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 Benefits of Cloud Computing


Cloud Computing has become mainstream over the decades, and for obvious reasons. Businesses have found it to be an efficient and cost-effective way of managing their computing needs, from servers and storage to networking and intelligence. It certainly gives your business a competitive edge and statistics show that up to 69% of businesses have already turned to cloud technology for some or all of their computing needs. According to a report from Dell, companies investing in cloud, big data, security, and mobility can enjoy 53% speedier growth in their revenues as compared to their competitors.


If you are considering options, here are 3 main benefits of cloud computing:

  1. Cost Optimization


Switching to the cloud does come with a price tag, and you might be among the 20 percent of organizations that are concerned about these initial costs. However, there are more factors that should be taken into consideration rather than just the initial implementation costs. Considering ROI can actually give you a clearer picture. Being able to get quick access to important company data helps you save money and time in your project startups.


Taking advantage of cloud infrastructure means that there is no need to buy and maintain expensive equipment. So, that brings your Capex costs down significantly. When all your company assets are on a cloud, you won’t have to spend on expensive hardware, utilities, facilities, or building a massive data center for your business’ growth. You can also cut down on staffing costs that would otherwise be needed for managing your data center operations. The staff at your cloud provider will offer expertise to manage the backend stuff for you.


The best part is that most providers offer pay-as-you-go cloud computing services. So, that means you’ll only be paying for resources that you’ll use. It also applies to the storage space required to serve the needs of your clients and stakeholders.


Taking all these factors into account, cloud computing does come with low costs and high ROI. Surveys have revealed that most of the IT leaders and CIOs report significant cost savings by switching to cloud-based applications.

  1. Enhanced Security


When switching to cloud computing, one of the biggest concerns is security. Many organizations are wary of security breaches and data misuse when looking for options to store their programs, files, and important data in a remote storage location. To be honest, cloud solution providers have come a long way to offer enhanced security to their customers. Today’s cloud providers take security very seriously, and they take security monitoring as a full-time job. The level of security you get in a cloud environment is certainly greater than what a typical in-house system can offer. Internal data theft has been a growing concern and, therefore, keeping sensitive company data offsite is the best choice.


Cloud-based solutions have strict security measures in place, from authentication and access control to encryption, and this helps keep sensitive information safe and away from the reach of hackers. Most organizations supplement these baseline protections with their additional security measures to keep everything safe and secure.

  1. Scalability


One of the best things about cloud solutions is that they are scalable and allow organizations to quickly and efficiently scale their IT departments up/down depending on their changing needs. Cloud-based solutions can easily cater to the growing bandwidth demands of your business without requiring you to invest in any kind of physical infrastructure. This type of agility certainly gives businesses that rely on cloud computing a serious competitive edge. This scalability also reduces the risks often associated with operational and maintenance issues of in-house data center management. Cloud-based solutions ensure that you have the best resources available at your disposal without any up-front investment.


With these key benefits, and many more, cloud computing is becoming a new trend with an increasing number of companies choosing cloud-based solutions every year. So, it’s high time that you look into your options and switch to the secure, scalable, and cost-effective cloud infrastructure to gain that associated competitive edge.

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Is your business ready to take the leap into edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions? Micropac partners with Scale Computing to help our clients achieve their IT expansion goals.  Recently, the manufacturing industry has tremendously benefitted from new technology enabling them to optimize operations with self-healing, automated infrastructure for all applications on the plant floor and beyond.


“The manufacturing industry has undergone transformational changes on so many fronts this past year – from supply chain challenges, to shifting product demands, to being an increasing target of cyber-attacks,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing. “Plants of all sizes require easy to deploy and manage, localized compute infrastructure technology that is secure and resilient. Our HC3 Edge Computing solutions enable manufacturers to optimize their operations across the globe with self-healing, automated infrastructure that helps them grow.”


Utilizing the newest compute platform, manufacturing firms across all industries can deliver improved plant management, monitoring, security, productivity, and lower TCO, while keeping critical data and teams safe. Scale Computing HC3 software and appliances free IT teams from the complexity and costs of traditional IT, allowing them to focus more on furthering business needs.


Harrison Steel Castings
 recently benefitted from implementing these measures.  They are a world leader in the production of highly engineered carbon and low/medium alloy steel castings and operates electric arc furnaces and other precision machinery across a 650,000 square foot factory floor. Networking these machines was cost prohibitive, so staff previously resorting to using USB drives for data transfer. Implementing Scale Computing HC3 Edge solutions has helped the company address the outdated and unreliable systems previously in place that were preventing growth and slowing down business.


Shane Rogers, IT director at Harrison Steel Castings Company, noted, “Previously, our IT infrastructure was frequently running out of memory, failing to function properly and requiring frequent maintenance. With HC3, the system is so simple to operate, it runs on its own. It greatly improves reliability, reduces complexity, and gives us the ability to grow our IT infrastructure. We have a lot of big projects on the horizon, and we’re excited by how much closer they are to achieve now. We are set up for greater success knowing we can set up HC3, and it will run on its own without much oversight. This enables us to help our customers and focus on providing them with high-quality cast solutions.”


If your manufacturing business is ready to look at modern IT solutions contact Micropac today to set up a free consultation.

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It’s a common problem that affects businesses of all shapes and sizes—cybersecurity attacks are on the rise faster than budgeting can be accommodated for IT spend. All IT leaders are facing the challenge of addressing privacy concerns, protecting data, validating their IT spend and securing the fortress. As long as you don’t get hacked or sued it seems the job is successful—but how do you define the true ROI of IT security?


In this 2021 paradigm, a few trends among IT leaders are emerging:


Metrics
: Businesses are requiring more proof of spend. This means IT leaders are moving towards heavier analytics and reporting. How is the infrastructure measured in relationship to it’s effectiveness towards compliancy, business continuity and value in the business framework.


Cloud Spend
: As more businesses move to cloud-based solutions to secure critical digital assets, they are also demanding cloud providers demonstrate the efficacy and integrity of their security systems and controls. This has created a new market for AI driven Cloud Optimization which minimizes waste on overall spend.


Regulatory Compliance is 
Increasing: What began with the EU’s GDPR (public data and privacy protections) has expanded into many states passing their own laws. California’s CCPA and Vermont passed similar legislation protecting user’s and fining businesses for poor safety measures and identity disclosure.  Many states are following with privacy and protection laws in the in the initial drafting stages hot on the heels of California’s legislative lead.


To avoid penalties (and customer attrition), businesses will need to demonstrate compliance with state, federal and sector-specific protections (like HIPAA and the Financial Privacy Act). Privacy-industry watchers also anticipate that leaders from areas of business not traditionally focused on cybersecurity, like finance and HR will have more authority in their firm’s cybersecurity investments and spend.


If your business needs assistance with IT and cybersecurity best practices contact MicroPac today.

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