Cloud First with COVID-19 – The right business strategy

Like many of you, I have had some time in recent weeks to reflect on my role and how we as a NextGen managed services and security provider are helping during this pandemic. Much of my daily life before COVID-19 was convincing businesses that a cloud first strategy was the right choice, not only from a security and cost perspective, but primarily due to how the workforce has changed.

Before the pandemic, most of us relied on a platform that allowed us to work from any place at any time with flexibility during our busy lives on the go. Even with all the convenience provided by the cloud, most businesses that we spoke to still had a negative impression of moving “everything” to the cloud.

Here’s what they had to say:

  • The cloud is too expensive.
  • I have better security at my office.
  • I cannot run 100 % of my applications.
  • I don’t trust the cloud.
  • I can get another few years out of my server that lives in the closet down the hall.

In August of 2019, we convinced a client of ours to move the cloud. We advised them to take a leap and move everything to a modern cloud platform that would support their goals of a cloud first strategy and a true mobile workforce. A few benefits that they were looking to gain were:

  • Better and more turnkey remote access, no clunky VPN’s
  • Higher security
  • Operate more efficiently
  • The ability to scale quickly
  • Access to 100 % of the firm’s data. (files, folders, network drives, and all applications)

They decided to move their entire organization to the cloud and by November of 2019 this firm was up and running.  I spoke with our client last week (April 2020) and he mentioned something to me that I had to share.

“Thrive and the NextGen cloud platform might be one of the single best decisions that we ever made as a firm!  100 % of our firm is now able to work in the cloud from anywhere. Had it not been for this move during this COVID-19 pandemic, we simply would not have been able to work in this manner. Our firm would be in a much different place.” ~ Michael Cohen, Managing Director – Glass Jacobson

Stories like these not only point out how a good cloud first strategy helps our client’s business during normal times, but really shines during times like these.  As a NextGen MSP and MSSP, I know that we have armed our clients with a robust cloud computing platform that is helping their business every day and enabling them to keep their virtual doors open and employees productive from anywhere.

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The Most Common Cloud Computing Myths

The cloud is becoming part of peoples’ everyday lives, and more and more businesses are moving to use it, realizing its importance and recognizing the extent to which it will become an important part of commerce moving forward. But the cloud remains a misunderstood technological innovation, and one which has created numerous myths which are completely misguided. Here are some of the most popular: (more…)

Top 5 Advantages of Using Hosted Cloud Services

What if you were able to allow your team of IT professionals to focus on core business initiatives instead of maintaining your IT infrastructure while you have access to entire team of IT experts 24/7? This can be made possible with a hosted cloud service.

Hosted cloud services offer many advantages to businesses of all sizes, regardless if you are a small retail business or a large corporation with a complex IT infrastructure. When you work with the right hosted cloud services provider, this can help to alleviate many IT-related headaches while helping your business to reduce costs.

By divesting IT tasks such as server hosting and maintenance, firewall management, mail hosting and application management, and other critical tasks, you can empower your IT team by allowing them to focus on core strategies which help your business to move forward. A hosted cloud services provider acts as an extended IT department which provides additional support and 24/7 management of the hosted infrastructure. This is accomplished while your IT team focuses on mission-critical objectives.

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Do You Know What “The Cloud” is?

Can you define ‘Cloud Computing’? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the “Digital Software and the Cloud Report” from the market research firm NPD, just 22% of U.S. consumers could explain it.  To add to the confusion, when you attempt to find the true definition on the Internet you get a wide variety of answers, but which is the right one?

Thrive Networks took to the streets of Boston to ask people what ‘The Cloud’ means to them. As expected, we got a variety of responses. Some were more accurate than others.  Watch the video below to see what we mean.

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