What is keeping your business from moving up to the cloud? Our team of engineers will help you remove roadblocks and take down barriers.
Many business owners love the idea of getting IT out of the building—whether it’s because they don’t like the noise that servers make or the space they take up in their offices, or because IT is a part of business operations that’s time-consuming and frustrating. If only managing IT was as simple as buying services from a utility.
Now that the cloud is here, technology has, in fact, advanced to the point that it’s possible for IT to be a utility!
This is why there are so many ‘as a Service’ offerings. There was Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service, and now there is IT as a Service—the final step in the evolution of ‘as a Service’ offerings, including comprehensive packages that contain all the IT services you need to keep your business running and growing.
So, what’s holding you back? Printing? Legacy business software? Relying on individual PCs that have special needs? A lack of reliable Internet connectivity? You’re not alone in facing these problems. Many manufacturing businesses share them, and many lack the time or expertise it takes to resolve them on their own.
That’s why CNS Partners is proud to offer cloud migration services. We understand the common challenges that manufacturers face when it comes to moving IT infrastructures to the cloud, and we’re committed to finding the right solutions. Whether you end up choosing a private, public, or hybrid cloud architecture, we’re confident that we can help you lower your expenses and improve reliability—all at once.
There are good reasons that everyone’s going to the cloud. Let us help you take advantage of its many benefits too.
Our cloud migration services are among our most in-demand offerings. We have deep experience in core IT infrastructure, which is a key building block for all cloud services. We’ve also spent more than a decade learning to resolve the issues typically associated with cloud migration.
When we engage with a company to help them plan a cloud migration project, we first seek to understand their key business objectives. Keeping the focus on business goals lets us be confident that the solution we put in place will improve the organization’s overall performance once the migration is complete.
The earliest stages in the process include a review of your current systems, input sessions with business and operational leaders, and a technical review. Then we build a complete cloud migration plan, outlining all service elements and the budget in detail. Once we get approval, we’re ready to speed your journey to the cloud. Over the course of the project, we communicate often and offer frequent updates to leadership on the project’s status.
There’s still a great deal of confusion about the exact meaning of “cloud.” The industry has only itself to blame for this. “Cloud” means nothing more than taking the servers you have today—either the exact same ones or their equivalent—and relocating them to a data center. You can think of the data center as a kind of hotel for servers.
A major benefit of the cloud is that the data center where the servers are located offers complimentary services—such as physical security, redundant power supplies, Internet connectivity, HVAC, and fire protection—that are far superior to what you could afford to provide in a typical office building. In addition, providers can consolidate hardware. This makes access to computing power much more economical, makes it far easier to protect against outages, and makes services readily scalable.
Regardless of whether they’re on-premises or in the cloud, poorly implemented or misconfigured systems can cause your businesses numerous problems. If it’s well configured, a cloud infrastructure should be more secure than on-premises systems, and your IT resources will be more accessible to employees. This is because cloud providers have the budget for more sophisticated security measures than individual businesses do, and because professionals can provide more careful monitoring and better administration.
o. In fact, most businesses move some parts of their IT infrastructures to the cloud first, and leave those that are more difficult to migrate for later. Important terms you should know are “public cloud,” which means using one of the major providers—like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or the Microsoft cloud, Azure—and going with a cloud platform that doesn’t include management or configuration services; and “private cloud,” which often means using a smaller provider who offers servers that are purpose-built for your business. A third option is “hybrid cloud,” which is either a mix of public and private clouds or combination of on-premises systems and public or private cloud. There are many options to choose from. If your solution is architected by a qualified and trustworthy IT professional, you can be confident that it will be designed to fit your specific business needs.
We have found that, although some economies of scale do exist, the simplest math is this : Take the total active storage space in use by your servers (let’s say 1TB for our example). Because you need both on- and off-premises storage, and the storage required for backups is roughly 3:1, you’ll need 3TB for backups. A good rule of thumb is $0.10/GB/month or $300/month for your 1TB. Because there is hardware involved, we offer this kind of pricing with a three-year agreement. That price includes everything—licensing, on-site hardware, cloud storage, management, reporting, and emergency services.