Cloud Computing

Why Move to Cloud Computing?

We’ve all heard this popular term or even know someone whose company has embraced it…. But is the cloud right for your business? In its most basic sense, cloud computing enables users to run programs from the internet that traditionally would’ve run from an application installed locally on their computer.

Most clients are rightfully cautious when adopting new technology, especially when it comes to keeping their data secure. Previously, a server room of expensive equipment was the only option. This is no longer the case. Utilized correctly, cloud computing helps businesses on multiple fronts.

Here are eight benefits of cloud computing.

  1. Accessibility

Applications and company data are accessible whenever and wherever you or your employees need them. Utilizing desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets – anything with an internet connection – you’re no longer limited to one physical location. Your programs and data are available from the office, home, while traveling – anywhere.

  1. Immediate Data Updates

Most cloud providers synchronize data changes as they occur so others can see the updates almost immediately. This is especially helpful for co-workers who need to share data in real time.

  1. File Versioning

Depending on subscription levels, many cloud providers offer file versioning for a period of time (i.e., 30 days). This allows you to undo saved changes or restore a file if it gets corrupted by going into the archive list and reinstating a previous copy.

  1. User Permissions

With cloud computing systems, it’s easy to limit access to data through the implementation of granular user permissions. Users can only view and interact with files that their permissions allow them to access.

  1. Data Redundancy

The cloud essentially enables users to have multiple copies of their data—a local copy and a copy in the cloud. If you experience a device failure, no problem! Your files are immediately available by logging into the cloud environment on the internet. Once the failed device is replaced, your data synchronizes back to you from the cloud copy to the new hardware.

  1. Popular Software Integration / User Collaboration

Many cloud providers now offer direct software integration with popular productivity suites such as Microsoft Office, providing easy ways for teams to collaborate on projects that share files stored directly on cloud drives.

  1. State-of-the-Art Data Centers with No Capital Expense

Commercial, enterprise-level cloud providers store your data in very secure data centers on redundant hardware in multiple locations. This would be cost prohibitive for most businesses to implement and maintain on their own.

  1. Security

Another benefit to having your data in the cloud is the peace of mind gained from knowing your files are secure. If something were to happen to your PC or laptop, such as theft, you can remotely wipe the hard drive the next time it connects to the internet and safeguard your company’s sensitive data.

If you’d like to explore the potential of cloud computing for your business with one of Anderson Technologies’ IT specialists, please give us a call at 314.394.3001 or send us an email to info@andersontech.com.

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St. Louis IT Experts Assist Financial Firm for Over 15 Years

For deep-value investing firm Towle & Co., it pays to have St. Louis IT experts advising them on the computer systems running their business. Towle & Co. has worked with Anderson Technologies for over 15 years, seeking advice whenever technology changes or industry requirements demand it. When you pay for professionals to plan your entire network, you can be confident your systems are properly configured.

Joe Bradley explains, “In IT, you’re totally exposed to whoever comes in, so trust is paramount. Anderson Technologies is a trusted resource — we can trust them completely.”

A few years ago, Anderson Technologies helped Towle & Co. move their file and application servers to an industry-specific cloud-based solution. Regulatory requirements were changing, and cloud-based systems offered improved reliability and redundancy. Towle & Co. wanted to maintain client data security while ensuring regulatory compliance and turned to the St. Louis IT experts at Anderson Technologies to help investigate options that best supported these needs.

After a successful cloud migration, Towle & Co. still had local computing infrastructure to maintain, and Anderson Technologies configured it for maximum long-term performance. While a server typically lasts between three and five years prior to being upgraded, many small businesses look to stretch their investments by extending the service life of their equipment. Anderson Technologies understands this fiscally prudent approach and helps its clients take full advantage of equipment investments while guarding against potential complications that might arise from such a strategy.

Last year, Towle & Co. experienced a hard drive failure on a seven-year-old server. Anderson Technologies had architected the server with a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) subsystem. As a result, Towle & Co. did not suffer a second of downtime — or lose a single file. The system continued to operate properly until the issue could be permanently addressed.

Towle & Co. chose to invest in Concierge Services for this new installation. Thus, after turning up the replacement server, the St. Louis IT experts at Anderson Technologies reconfigured every workstation so staff wouldn’t experience any difference in their workflows. They preserved all users’ local desktop customization, maintained internet favorites for each browser, and mapped printers correctly. There was no interruption to employee work.

To avoid the potential headaches that come from server failures, the safest and most cost-effective solution is to invest in Managed Tech Services to monitor systems. It’s easy to ignore maintenance issues, but this approach results in more frequent equipment malfunctions. All small businesses should regularly audit current systems to ensure proper security measures are in place, review performance, and establish an appropriate data backup strategy.

If you are currently struggling with a computer challenge, we’d love to help! Please either call us at 314.394.3001 or complete our Contact Us form online.