Management IT is conventionally based on servers and PCs, equipped with software (accounting, invoicing, Office,…), all installed on the company’s premises.
Cloud computing is a different model where the company uses hardware and/or software resources located outside its premises.
In the most advanced form of cloud computing, the company has no hardware, no system software, no application software. It will use in the Cloud what it needs, on demand and will be billed on a per-use scale.
In the simplest form of cloud computing, the company buys its hardware and software and places it in a data center.
We are talking about the rental of:
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service): renting a virtualized server
- SaaS (Software as a Service): use of ‘ready-to-use’ software
- StaaS (Storage as a Service): external data storage
We quickly go over some of the advantages of the most commonly adopted Cloud solutions on the Quebec SME market.
Microsoft Office 365 has communication and collaboration tools. This is software that you can customize according to the needs of your business. This software comes with less complex versions of Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Full versions are also installed on your company’s network to allow you to access your files online. With cloud solutions,file users in your organization will be able to have direct access to your Microsoft applications.
Whether it’s businesses or experts, cloud solutions offer you a great alternative. Indeed, you optimize your efficiency by opting for practical measures since they allow you to adapt to the new requirements of the IT world. By way of illustration, the Microsoft Office 365 software is becoming an essential IT tool for setting up a good organization in your company.
Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, timesheet and expense as well as email signature. Microsoft SharePoint is a tool that stimulates teamwork which allows a company to achieve these goals. With SharePoint, you can share multiple files with your collaborators, your customers through a website.
To improve fluidity in conversations with your employees, Microsoft Teams is your best option. This tool allows you to make several calls (video and voice) and even organize video conferences with your employees. Therefore, you can, thanks to cloud solutions, call anywhere.
As for the time and expense sheet, it is a time and expense management tool incorporated into Microsoft Office 365. Email signature is the tool that will allow you to use logos, banners and links to social networks, etc.
Four tips to optimize your IT infrastructure
Here are 4 recommendations that will allow you to have an optimized IT infrastructure:
Tip 1: Streamline your IT infrastructure
Very often, more than 70% of the budget of an IT infrastructure is allocated to the maintenance and maintenance of the systems in place. By streamlining your IT infrastructure,you make your company’s server environment standard, simple and consolidating. It also allows you to develop a technique that aims to set up an effective and strategic platform. To do this, you need to define a new means of financing/delivery that is both cost-effective and discourages non-strategic spending. When you do this, you give your streamlining process a better chance of achieving the desired result. You can use external sources to benefit from agile and adapted technologies.
Tip 2: Make your IT infrastructure virtual
Virtualizing your IT infrastructure allows you to strategically and seamlessly manage your data center environment. This is because it allows you to keep multiple workloads running through the consolidation process to handle massive influxes of information. Regular system updates are performed using the current cloud architecture.
Tip 3: Move to the cloud
Compared to traditional IT solutions, cloud solutions are increasingly popular with multiple companies. This migration is an opportunity to rejuvenate aging infrastructure. Apart from this advantage, this passage offers you other operational advantages:
- Access shared resource pools;
- Enjoy specialized services;
- Save time and money.
Tip 4: Have a well-managed infrastructure
To make the most of the skills available, it is essential to have a managed infrastructure.
Having a managed infrastructure means opting for advantages at various levels:
- Use all available skills,
- Manage incidents,
- Manage network security and performance.
All the above-mentioned services are generally combined to boost the technology implemented as well as the improvements implemented.
Choose Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is a comprehensive collection of Microsoft that houses a diverse range of cloud computing services. In addition to being constantly expanding, these IT services are usable by companies, developers, government agencies. Anyone who wants to create an application or run an online business without using server hardware or software can also use it. Once boycotted by several companies, the cloud seems to be nowadays a very popular alternative.
In addition, Azure hosts the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaaS) business where cloud services replace physical hardware. There are also other options such as Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) that allow a company to have access to the cloud service without having to manage a physical server.
With Azure in your enterprise, you won’t have to buy, configure, maintain, and repair hardware before running workloads in the cloud. You will no longer have to deal with resource outages since they are virtual. A large enterprise can use Azure to store and transfer data confidentially to any region.