Cloud Services

TruPoint Communications provides guidance and expertise in selecting, implementing, and managing cloud services that deliver results for businesses. The cloud has grown in popularity over the last decade as it can drive efficiency and level the playing field between large enterprises and small businesses, but cloud services are tools that need to be expertly applied in order to provide lasting value.

We are leaders in connecting businesses to cloud services and can help you get the most out of the cloud, no matter the size of your operations.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

The cloud can provide virtualized computing resources over the internet. This instant computing infrastructure is managed by a cloud services provider, so you have less hardware management and maintenance to worry about. Some of the benefits realized by IaaS users include:

Cost savings

Businesses only pay for use of the cloud services when they move their infrastructure to the cloud since they don’t have to purchase and maintain equipment. IaaS is metered, so users pay as they go, resulting in an efficient model.

High availability

Since it is cloud-based and backed by redundancies, IaaS can deliver guaranteed uptime, often at a “five nines” level. As more businesses move critical functions to the cloud, the reliability of IaaS becomes increasingly attractive and vital.

Flexibility and scalability

The cloud-based deployment of IaaS not only reduces costs for businesses, it also supports more flexible growth. Without the planning and budget required for purchasing expensive hardware, businesses can scale their operations quickly. This nimbleness welcomes more opportunities and helps small businesses compete with larger enterprises.

Ability to focus on business

Most importantly, IaaS lets businesses set aside worries about their infrastructure and focus on core business functions and growth. With IaaS, core IT no longer becomes a burden but a gateway to productivity and efficiency.

Cost savings

Businesses only pay for use of the cloud services when they move their infrastructure to the cloud since they don’t have to purchase and maintain equipment. IaaS is metered, so users pay as they go, resulting in an efficient model.

High availability

Since it is cloud-based and backed by redundancies, IaaS can deliver guaranteed uptime, often at a “five nines” level. As more businesses move critical functions to the cloud, the reliability of IaaS becomes increasingly attractive and vital.

Flexibility and scalability

The cloud-based deployment of IaaS not only reduces costs for businesses, it also supports more flexible growth. Without the planning and budget required for purchasing expensive hardware, businesses can scale their operations quickly. This nimbleness welcomes more opportunities and helps small businesses compete with larger enterprises.

Ability to focus on business

Most importantly, IaaS lets businesses set aside worries about their infrastructure and focus on core business functions and growth. With IaaS, core IT no longer becomes a burden but a gateway to productivity and efficiency.

Colocation

Businesses can realize some of the most impactful benefits of the cloud when they rent space from a data center service provider for housing servers and network hardware. Colocation provides similar benefits as IaaS with a few added bonuses:

Cost savings

Acquisition, management, and maintenance of servers is expensive. Colocation shares these expenses with other colocating businesses while providing the latest technology and the advantages of a large IT department, without the overhead.

Reduced downtime

Downtime is expensive for all businesses. Colocation offers redundancies to avoid downtime, including crucial backups of services that might not immediately come to mind such as power sources, physical security, and cooling.

Security

Colocation service providers focus on protecting the data of their customers, so you benefit from enhanced physical and virtual security. From the latest firewall technology to monitored and restricted access, colocation provides a secure and reliable home for your data and services.

Scalability

Like other cloud services, colocation grows with your business. This enables greater opportunity as companies can quickly increase data center use when needed.

Direct Connectivity to the cloud

Many data centers offer private, redundant, direct connections to the most popular cloud software providers, hosts, and other data centers which can be used to significantly reduce costs.

Cost savings

Acquisition, management, and maintenance of servers is expensive. Colocation shares these expenses with other colocating businesses while providing the latest technology and the advantages of a large IT department, without the overhead.

Reduced downtime

Downtime is expensive for all businesses. Colocation offers redundancies to avoid downtime, including crucial backups of services that might not immediately come to mind such as power sources, physical security, and cooling.

Security

Colocation service providers focus on protecting the data of their customers, so you benefit from enhanced physical and virtual security. From the latest firewall technology to monitored and restricted access, colocation provides a secure and reliable home for your data and services.

