Why Does Your Dallas Business Need Cloud Services?
It's an age old adage: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. There's a reason why sayings like that are tried and true. They have proven to be valuable lessons for us that keep us out of more trouble than anything. And while we agree with the saying, perhaps the better way to say it is this: are you sure it isn't broken?
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Why You Might Be falling Behind if you're not already in the cloud
So why does your Dallas-based business need cloud services if your on-premise infrastructure isn't broken? Even in 2020, when COVID-19 took the world by storm, we knew Cloud was going to completely revolutionize the way we stored and protected our data. Of course that makes sense in hindsight. COVID forced us into our homes and brought the workforce to us instead of the other way around. Back in 2020, Inc. predicted over 80% of businesses will be doing business in a private or secured public cloud for: Storage, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Mobile Device Management, and Virtual Desktops and Applications.
And boy were they right. As many as 89% of companies are using not just a single cloud but a multi-cloud approach and 97% of IT service providers intend to expand their cloud systems further. A report from the governor's offices said in Texas there are about 730 such firms employing more than 30,500 workers, proving that Texas is the No. 1 state in the country for cloud and data services jobs. Compared to the U.S. as a whole, the Texas labor force is also uniquely specialized in cloud and data services. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas’ employment in this IT services sector (15.8 percent) exceeds the national average
You do not want your business to fall behind, but you may not truly understand the benefits of cloud services in Dallas. What with Dallas’s reputation for frequent tornadoes, severe storms, grass fires, residual hurricanes from the Gulf, and floods, you should consider the consequences of moving into a mostly digital future without some form of hosted services. Eventually, you might realize that your traditional infrastructure is, in fact, broken. That's brings up the next question: what type of cloud should you migrate to?
Types of Cloud Services
These are the clouds that you see advertised by major distributors like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and others. Public Clouds range in price from free to a mid-range monthly fee. Although public clouds fit the needs of many everyday consumers, they do not offer the tight security and accessibility that businesses need to keep their competitive edge and secure their assets. Microsoft Azure is our recommended public cloud provider. We also recommend you pair that cloud service with a quality IT service provider to help manage that solution in case there is a accessibility or security issue.
Private cloud can be broken down into two categories: self-hosted private clouds or partner-hosted private clouds. Self-hosted private clouds have their servers onsite at the business and are maintained, serviced, and updated by their owner. Partner-hosted private clouds are created with a third-party, like your IT solutions provider. Instead of maintaining your own cloud servers, your cloud hosted services provider will have a dedicated set of servers for you in their own center. In other words, for a monthly rental fee, your business can enjoy the benefits of enterprise-level cloud hosted services in Dallas without having to maintain it yourself.
Hybrid clouds are a combination of both public cloud, private cloud, and dedicated servers working together in a holistic infrastructure environment. The infrastructure pools resources from all three hybrid cloud components, and it optimizes the way the organization uses its technical resources. Most modern enterprises require a hybrid cloud in order to meet the demands of the business.
What can the cloud do for you?
As years pass, the capabilities of the cloud have grown. The innovative new technologies to support data, applications, and storage in the cloud have only improved the cloud’s security, efficiency, and accessibility. Take a look at all of the things your business can do with cloud services in Dallas:
- Highly accessible offsite storage for disaster recovery and business continuity.
- Virtual desktops for anywhere, anytime access to your workspace.
- Provide a platform for a mobile device management strategy.
- Cloud video conferencing and seamless communications.
- De-duplicated data and application backup and storage.
- Pooling of resources like network, data center, communications, and workspaces.
In short, cloud services provide a manageable and scalable solution for many IT problems that used to be dealt with separately. Enterprise-level cloud is more than just a way to back up data, it opens doors to optimize the way you already do business.
Learn more About the Cloud in Dallas
Still wondering what the cloud could do for your Dallas-based business? We have an office location in Dallas with solution architects who want to guide you through that process. We proudly serve businesses like yours throughout the Dallas metro, and our cloud services in Dallas are designed to provide you with value that extends far into the virtual future.
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