When you need to organize your business and protect your computers from outside threats on a set budget, Reliable Information Technology's cloud computing solutions can help.

Most likely you’ve heard all of the commotion around cloud computing and know that it’s the “Next Big Thing” in business technology. Yet, despite all of the hype, most businesses really don’t understand exactly what cloud computing is and what it could do to help them. “What are my options?” and “What is right for me?” are two of the top questions that I hear quite often. There are at least 4 types of cloud computing solutions for your business. Which one is right for you?

  1. Pure Cloud: This is where all your applications and data are put on the other side of the firewall (in the cloud) and accessed through various devices (laptops, desktops, iPads, phones) via the Internet.
  2. Hybrid Cloud: Although “pure” cloud computing has valid applications, for many it’s downright scary. And in some cases it is NOT the smartest move due to compliance issues, security restrictions, or performance issues. A hybrid cloud enables you to put certain pieces of existing IT infrastructure (say, storage and e-mail) in the cloud, while the remainder of the IT infrastructure stays on-premise. This gives you the ability to enjoy the cost savings as well as the benefits of cloud computing where it makes the most sense - without risking your entire environment.
  3. Point Solutions: Another option would be to simply put certain applications (like SharePoint or Microsoft Exchange) in the cloud while keeping everything else on-site. Since e-mail is usually a critical application that everyone needs and wants access to on the road and on various devices (iPad, smart phone, etc.), this solution is often a great way to get the advanced features of Microsoft Exchange without the cost of installing and supporting your own in-house Exchange server.
  4. Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud: A public cloud is a service that anyone can tap into with a network connection and a credit card. It is a shared infrastructure that allows you to pay-as-you-go and is managed through a self-service web portal. Private clouds are essentially self-built infrastructures that mimic public cloud services, but are on-premise. Private clouds are often the choice of companies who want the benefits of cloud computing but don’t want their data held in a public environment.

Our services are fully scalable and available for a flat-rate fee, which means you’ll never have to worry about an IT cost you can't cover. With no additional IT staff needed and no initial capital investment required, you can direct your cash to more important prospects that grow your business, and leave the little things to us.

When you sign up for Reliable Information Technology's professional cloud computing services, you'll find:

  • Security – Your business's vital systems and data will be protected from loss and even theft.
  • Service and Support – We’re accessible 24/7 to serve your needs, and we'll monitor your systems to prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
  • Data Protection – With our built-in data backup and secure data storage, you'll never have to worry about losing your data in the event of any disaster.
  • Tools You Can Use – We provide user-friendly, intuitive tools so that you can control and manage your systems.

Keep in mind that there is no “perfect” one-size-fits-all cloud solution for every business. All options have upsides and downsides. The best option for your business has to be determined on a case-by-case basis based on your company’s needs and business requirements.

Want a professional opinion to determine which option is best for your business?  Give us a call at 847-348-3381 to schedule your assessment. Talk to Reliable Information Technology today about making these cloud computing services in Chicago work for you.