesses never knew were possible. From lower costs to increased speed, AWS helps businesses focus more on core competencies and reimagine how they work and how they innovate.
Migrating to the cloud has far more strategic implications than simply changing the location of physical servers and is far more complex to evaluate than comparing two infrastructures housed in different environments. Every company is different, with unique business requirements, varying goals, and specific needs. Fortunately, there are some basic steps taken that can give you a general idea of what to expect in terms of overall cloud migration costs — particularly if it’s an AWS Cloud service.
- Inventory your current IT infrastructure: Once you have contacted us with your intention of migrating to the cloud, our team of experts will start by conducting an inventory of your current IT hardware and software assets. Here we will gather all asset specifications, performance data, and the details of all running processes and network connections. We use AWS’s Application Discovery Service to us better understand our client’s workloads.
- Determine the costs associated with your IT infrastructure: Next, we calculate the direct and indirect costs for purchasing, operating, and maintaining the assets in your IT infrastructure inventory. Direct costs include purchase prices, software licenses, and operational, maintenance, and administrative expenses. Indirect costs are the less obvious expenses such as lost productivity due to downtime.
- Calculate your estimated cloud infrastructure costs: We apply the Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator. It enables us to compare the cost of using AWS to the cost for housing your applications in an on-premises or traditional hosting environment.
- Estimate your cloud migration costs: The next step is to determine the costs associated with transferring your workloads to the AWS Cloud environment. We review the migration plan which will be inclusive of all the applications. The review will indicate which applications can be easily moved to the cloud, which may require redesign, and which may be best suited for other IT environments. A cost will be assigned for each scenario.
- Estimate the post-migration costs: Once the cloud migration is completed, there may be costs for continued integration and app testing. In addition, training, labor, security and compliance, administration, and other expenses related to the cloud could also emerge.
Also, keep in mind that one of the benefits of moving to AWS Cloud services is the cost savings. There’s potential for much more due to ongoing optimization after the cloud migration. For example, you’ll be able to take advantage of load-based auto scaling to deliver the right amount of resources as needed and then scale down when not needed to save money.
Unified Communications refers to the way different forms of communication tools in the digital workforce, interact and collaborate. It allows the user to have information easily accessible, irrespective of when or where it is accessed (home, work, in a car, on a train…), or on what device (laptop, tablet, smartphone…)
A Unified Communications solution effectively blurs the demarcation lines between the communication channels. For example, a user can receive a voicemail message and can choose to access it through email or any phone. The sender’s status can be seen through presence information, and if online a response can be sent immediately through text message or video call. Unified Communication comprises of the following:
- Voice and video calling
- Team collaboration
- Video Conferencing
- File sharing
…and so much more.
Better productivity: Teams can connect however they feel most comfortable, using any device or medium they choose
Reduced costs: Because UC systems operate on the cloud, they allow companies to shift away from a Capex model, to an OpEx strategy with fewer initial expenses
Stronger performance: Because employees can both communicate, and collaborate in an instant, they can solve customer problems faster, and improve your business reputation
Enhanced user experience: A good UC strategy can delight your employees and even reduce turnover in your organization, by giving people more freedom to work as they choose.
Unified Communication is a concept that appeals to businesses from almost any background, of any size. After all, one of the biggest issues that any company faces with communication, is that if they want to embrace the latest, and most efficient channels like video conferencing and instant messaging, using multiple separate applications can be expensive, time-consuming and overwhelming.
Today’s small businesses can benefit from things like video calling and instant messaging just as much as larger companies. At the same time, small firms are under increasing pressure to find not only a system that ties these different applications and services together but minimizes costs too. To compete, any small company needs to innovate quickly, communicate constantly and keep expenses low.