“You gain the ability to work and access your data and applications from anywhere and save thousands on deployment and maintenance costs.”
What is the Cloud?
It is very hard to separate the concept of the physical computer from what the computer actually does. A computer is nothing more than processing power, memory, and storage. As businesses and technology advances, so does the need for more storage, more memory, faster processing… however none of us appreciates the need for this frequent capital expense, especially for an item that depreciates so quickly and is worth nothing at the end of its life.
RainTech has taken all the risk and bulk of the expense of that capital purchase and moved it to our acclaimed data center, from which we now deliver your Information Technology as a service. And this data is dispersed for redundancy to avoid a single point of failure. Your desktops, applications and data are now delivered fast and secure to anywhere in the world.
As such, the server and server room disappears. It is provided, in IT terms, from the “cloud” .
Why should I move my business to the Cloud?
From an accounting standpoint, you eliminate the capital expense incurred with a new server (or servers) and deployment, along with the required operating systems, licenses and common applications like Microsoft Office. Instead, you transition into an operational expense that you can plan and budget for.
From a technology standpoint, you no longer need to worry about server hardware failures, offsite backup, and expensive maintenance fees. You get rid of hardware and software obsolescence by maintaining the latest versions of the programs and features you need. You don’ t worry about upgrades every 5 years because we do them every 2-3 years.
From a business standpoint, you avoid costly downtime and the need to maintain application updates across multiple systems. You gain the ability to work and access your data and applications from anywhere and save thousands on deployment and maintenance costs.
Is Cloud less expensive?
When you take into consideration the cost of hardware, power, software licensing, setup, support, maintenance, downtime, and add the benefit of location flexibility and business continuity, most companies realize a MINIMUM savings of 30% while others greatly exceed that!
What about speed of Cloud Computing?
For the most part, services performed in the cloud are faster than on your current network infrastructure. That is because there is no data travelling “across the wire” . All of the computer desktops and applications are stored on the same infrastructure, so access to data is immediate, unlike a local network which often has to send data across the network cables.
Do I still need my desktop when I move to the cloud?
You can access your cloud services from any device. That includes your current desktop, a “thin client” , your home Mac/PC, your smartphone or tablet.
Is my computer infected?
Question: So I’ve been working from my house today, I have an HP, about 5 years old, with Windows 10 and I browse through Google Chrome. I just got hit by a scam. I had a pop up stating that my computer was blocked and I had to call Microsoft (they gave a bs number of 855-208-9736), but then also a window popped up in the lower right of my screen asking me to speak with “Benji” from Tech Support with an Employee ID of MCT905.
Answer: This is fairly common, and is ‘usually’ a result of a compromised website, not an infected computer. However, just to be safe, here’s what I would do:
Click the Start button in the lower left, then type ‘Check for Updates’ and hit enter. Make sure that it says ‘No updates are available’, or click the ‘Check for updates’ button and install all available updates.
Go to https://malwarebytes.com, click ‘For Home’, and then click the ‘Free Download’ button, install it and let it run a full scan. Tell it to remove anything it finds, but keep in mind that things it refers to as ‘Potentially Unwanted’ are generally fairly benign, so don’t be too alarmed if those show up in the scan.