Scalability

Like other cloud services, colocation grows with your business. This enables greater opportunity as companies can quickly increase data center use when needed.

Direct Connectivity to the cloud

Many data centers offer private, redundant, direct connections to the most popular cloud software providers, hosts, and other data centers which can be used to significantly reduce costs.

Cloud Hosting

Businesses can also benefit from hosting their systems with a cloud hosting provider. The concept is almost identical to colocation, except instead of the physical assets of colocation such as a shared physical server, cloud hosting involved virtual infrastructure. As a cloud service, cloud hosting delivers cost savings, high availability, and scalability. Additional cloud hosting benefits include:

Speed

Organizations can experience speedier setup and delivery of services. Servers are quickly deployed when necessary, and websites and other online services operate more quickly. Cloud hosting that provides multiple caching layers and state-of-the-art server technology delivers the best user experience.

Protection from hardware issues

The redundancies of cloud hosting protect against various physical threats to server hardware such as system overload or failure.

Speed

Organizations can experience speedier setup and delivery of services. Servers are quickly deployed when necessary, and websites and other online services operate more quickly. Cloud hosting that provides multiple caching layers and state-of-the-art server technology delivers the best user experience.

Protection from hardware issues

The redundancies of cloud hosting protect against various physical threats to server hardware such as system overload or failure.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Another benefit of the cloud is the ability to back up your crucial data to ensure resilience during natural disasters or other events that threaten business continuity. With DRaaS, you can leverage the cloud to minimize the costly impact of downtime and get your business up and running in no time. DRaaS benefits include:

Speed

DRaaS is not only a cloud-based service, but it features automation as well, so businesses can experience rapid and immediate recovery operations.

Efficient resource use

Since it is virtualized, DRaaS uses fewer resources and costs less than other DR services. For example, businesses using DRaaS do not have to host or manage a backup server as this task is handled by the DRaaS provider.

Security

Cloud DR providers often have top-tier, industry-leading security technologies at their disposal and pass the power of this protection onto their customers.

Speed

DRaaS is not only a cloud-based service, but it features automation as well, so businesses can experience rapid and immediate recovery operations.

Efficient resource use

Since it is virtualized, DRaaS uses fewer resources and costs less than other DR services. For example, businesses using DRaaS do not have to host or manage a backup server as this task is handled by the DRaaS provider.

Security

Cloud DR providers often have top-tier, industry-leading security technologies at their disposal and pass the power of this protection onto their customers.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Companies can benefit from the cloud by virtualizing their desktop infrastructure. VDI stores a user’s desktop environment remotely, separating the desktop operating system, applications, and data from hardware. The benefits of VDI include:

Cost savings

With VDI, new user environments are quick and easy to deploy, saving time and costs – especially with a reduced need for in-house IT specialists for these purposes.

Easier management

The central, cloud-based management of VDI means all of the administration of desktop environments can be done in a streamlined fashion from anywhere. From updating and patching applications to security, VDI helps ensure systems are running smoothly.

Security

A virtual desktop means that employees only possess a tool to access their desktop, not the physical desktop itself. A stolen or lost device, therefore, carries much less security risk.

Productivity

Virtual desktops enable remote work and productivity on the go. When employees can access systems remotely, more work gets done, and employees can benefit from greater flexibility.

Cost savings

With VDI, new user environments are quick and easy to deploy, saving time and costs – especially with a reduced need for in-house IT specialists for these purposes.

Easier management

The central, cloud-based management of VDI means all of the administration of desktop environments can be done in a streamlined fashion from anywhere. From updating and patching applications to security, VDI helps ensure systems are running smoothly.

Security

A virtual desktop means that employees only possess a tool to access their desktop, not the physical desktop itself. A stolen or lost device, therefore, carries much less security risk.

Productivity

Virtual desktops enable remote work and productivity on the go. When employees can access systems remotely, more work gets done, and employees can benefit from greater flexibility.

TruPoint Communications is a leader in matching businesses to the cloud services that are the right fit.

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