What is the Cloud? Is it secure, reliable and cost effective? What happens to my data in the Cloud? These questions and many others are important considerations when investigating Cloud service options.
At IQ Technology Solutions we view the Cloud as a natural evolution of IT service delivery and the optimization of computing resources. Our Cloud strategy is continually evolving as new services, pricing and options come online. We are constantly testing solutions and developing operational expertise in Cloud service delivery, and are providing Cloud service solutions in a number of service categories including communication, collaborations, disaster recovery and hosted services.
Our Cloud partners include Microsoft, Axcient, Switch and many others. These industry leaders have the experience, facilities and operational capability to deliver enterprise class Cloud solutions.
For our clients we recommend a structured approach to the adoption of Cloud services. The first step is to define your service needs and operational requirements. If a Cloud solution is available that matches those needs a financial analysis and consideration of security, connectivity and business continuity should be determined. Once all of these factors have been defined a strategic decision can be made.
Some of the Cloud services that many of our small to mid-size business clients are deploying include the following:
- Hosted Microsoft Exchange email
- Backup and disaster recovery solutions
- Hosted Microsoft SharePoint
- Hosted IP telephony
- Security solutions including anti-virus, spam and intrusion prevention
- Software and hardware as a service solutions.
For our Managed Service clients we regularly review Cloud options as part of your technology portfolio. For other clients we engage in consulting and professional service projects to help define, deliver and manage Cloud solutions.
If you’d like to find out more about the Cloud, talk to us today.