Questions about “The Cloud” have changed over the years. Business leaders are very aware that the market is not short of products and resources utilizing the cloud. Queries are less about definitions but more about what’s new with cloud services and how it can drive revenue and a better margin. Adoption rates are no longer an issue for this market but executives are now asking, “What form of the Cloud is best for my organization?”

When determining what Cloud Solution will be the best for your business, 3 key factors need to be taken into consideration:

  • Short Term IT Budget
  • Long Term IT Budget
  • Most Benefited Industries

Explore the pros and cons of the following IT Solutions and how they hold up to the 3 key factors above:

Full – Cloud IT Infrastructure

Using our IT budget scale of low, medium or high investment, this solution typically scores Low to Medium in the short-term and Low in the long-term. In our experience, some of the industries that benefit the most from a Full Cloud IT Infrastructure are Finance, Construction, Nonprofit, Legal, Professional Services, Real Estate and Manufacturing.


Pros

  • Access to data anytime, anywhere from multiple devices
  • Small & medium-sized companies have access to enterprise-class technology
  • Increased productivity through cloud-based workflow and file sharing
  • Scalable solution

Cons

  • High-speed internet required
  • No on-premise solution

 

Hybrid – Cloud IT Infrastructure

Using our IT budget scale of low, medium or high investment, this solution typically scores Medium in the short-term and stay at Medium for the long-term. In our experience, some of the industries that benefit the most from a Hybrid Cloud IT Infrastructure are FinanceConstructionNonprofitLegalProfessional ServicesReal EstateManufacturing, and includes Retail and Oil and Gas.


Pros

  • Upgrade existing on-premise solution with cloud technology
  • Enhance existing cloud technology with an on-premise solution
  • Access to data anytime, anywhere from multiple devices
  • Small & medium-sized companies have access to enterprise-class technology
  • Increased productivity through cloud-based workflow and file sharing
  • Scalable solution

Cons

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Hardware investment

 

Traditional On-Premise IT Infrastructure

Using our IT budget scale of low, medium or high investment, this solution typically scores Medium in the short-term and Medium to High in the long-term. In our experience, some of the industries that benefit the most from a Traditional On-Premise IT Infrastructure are Oil and Gas, Government and Education.


Pros

  • Does not fully rely on internet access
  • Control over data security
  • Owned assets

Cons

  • Access to data is limited
  • Larger upfront capital expenditure

 

Cloud Services Defined

Cloud Services refers to a variety of resources provided over the internet, or to professional services that support the deployment of such cloud-based resources – like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

About NexusTek

NexusTek, an award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner, provides small and medium-sized businesses a trusted resource to optimize and manage their IT environments, ensuring business continuity and driving productivity. From managed IT services to cloud solutions and customized business software implementations, NexusTek employs top talent, offers personalized attention, and brings 20 years implementing technology best practices for companies across Colorado and the region. For more information: http://www.nexustek.com/

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