Cloud services have become more and more popular in the last few years. Cloud services are a range of resources that are provided over the internet. They make it easier for businesses to be managed from various locations and by several different people seamlessly. Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are the most common types of cloud services. Our IT consulting Los Angeles firm offer such services. These services are available and can be of use to both businesses and individuals. SaaS is a method of distributing software by hosting it with a vendor and then making it available over a network. For small businesses this could mean easier set up of new devices, as well integration of any and all new applications. Where you would have perhaps needed to have CDs and other media devices SaaS offers a better and more modern solution.
PaaS essentially delivers software over the network, without the conventional need for installation and the download that comes before that. We are in a new era in computing, with more and more advantages and tools that we ought to take advantage of. Instead of lumbering yourself with all sorts of discs and devices that hold your software, PaaS can is a proven solution.
IaaS takes it even a step further. Instead of having to buy equipment and build your own computing infrastructure, you get this provided for you as a service. This is essentially outsourcing your infrastructure, such that you only access it over the network. The advantage of this for small businesses and individual lays in the fact that it saves you the need to maintain and repair the infrastructure. Like most small businesses, storage space may be an issue, IaaS is the solution to this as well. By accessing it over a network you would not need any physical storage for let’s say servers, and networking components.
Location is arguably the biggest selling point for using cloud services. It truly embodies the virtual global village that the internet facilitates. By making use of the cloud, you can work as a team while in different parts of the world, and be able to handle tasks and access files together in real-time. The efficiency that this can bring to most businesses is unbelievable. Imagine not having to wait for those files to be transferred from one user to the other, just being in a position where all users have access to all files at all times as long as they have an internet connection.
Picking the right provider
Like most services, picking the right provider is a key element in getting the best out of this service. With cloud services, there are two main factors that are worth considering when picking a service provider.
The purpose of getting cloud services is to create an atmosphere of easy accessibility. The last thing you need is a provider who has low rates of uptime. What this would mean is that you would have times when you are unable to access your services due to issues on the provider’s side. We concede that we are always to expect the unexpected, but if you can put measures in place to make sure that you are less likely to be at the receiving end of poor uptime, you should do it. To get an idea of the uptime, you can ask the provider, although this is not always the best option. You may also make use of review websites to see what other clients have to say about the provider, and hopefully about the same service that you are considering. An uptime of 99.99 percent is quite common nowadays, and you should not accept any less than this.
- Customer Service
Perhaps more than most other services, customer support is very important when it comes to cloud services. You want to know that in the event that things do not go as planned there will be someone on hand to assist you. This may include times of downtime or lost connection, perhaps not even issues from the provider’s side. An experienced and readily available customer support team is very important. The world moves at a very fast pace nowadays, and as such every moment that you are offline or unable to access your services could mean another client lost, some revenue missed. You are going to be paying for these services anyway, so why not make sure that you pay a company that is going to provide a service worth your money.
As with the uptime, you may refer to review websites to find out what these providers are really like. Once you are done looking, we hope you choose us for your Los Angeles IT consulting company, whether you are in the Los Angeles area or not. It is cloud service after all. Please feel free to call us 310.948.0588 or email us at email@example.com for more information.
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