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6 Reasons why you should move to The Cloud

A new technology that’s all the rage with businesses big and small, heckling all other technology in recent years is the Cloud computing technology. Amidst all of the commotion about it, it’s easy to lose track of what the technology does and why it’s so important. The Cloud offers steeled reasons to why people are dredging through the ins and outs of the Cloud. Let’s take a second to step away from all the commotion and take a look at the key benefits that Cloud computing offers.

 

1.   Automation

Easily one of the Cloud’s biggest benefits. Businesses do not need to set up teams that handle system updates, back-ups, or on-site security, as all of these tasks are done by the Cloud supplier. Automating these tasks frees up internal resources, as well as your customers’ time.

 

2.   Security

Following in the footsteps of automated back-ups, businesses using Cloud-based services have a disaster recovery plan. Your valuable data is protected through redundancy, and what that means, is that your data is no longer on one, central server, it’s on multiple servers across the world. This means that there will always be a way to restore the information you’ve lost.

In smaller scale, should you lose a laptop or flash drive containing important data, your data can now be restored through the Cloud. Your data can be accessed no matter what happens to a machine, without ever having to physically back it up yourself.

 

3.   Flexibility

And because your data is stored on multiple servers across the world, naturally you can access work-related information from anywhere, at any time. As long as you have internet access, you can work from anywhere, offering flexibility to travelling employees or for top-talent that work far from your businesses headquarters.

Should you have multiple operations across multiple continents, you can be assured that the files saved and used in your North American servers can be accessed from your European servers, allowing intercontinental flexibility and collaboration.

 

4.   Increased Collaboration

Not only does it save time, Cloud technology increases employee collaboration. With all of your files in one, central location, everyone works off of one, central copy. Companies that don’t use the Cloud must send files back and forth through email, making corrections to important documents in rotation.

With the Cloud, your employees can jointly work on the same document –no matter where they are- whilst chatting and making changes together. Because the file can be worked on at the same time by multiple people, no duplications of the file become generated.

 

5.   No Complications

All of the nitty gritty is done by your service provider, meaning all you need to do is install the Cloud. No need for new, additional hardware or software, and implementation is done remotely. Should you unexpectedly need more bandwidth, Cloud service providers can instantly increase the capacity of their servers, offering you the ability to quickly meet business demands.

 

6.   Environmentally Friendly

Because you’re only using the server space you need, your carbon footprint decreases. Using the Cloud results in a minimum of 30% less energy consumption and carbon emissions than using on-site servers. For small companies, the benefit is astronomical. The cut in energy use and carbon emissions is, on average, 90%.

 

The Cloud is redefining the way businesses are ran and how IT services are delivered. Your move to the Cloud is no longer a question of “when” but “how.” At Prototype: IT, we offer Cloud services which oversee all aspects of Cloud adoption, from the desktop, to the server, to your applications. Make sure you have power over your data. Give your business the flexibility it needs while reducing your total cost of ownership. Learn more.

5 Reasons to Consider a Managed Service Provider

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If you’re the owner of a business, chances are you’ve heard of Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and have wondered what the benefit is to outsource IT rather than build a self-sufficient, fixed team? To alleviate the internal IT strain, MSPs take over the management of your network so that you can focus on what matters most: your business.

From improved reliability and better budgeting, down to more proactive guard duty to basic efficiency, MSP’s are valuable in their own right. At Prototype: IT, we’re happy to be your service provider. Even more, we’re happy to stand alongside the following benefits that our service can bring to you.

1.   Efficiency

Most companies that look for our services have become adapted to the “firefighting” method of tracking, responding, and putting out events. Because of our matured toolsets, as a managed service provider, we’re able to proactively target and extinguish events, allowing recovery to begin immediately. Typically, the efficiency, time, and resources gained through managed services are so great that businesses are shocked over the actual inefficiency of their previous IT systems.

2.   Early Issue Detection

Not only are we proactively responding to events at a rate typically faster than your in-house IT, but most times we’re able to head them off at the pass. With our tools and software, we’re able to divert your system failures before you even realize them. Should an event be imminent, we’re able to foresee the event and plan and prevent it from occurring, saving you from unnecessary downtime and risk.

3.   Patch Management

When your staff is too busy working on, you guessed it, your business, patch management falls to the bottom of the priority pile. This can leave your company at risk of security vulnerabilities that may occur when your patches are outdated. While your employees are doing their duty, we’re updating your hard and software so that your workflow can continue to flow like honey.

4.   Infrastructure

When a company approaches a managed service provider, an unexpected benefit comes as periodic reviews. Service providers like us are constantly looking out for technical faults that might jeopardize your company’s productivity, and mitigating it is our job. Your outdated devices, OS upgrades, system updates, pretty much anything that needs to be done but are put on the backburner due to limited resources, are placed under our watch. We monitor these issues and bring them to your attention so that we can come to terms on how to resolve them before things become outdated.

5.   Budgeting

Planning for technology can be difficult when things can change in an instant. Before you know it, a computer or server crashes, and your budget is busted on unexpected repair costs. With a fixed monthly cost, managed service allows you to better budget your service costs as well as plan for the future, without any unexpected back breakers. When an event occurs, you’re already losing money. The last thing you want to do is have to spend money, too.

 

Do the above benefits resonate with your particular situation? Click here to learn more about how our services could help you.