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Mastering Information Technology For Startups: How To Harness The Internet As Your Data Center

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Many small businesses are moving to the cloud as a way to remove the burden of managing an onsite data center. It is an easier way to deal with technology in a startup operation, and it saves you money. Pick the right cloud solution for your business and you'll never miss having an onsite computer room.

Types of Clouds

Much like Internet hosting services, cloud vendors maintain different types of cloud configurations. They primarily address your need for different types of security based on your budget. 

A public cloud is the least expensive option and it puts your business on the same hardware as other companies. You share servers, storage devices and network bandwidth. A private cloud isolates your business on its own hardware. Your capacity and bandwidth are not affected by other companies. This is the most expensive option. 

The hybrid cloud combines these two. Part of your business will be on a public cloud and another on a private cloud. Should your business handle work that requires extra security, you may segregate those projects onto the private cloud and retain your day to day business on the public cloud. If you do strictly government work or financial business regulated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, you may need to stay in the security of a private cloud.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

You can have a complete data center established in the cloud with no hardware onsite. PaaS is an option cloud venders offer to configure a hardware solution for your business including servers, storage devices and network devices. Access is through a network connection via the Internet. You and your staff can connect to your system any time and from anywhere. Mobile-centric startups appreciate this flexibility. It allows them to not rely on a large physical office space, preferring to allow employees to work at home or in a virtual office setting.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

All of the applications you need will run from within the cloud. The typical office software such as word processing and spreadsheets are cloud based in a SaaS configuration. Applications such as CRM, ERP, sales and order management, inventory, accounts payable and receivable can all be run in the cloud. Besides being accessible at all times, this saves you money on license fees and maintenance. The cloud vendor handles patches and updates. Many offer software help desks to assist your staff.

Internet and the Cloud Instead of a Data Center

The traditional roomful of computers in an office is giving way to using cloud-based hardware and software solutions. It reduces your overhead to have staff onsite to support the equipment and applications. It means that you and your employees have more time to focus on customer service and the growth of your business.

 

Information credit to MapADataCenter.com

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