cloud solutions

The Cloud is here to STAY!!!

The Cloud has become one of the most widely adopted technologies by businesses, irrespective of their size or the industry they serve. Chances are high that you are already using at least one cloud-based service! Some common examples of cloud services that you might be currently using: email for your business and/or personal use, offsite backup for data on your desktop, file sharing/syncing—like Dropbox, and business software offered over the Internet—like Quickbooks Online. Data from leading market research firms show that the cloud adoption within the SMB segment is high and will continue to grow. We see a similar trend and have helped several small-medium businesses in Oregon put the cloud to work for them.

There are a lot of cloud terms thrown around, and it may seem overwhelming to understand the various options that are available. Also, depending on which vendor you speak with, you might get a slightly different idea of those options. You will hear people use words like Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud, and then there is the list of never ending acronyms like SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, BaaS, DRaaS, and so on.

Most companies subscribe to the public cloud—IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), and SaaS (Software as a Service) are the most common service models used. Read more to find out more about these different cloud types and the various classifications based on the services offered. Given below are some of the Cloud Solutions that we can help our clients with.

Cloud Server Hosting

managed cloud hosting

There is more to hosting servers on the Cloud than simply obtaining the space, hardware resources, bandwidth, and power. Apart from making sure that your environment is a good fit for running on the Cloud, there are many more variables to be considered. You can rely on StepUP IT’s datacenter expertise to help you analyze, design, plan, and implement your cloud migration. Most businesses can take advantage of the Cloud, and take their IT infrastructure to the next level—some more than others. We strongly advise our clients to consider cloud options for their new deployments and existing infrastructure, especially before they allocate additional monetary resources. Contact us to have a discussion and to find out if your environment is a good fit for the Cloud.

Office 365 – Hosted Exchange

Hosted Exchange Office 365 Migration

Migrating to a hosted Microsoft Exchange environment is a smart move for any business, not just small and medium businesses. Rather than run an in-house Exchange server, it makes much more sense to move to the Cloud for your email; it offers more performance, reliability, and scalability, all while reducing your total cost of ownership. Based on the total number of users, your current version of Exchange, Office Application licenses and version(s), plus your in-house IT staff resources and budget, we will be able to determine if your email and collaboration needs can be met by moving to hosted Exchange by Microsoft. We will help plan, design, and migrate your Exchange server to the Cloud with the least disruption possible. Contact us today to find out how you can take advantage of the Microsoft Office 365 plans with Exchange Online.

Cloud Backup

managed cloud backup

It is a best business practice to have an offsite copy of all critical data. Cloud-based backups are perfect for the offsite storage of your critical data. Rather than manually taking tapes and/or external hard drives offsite, it is better to automate and foolproof the process with our reliable and cost-effective offsite backup solution. