Understanding Cloud Computing
There is much talk of the cloud today but many business leaders’ understanding of this technology remains incomplete. The basic idea of the cloud is simple: your connection to the Internet physically runs from your office to a local central office. From there it is routed out into that loose collection of servers, computers and network resources that make up what we know as the World Wide Web. The aggregate of those resources plus other proprietary networks is poetically called the cloud.
The term as used today refers to a much more tightly focused segment of the cloud at large. Uses of this well-defined cloud are numerous and beneficial. And Oxford is here to help demystify cloud computing and open the doorway to this powerful resource for you and your company.
Cloud Jump Start Program
Oxford Consulting Group is a mid-Ohio leader in cloud computing consulting, and our cloud computing consulting services can show you how to leverage the power of this virtually unlimited resource.
Through our Cloud Jump Start Program, we provide consulting services that help your business get started in the cloud, quickly and cost-effectively. We look at how the cloud can help you reduce costs, improve productivity and protect your business in the following areas:
|Cloud-based solutions||We’ll help you understand which technologies and applications you are currently using are available in the cloud today, and determine if they would be a good fit for you.|
|Backup to the cloud||One of the most mission-critical functions offered in the cloud is off site data backup. Data stored in this fashion is probably safer than your local on site backups. There are multiple online backup services that exist today, and Oxford’s cloud computing consulting team can show you an array of cloud data backup solutions and help you find the best fit for your business paradigm.|
|Redundancy and disaster recovery||If the unthinkable happens and you cannot access your server, our cloud computing consulting team will have in place a disaster recovery plan. This proactive implementation will allow you to fully restore your server from the cloud. You will even be able to restore the contents of the machine to a new server in event of total hardware loss.|
|Email in the cloud||You might have an existing network and are hosting both email and applications on your server. We can show you how freeing those resources by locating them in the cloud will benefit your business productivity. Such a solution also allows more uniform access for your employees working from remote locations.|
|Servers in the cloud||A hosted server can be much more than one machine—it can be a powerful collection of computers joined together in service to you. We can help determine a solution that works for you.|
|Customer relations in the cloud||Using the same powerful group of computers can put new power into your CRM solution|
How our Cloud Consulting Services Work
Oxford Consulting Group’s cloud computing consulting services begin with a simple phone call. We can do an initial consultation in this direct fashion where we’ll discuss your needs and determine the next steps to get you started in the cloud. From basic definitions and enumeration of the benefits of the cloud, we’ll help you address your specific cloud questions and concerns.
We will follow that up with determining your readiness for the cloud and will explain the benefits of this technology. We will show you why the cloud is the right fit for you.
We’ll conduct a small assessment to understand your technology environment, and identify the gaps between where you are today versus where you want to go in the cloud. Then, we’ll help chart your course into the cloud.
We’ll then provide you with a customized cloud readiness report that outlines your short term plan of action, and based on your needs, a phased approach to migrating to the cloud.
From the first steps to the final implementation, we will clearly show you the preferred path for your business. That may be as simple as an immediate plan of action or as comprehensive as a phased migration into the cloud.
You will clearly have all the facts to make enlightened decisions. And from there you can take action on your own, or allow us to assist you in migrating to the cloud.
Oxford Consulting Group’s cloud computing consulting experts can show you how to minimize costs and financial impact of moving into the cloud. The cloud is an investment that is worth every penny.
Now Is the Time
With Oxford Consulting Group, you can quickly move beyond mere knowledge of cloud computing into using its power to expand your business. The cloud will no longer be a mystery but a trusted friend and business partner. Contact us today to get started.