Cloud Solutions for Business
When it comes to Cloud solutions for business, the sky’s the limit!
But what is the Cloud?
In simple terms, Cloud solutions are service options that allow us to utilize off-premise computing power in much the same way we make use of utilities. We don’t have to pay for installing, hosting and supporting these business functions, but we instead pay only for the server space or the portion of the application that we are using as part of a Cloud solution. Some of the most commonly used Cloud services today are:
- Gmail, Hotmail or other free e-mail accounts
- NetSuite, Salesforce
- Constant Contact, Exact Target, AWeber or other e-mail broadcasting services
- Zoomerang, SurveyMonkey and other survey tools
- All things Google (search, AdWords, maps, etc.)
The benefits of moving to the Cloud are real, and the odds are good that your business is in a position to realize some advantage offered by a cloud-based solution. Smart businesses are learning how to make the Cloud work for them, whether that’s by taking advantage of some of the cost-savings available with Cloud solutions, a move away from physical servers, better service to off-site team members or just having the ability to remain nimble as business scales up or down.
While the Cloud benefits are real, so is the confusion and conflicting advice that often surround this emerging technology. That’s why when you are evaluating Cloud solutions, it’s important to partner with an IT firm like Corsica that will objectively evaluate your specific business needs and help you to ask the critical questions and look at the pros and cons to determine what solutions are right for you.
Whatever your goals, Corsica can help you navigate the many Cloud-based options out there and make them work for you.
Windows Server Projects
As your business grows and changes in order to continue to meet the needs of your customers, your IT systems will also need to grow and change along with it. Likewise, as technology advances, you will want to regularly evaluate your systems to make sure you are getting the most value possible out of your investment in IT systems and specifically your Windows Server.
vBut do you often find that you don’t know what you don’t know as it relates to managing your servers? Our staff of professional technicians is here to provide objective insights on trends within the industry, and alsolook for ways that you can take advantage of new technologies to improve your business operations. And in some cases, that means continuing with your network as-is, because not every business needs to jump onto every new technology.
Managing your Windows Server or Other Server
When it’s time for a Windows server project in your office, we’ll help advise you on what factors to consider, what questions to ask, and help manage the process from start to finish so that your business doesn’t miss a beat.
A server can enable a business to securely centralize files for your team to access, either from within the office or remotely. Printers on the network can also be hosted by the Windows server to make it easier for end-users to find and connect to other printers when necessary.
Servers also improve the management of your IT systems through centralization of User Accounts and Passwords, Line of Business Applications, Backups, Email, Calendars, Contacts, AntiVirus, and AntiSpam.
Windows Server Project: Virtualization
One increasingly popular server project is virtualization. In simple terms, this is when a physical server is divided into multiple virtual isolated environment. Essentially, the server is compartmentalized to house more than one individual server, and each one thinks that it is operating in a stand-alone environment.
Server virtualization can be used for many reason, but the most common are to eliminate server sprawl, to make more efficient use of server resources, to improve server availability, to assist in disaster recovery, testing and development, and to centralize server administration.
While each business case should be considered carefully for its unique needs and set-up, here are some of the reasons why it’s smart to consider server virtualization:
- Cost-savings: Virtualization reduces the number of servers you have to run, which means savings on upfront hardware costs and costs to maintain and/or replace them, as well as on the total amount of energy needed to run and coolthe hardware.
- It’s a good way to go Green: Virtualization is a green technology all the way. Energy savings brought on by widespread adoption of virtualization technologies have a very positive environment impacting, reducing the need to build new power plants and therefore helping to conserve resources.
- It reduces system administration work: With server virtualization, system administrators would not have to support so many machines and could then move from firefighting to more strategic administration tasks.
- It maximizes hardware usage:Did you know that the typical utilization rate of a server is about 15%?With virtualization that increases to about 80%.
- It makes software installation easier: With software vendors tending more and more towards delivering their products preinstalled in virtual machines (also known as virtual appliances), much of the traditional installation and configuration work associated with software will disappear.
Whether your business is in need of a new Windows server or other server, an upgrade, a refresh, or are considering virtualization, we are confident that Corsica Tech is the right choice for your server project.
Office 365 Migration: Move Your Business Forward
Imagine getting work done from anywhere with tools that are as affordable as they are flexible.
Staying competitive in business means keeping up with technology. But does it have to be complicated or expensive?
Not when you choose Office 365.
With Office 365 you get a product that is affordable, flexible, accessible anytime and anywhere, low maintenance and capable of providing business-class support to your entire team.
With Office 365, you’ll have a familiar Office experience available on the devices that you use the most – and you can use Office 365 on the Web and from more than one device. Everything comes with you – including your settings – so you can pick up right where you left off…meaning you’ll always have everything you need to work from just about anywhere.
“When our email server crashed, we needed a reasonably priced product that could be up and running fast. Outlook in Office 365 is a user-friendly solution that gives us quick access to our emails from anywhere. The set up and overall functionality are very easy. I especially like the Admin app, which I can use to monitor the health of the company’s program and track our user licenses from my smartphone. Overall it has been a seamless transition from using Outlook Exchange to Outlook in Office 365.”
-Christine Eggert, Office Mgr/IT Mgr – Celator Pharmaceuticals
Here are some of the features of Office 365:
Get it done on any device. You can edit or share files on your phone, or even work together with teammates on a presentation right from your tablet. That’s because Office 365 provides access to everything you need to get things done, with convenient apps that work seamlessly across multiple devices. Even better, the apps can be downloaded on more than one computer or device.
Work anywhere, anytime. Not in the office? No problem. With Office 365, you have access to the most up-to-date version of the files and tools that you need from anywhere on virtually any device. So you can always get work done, online or offline.
Online document storage and file sharing. With Office 365, you’ll get a full 1TB of cloud space. So you have plenty of storage space for all your files, which are conveniently backed up in the Cloud. Sharing them is super easy too and any work done offline automatically syncs to your files once you are connected to the Internet again.
Business-class email without the on-premise hardware hassle. You’ll never have to buy an email server again with business-class email from Office 365! You can have professional email with mailboxes up to 50MB and a custom domain without maintaining your own email server. Your email will go with you wherever you go for increased productivity for your users and you can reduce expenses.
Get all the latest Microsoft Office product updates automatically. Not only will all of your users (finally) be standardized on what version of Office they are using, but updates – security and otherwise – are pushed automatically so you know that you are always working from the latest and greatest version of the Office suite.
“With Office 365, we benefit from having access to modern Office products that are familiar and easy to use for everyone in our very diverse office. And with it, our stuff just runs better, which is exactly what we needed.”
Jordan Weitzel, Profiles
Ready to move your business forward with Office 365?
Office 365 paneCorsica Technologies is a Microsoft Certified Partner, and not only do we have a ton of experience in setting up and managing Office 365 network environments for our customers, but we also use it ourselves. We can help guide you through the entire process and make sure that Office 365 is the right product for you. Just complete the short form below in the sidebar we will contact you right away!