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Are You Wasting Money on Cloud Services?

Are You Wasting Money on Cloud Services?

Cloud services have proven to be extraordinarily useful for businesses of all types. With an immense amount of options to choose from, businesses can get anything from AI to Windows in the cloud. With so many services available, sometimes businesses will pay for computing resources that they don’t use, cutting into their available operational capital. Today, we take a look at how businesses throw capital away by not keeping a close eye on their cloud-based resources.  

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Using the Private Cloud Adds Security to Your Databases

Using the Private Cloud Adds Security to Your Databases

Cloud-based databases are valuable for businesses on plenty of levels, but when you consider how much risk you expose your organization to by using a public cloud over a private solution, you suddenly start to realize that the ramifications could be far beyond repair. Compared to the public cloud, a private solution presents a greater opportunity for security, flexibility, and customization.

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Cloud-Based Communications Helping Businesses Boost Productivity

Cloud-Based Communications Helping Businesses Boost Productivity

The cloud is the perfect outlet for businesses to improve productivity, but the degree to which this statement is true depends on the business and how much it leverages the cloud. If you’re not sure if your business can be utilizing the cloud in a more efficient way, perhaps we can help you make this determination and improve the way you take advantage of this technology.

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Which Cloud-Hosted Solutions Will Work for Your Business

Which Cloud-Hosted Solutions Will Work for Your Business

These days, many businesses turn to hosted solutions to take advantage of services that they haven’t been able to use in the past. Whether it’s because they don’t have the staff to properly look after the services or they don’t have the in-house infrastructure for it, organizations continue to take advantage of hosted solutions to varying degrees. We’ll walk you through your options for whether you should build, rent, or buy your hosted solutions to best fit your business’ needs.

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Will You Be the Latest Business to Move Your Email to the Cloud?

Will You Be the Latest Business to Move Your Email to the Cloud?

The cloud helps many organizations expand their territories beyond simply the physical workplace. Employees can now access data and applications on any connected device. Your office can benefit considerably from cloud-based resources, with email in particular being a standout solution for the cloud.

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Cloud Can Cover Most of Your Business Needs

Cloud Can Cover Most of Your Business Needs

The traditional computing structure has been under siege by cloud computing for the past several years. More businesses than ever are seeing the value in cloud-hosted applications and infrastructure, and while that may not be a huge surprise, the perceptions that the cloud can solve any of your organizational computing problems depend largely on the needs of that endeavor. Today, we will take a look at successful small business cloud strategies and tell you why they find success.

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Can You Stay Compliant While Using the Cloud?

Can You Stay Compliant While Using the Cloud?

One of the inevitabilities of working with the cloud is that you have to face a tough question; what kind of compliance requirements are there for cloud-based data? If you’re storing data for your business in a cloud-based environment, it becomes your responsibility to know where and how this data is stored--particularly if you’re not the one doing the actual cloud hosting. How do you maintain compliance when you seemingly have so little control over how your computing platform is managed and maintained?

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Hosted Utility Computing Allows Businesses to Centralize Their IT

Hosted Utility Computing Allows Businesses to Centralize Their IT

Your business relies on technology to ensure operations proceed smoothly, but the way that it’s managed can have a major impact on the way your company functions. Think about it like this: if you have software solutions hosted on different computers, but not in any centralized location, only those computers will be able to use these solutions--potentially hampering your staff’s ability to be productive. How can you make sure that this doesn’t become a major problem?

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What Is All This Talk About the Cloud?

What Is All This Talk About the Cloud?

Cloud computing is one of the best ways that your business can compete with larger enterprises. Today, you can adopt the cloud and take advantage of countless services, but are you doing so yet? If not, we’ll help walk you through some of the best ways that your organization can leverage the cloud.

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The Cloud Revolution: We’ve Seen This Before

The Cloud Revolution: We’ve Seen This Before

As technologies emerge and trends change, organizations face massive paradigm shifts involving the tools and methods they use to conduct business. Right now, we’re in the middle of one of the most significant shifts in decades; more and more businesses are relying on cloud computing.

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4 Ways the Cloud Enhances How You Do Business

4 Ways the Cloud Enhances How You Do Business

When it comes to using technology to improve your business, it’s hard to beat the benefits that cloud computing provides. The cloud can help to boost your functionality in a variety of ways. As a result, cloud technologies have seen explosive adoption rates--and it’s no wonder, when you consider what the cloud is capable of, and how it can benefit your workforce.


Boosted Mobility
One of the most significant pain points that businesses have experienced in the past is a lack of access to their files. Unless there were multiple copies of a file floating around (which increases the risk of data leakage and inconsistency) an employee would have had to remove the business’s sole copy of a file to work on it, greatly increasing the risk of data loss.

However, the cloud mitigates these potential issues almost completely by allowing documents and data to be accessed from anywhere that an Internet connection can be established. As a result, there is a greatly reduced risk of data loss due to misplaced files. Another consideration is that if your organization gets hit with a disaster, a secondary workplace is much easier to set up.

Business Continuity and Data Backup
On the subject of disasters, cloud technologies also enable businesses to better ensure their ability to continue their operations should something befall their physical office. In cases such as floods, fires, or other destructive forces, it is much better to have your data safely stored in an offsite location, rather than keeping your critical files in a filing cabinet that gets damaged in a disaster.

