According to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy (SBA) there are about 30.2 million small businesses in the United States. That’s 99.7% of all businesses in the United States.
These 30.2 million small businesses have very few options when they consider transitioning to the cloud. Although they may need to adhere to the same compliance regulations as larger organizations, they are unable to due to the expensive options of a Private Cloud. They are forced to subscribe to a public cloud service which costs are difficult to predict from month to month.
What is the difference between Public and Private Cloud? Simply stated, Private cloud is a service that is fully controlled by your organization. The infrastructure, applications, and your data are all controlled and secured on your own private platform in the cloud. You are physically and logically isolated from other customers. Public cloud is a platform that hosts multiple customers on the same platform.
Imagine a private cloud as your own private house and public cloud as an apartment in a large building.
The biggest barrier to Private Cloud for many small businesses has always been the cost of entry. Many small businesses think they are unable to afford or manage their own private cloud, until now.
iQmedia provides Managed Private Cloud Services for the small business. We provide a secure managed private platform. This allows small businesses to adhere to compliancy regulations, data integrity, and cloud accessibility.
Our private platform allows businesses to migrate any application to the cloud. There is no need to change to a different “cloud App” …we take your existing applications and convert them to cloud apps for you.
For example, a 25-person law firm was considering migrating their Practice Management Software to the cloud. They were given a project quote by a software as a service provider for $45,000 to migrate the software to a new cloud platform. This did not include the monthly costs of the software and were told there is no guarantee that all the data could be migrated.
The law firm reached out to our iQmedia team, and we moved the existing Practice Management Software migration to our Private Cloud Platform at no cost. The application did not change, therefore there was no learning curve for the staff. The benefit of moving the legacy application to our platform was a seamless move over the weekend and little downtime for the organization. We also offer a flat monthly fee which allows them to predict monthly costs.
Here are other benefits of Managed Private Cloud?
- Regulatory Compliance
- Stronger Security
- Managed Monthly IT Services Included
- Reduced IT Costs
- Flexibility and Customization
- Resource Availability
- No Infrastructure Costs
- No Hardware Upgrade Costs
- Maintenance included in monthly fee
- Flat Monthly Fee, control IT expenses
- Business Continuity
- Private Data Storage
- Secure Remote Access
- Business Analytics
- Secure Document Management
- Simple and Easy to implement
So, if you think you can’t afford Private Cloud…think again!
Let us take you on our cloud journey.