2012 June - Cloud & MS

Cloud Computing and the Managed Services Solution

Every day we hear more and more people talking about "the cloud" and it's pretty clear that they aren't talking about the weather.  The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet.  For decades engineers have drawn a cloud to depict a network, such as the Internet, whose inner workings were unknown to them.  From there cloud computing evolved as a term to describe the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data and run applications, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

Simply put, applications live "in a cloud" on the Internet rather than being installed on your own premises.  This approach frees you from the need to install and run the application simplifying maintenance and support.  Cloud providers install and operate software in the cloud; cloud users are able to access the software in real time, at will, and from anywhere .

Cloud Computing and Cost Cutting 

Cloud computing has revolutionized opportunities for businesses in various ways.  Mainly, cloud computing offers the way to save money: no longer does a business have to maintain hardware, servers, software and upgrades.  Businesses are able to run the applications they need without having to use internal services - that greatly reduces power usage and costs.  Hard drives freed up produce faster processing speed, the ability to integrate applications, and faster communication abilities.  Less computer maintenance in-house cuts the costs of in-house IT staff.  The benefit of cutting costs as a result of cloud computing has become a critically important tool for all business owners.

Storing files on a secure, reliable, cloud-based service helps eliminate backup worries and gives you anytime access to your files.  Usually cloud-based services are simple to use - the only things you need are a browser and an Internet connection. Additionally cloud-based services require no maintenance from the user allowing more focus on core business.

Software as a Service (SaaS) 

As businesses switch from company-owned hardware and software assets to per-use service-based computing, a logical companion has also evolved - Managed Services.  This tool lets you offload specific IT operations to a service provider, like GraceBlood, also known as a Managed Services Provider (MSP.)  The MSP assumes ongoing responsibility for monitoring, managing and/or problem resolution for selected IT systems and functions on your behalf.

Typical services provided beyond proactivlely managing and monitoring around the clock include:  alerts; security; patch management; trouble-shooting; data backup and recovery, and more.  Managed Services providers act as an extension of your IT department freeing up your IT staff to focus on higher-value projects and lets you focus on running your business with fewer interruptions.

The Managed Services solution has clear-cut advantages when considering EDI/B2B implementations.  Using Managed Services you would no longer need to invest in translation, mapping and communications software maintained on premise at your business.  All of those functions are performed in the cloud with integration files flowing to and from your ERP system.  You simply pay for what you use.  When your company's data is safely stored on secure data centers instead of your server room, you risk no damage from major or minor disasters, even power loss, at your office.  You are able to run your business from anywhere, any time, where you have an Internet connection. Larger storage capabilities and optimal power could help you compete more efficiently and economically.

Contact GraceBlood MS to find out if GraceBlood's Managed Services are the right fit for your business.

 

 

 



What GRACEBLOOD Clients are saying...

"GraceBlood was very helpful in getting us up and going with EDI for our new ERP system.  They were always willing to help in any way that they could.  EDI should be part of any company looking to reduce cost in the processing of invoices, purchase orders, remittances, PO acknowledgements and the like."

 

Steve - Marshalltown Tool Company, Marshalltown, IA