The cloud also allows businesses to add another layer of data redundancy to ensure that it protected if something terrible happens. It accomplishes this by storing the data in multiple off-site locations, so when it is time to recover data, it is accessible and easily restored.

Collaboration
When was the last time that you wasted reams of paper, as employees who were working on a project printed out copy after copy, only to scribble all over them, crossing out things, and annotating others? This approach is inefficient, wasteful, and expensive.

The cloud, on the other hand, allows these documents to be shared and edited online, ensuring that all of your resources have the same version to reference and eliminating the vast majority of your printing and production costs.

Scalability
Physical storage solutions generally come in a limited assortment of sizes, meaning that you could potentially have to make a large investment to keep a relatively small number of files. While having to buy a filing cabinet or two may not seem like such a large investment in the grand scheme of things, it also depends on how much utility you’ll ultimately need from it.

This is where the cloud has the advantage once again. Working with the cloud provider, you are able to arrange to have exactly as much storage space as you’ll need, with the ability to increase or decrease your allotted storage as necessary. As you do so, the fees that most managed cloud providers charge will adjust incrementally, ensuring that you pay only what your provider is due.

Partner IT can help you when it comes to implementing a cloud solution for your business. Give us a call at 1300 968 748 for more information.

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3 Reasons Why Businesses are Going With the Public Cloud for Their Data Needs

3 Reasons Why Businesses are Going With the Public Cloud for Their Data Needs

When it comes to cloud computing, the small business has plenty of choices. There are several different types of clouds, but depending on your business’s specific needs, you can narrow it down to three: the public, private, and hybrid varieties. Many businesses are finding that the public cloud is a more valuable asset than a private or hybrid cloud. We’ll dig into the details and explain to you what these benefits could mean for your business.


Here are three reasons why small businesses might prefer the public cloud over the other options.

The Cloud is Easy
If your business hosts data in-house, this means that you’re responsible for its upkeep and maintenance. Therefore, any major changes to the infrastructure are under your direct supervision, which means that altering it could be cumbersome. A public cloud eliminates this issue, as any changes you need to make (such as requiring to add additional users or scaling up your resources) are handled through your cloud service provider. If you need more storage space or user access, all you have to do is put in a support request.

Keep in mind that you can still take advantage of the private cloud without all of the hassle. Going through a managed service provider like Partner IT opens up plenty of opportunities for private cloud usage either by hosting a server in-house and having us maintain it, or by utilizing a part of our own infrastructure for your exclusive use.

The Public Cloud is Relatively Secure
There’s one major thing that you need to remember when going through a public cloud provider: chances are that they will spend much more on security than your business will need to. This makes for a relatively secure experience, regardless of the fact that your data isn’t hosted on a private server. Plus, since public cloud providers have security experts working with their cloud, you get their proficiency without hiring full-time, on-site IT technicians.

One point to mention is that while the public cloud has passable security, a private cloud is the best way to achieve optimal security. Since the private cloud allows you to implement external security features, it’s a better option for the security-minded business owner.

Less Focus on Technology Maintenance
If you’re not focused on maintaining your cloud solution, you’ll have more time to spend managing your business’s operations. This is invaluable for a small business owner, as technology management can waste unnecessary amounts of time and resources that are better spent ensuring that operations are moving forward unhindered. When you use a public cloud, you’re hosting your data on a cloud provided by a service provider. They are responsible for the maintenance and management of your data, which takes the burden off of your shoulders.

A similar effect can be achieved by going through a managed service provider. In fact, you can use a private or hybrid cloud in a similar way. Just ask us how! To learn more about what the cloud can offer your business, reach out to us at 1300 968 748.

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Evernote: The Betrayal

Evernote: The Betrayal

It was this time last year that I began chewing my bottom lip over reports that Evernote was going bust. I've been using Evernote going on 5 years, and it's one of the first things installed on every device I use. As the product has evolved, I've been awed every time I discover new features, or find new products that integrated with it.

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NBN Rollout: New Areas Ready for Connection

Large parts of Figtree, Unanderra and Farmborough Heights have all been flagged "ready to connect" for fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) NBN in the last couple of weeks. FTTN uses existing copper lines in the local area - up to 400m - instead of running fibre all the way into the property (fibre-to-the-premises, or FTTP).

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The Importance of Having a Secure File-Sharing Solution Cannot Be Overstated

The Importance of Having a Secure File-Sharing Solution Cannot Be Overstated

In the business world, you rely on agile and secure access to critical documents on a number of different devices. However, security can quickly become a problem, especially when your users have multiple devices. Is your file sharing service enough to keep your data safe? Or, if it’s not, what are you going to do about it?

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On-Site Backup vs. Cloud-Based Backup, Which is Better?

On-Site Backup vs. Cloud-Based Backup, Which is Better?

There’s no doubting that data backup is a critical component of any small and medium-sized business’s infrastructure. Backup and disaster recovery is important in the event that your organization experiences a death-blow in the form of a data loss disaster. Yet, there’s some debate as to whether an on-site data backup solution can be as effective as the cloud. The verdict: both are essential.

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Implementing Softphones for Remote Workers isn't a Hard Decision

Implementing Softphones for Remote Workers isn't a Hard Decision

One of the biggest concerns that business owners have with remote workers is being able to control and centralize communication. A worker in the office can be plugged right into the company phone system, but how does this translate to those who work from home some or all of the time?

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