Organisations today continue to face the challenge of supporting an ever more dispersed workforce – remote locations, remote employees, mobile users, customers and partners. Increased usage of a variety of bandwidth-hungry applications, some centralised, some accessed in the cloud requires a flexible and fluid infrastructure……….and there lies the problem.
As more applications move to the cloud, network performance becomes a major obstacle. If the network isn’t capable, performance suffers, and employee productivity drops and the cloud strategy stalls.
A robust infrastructure is needed for these new applications to work, but more importantly is a complete picture of what already ultilises available bandwidth, but also, what’s in the pipeline. Without a complete appreciation of the landscape, connectivity is a guessing game.
Many businesses have addressed emerging trends through actions to drive cost reduction and leverage IT adoption of cloud-style services.
The challenges and issues are in the transition from the current traditional IT to the new potential capabilities of cloud computing..
Return on Investment (ROI) is perhaps the most widely used measure of financial success in business. If you have a proposal to use cloud computing in place of in-house IT, this is how you and others will want to assess it.
How do you do this? What are the qualities of cloud computing that affect ROI?
ROI is the proportionate increase in the value of an investment over a period of time. It can be measured in a variety of different ways, but there are just four basic ways to improve it: decrease the investment, increase revenue, decrease costs, and make the return faster.
% SECURITY BENEFITS SINCE MOVING TO THE CLOUD
% HAVE CUT APPLICATION COSTS BY MOVING TO THE CLOUD
% REINVEST SAVINGS BACK INTO THEIR BUSINESS
HAVE REDUCED THEIR IT SPEND BY 25%
Source: : 2014 IDG Cloud Computing Study
The consequences of downtime can be grave for smaller companies and brands of all sizes risk losing customers forever if your services are inaccessible.
In our experience there's no single cause, which makes preventing downtime more of a challenge. Aging equipment and poor IT security are certainly likely to be a major factor but for those who rely on cloud-based services connectivity is crucial.
The average European company suffers at least 14 hours of IT downtime per year. What could two days of unscheduled downtime do to a business?
Source: Excell Blog
Your answer will no doubt depend on your type of business but no business wants their people sitting around being unproductive. Some could effectively lose a couple of days of revenue that they'll never recover, or for those who promise next day delivery or rapid response services the impact goes well beyond the immediate financial loss to result in dissatisfied customers who might not buy again in the future.
Most businesses we speak to haven't done the calculation to work out the impact and would probably be surprised if they did.
Businesses need to address three key areas: maintenance of their systems, IT security and connectivity.
Businesses should undertake a full impact analysis on all systems and processes, so the business can implement solutions that meet their Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO), if the worst should happen.
Clearly many SME businesses today still do not even have an effective disaster recovery (DR) plan and this should be the cornerstone of any mitigation planning.
Our infrastructure solutions provide a high availability solution, full replication, immediate failover and an alternative backup solution using a different route to the location.
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Is your network ready to cope with voice when you move away from ISDN?
SIP trunks are now a mature technology that business users can and do trust and depend on for business communications.
As more and more UK businesses outgrow their telecommunications solutions, they begin to look for an alternative that offers more flexibility, reliability and value for money.
SIP is cheaper on a per channel basis, more flexible in terms of what telephone numbers you can have and where you can have them, is quicker to install and can offer a very robust business continuity service that ensures your business never loses calls.
Availability is crucial. The Chairman isn’t particularly fond of having to reboot his phone. And he doesn't want his surveillance systems to fail. And most certainly isn’t interested in hearing why their point-of-sale systems are offline or why a manufacturing plant has had to shut down. So before IT professionals can expect to deploy business-critical applications across their networks, they need to be sure that the network is business-critical ready. It's not just about having a huge pipe; it's about delivering a complete facility that supplies applications consistently, reliably and securely.
Bandwidth: How much is enough?
Without the right amount of bandwidth in the network, real-time applications will grind to a halt. Finding what's right can be a challenge. Ensuring optimum performance on a minimal budget requires a good understanding of the behavior of the applications running over the network.
‘The Cloud’ offers unprecedented control in allocating resources dynamically to meet the changing needs of your business. According to Gartner; Cloud comprises economic advantages, speed, agility, flexibility, infinite elasticity and innovation. And then asks; How will you phase your organisation into Cloud Computing?
Whatever your aspirations and objectives are toward Cloud Services, Excell offer you guidance and support towards choosing a private, public or hybrid service.
Our consultancy will help you understand the technologies, support and service options currently available and advise the future roadmap appropriate to support your decision making process.
Cloud Computing isn’t a quick fix. It requires a lot of thought: which approach is most appropriate for your company?
% OF BUSINESSES SAW A REDUCTION IN IT COSTS