Cloud Services

By now, you’ve certainly encountered the term “Cloud Services” and may have wondered what exactly they are and, more importantly, how they can benefit your business.

Cloud Services refer to any service where you access your data virtually rather than directly storing the information on your own computer or server. Some examples of Cloud Services are Pandora (music “in the cloud”) or Netflix (movies “in the cloud”) or Dropbox (storage “in the cloud”).

These services typically reduce expenses since they do not require any hardware (no more CDs, DVDs or large filing cabinets) and they also increase efficiencies since they can be accessed from anywhere.

At CCM, we know that this same concept is now penetrating the business world, and especially telecom and IT services. Just a decade ago businesses had to purchase, store and continually maintain and upgrade large, expensive phone systems in their telco closets.  IT professionals had to procure, configure, maintain and fix expensive and fragile servers and server rooms.  Thanks to Cloud Services, those days are now gone and will soon be forgotten.

Below are some examples of Cloud Services that CCM is experienced in helping companies with:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS) – Online banking is an example, as are Salesforce.com and GoToMeeting
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – virtualized servers, computing on demand, cloud storage and data backup
  • IT as a Service (ITaaS) – Outsourcing IT support, streaming all applications from the Cloud, “virtual desktop”
  • Communications as a Service (CaaS) – Hosted VoIP, Unified Communications, Conferencing solutions

Some of the biggest benefits to Cloud Services that CCM’s clients have received are:

  • Reduced or eliminated up-front capital costs
  • Economies of scale
  • Increased flexibility and scalability
  • Pay-as-you-go options available
  • Greater efficiencies
  • Expanded accessibility
  • Ease of monitoring and reporting
  • Speed of installation
  • Safety/protection of your data
  • And many more!

Interested in learning if Cloud Services might be a right for your business? Contact CCM today for a complimentary evaluation.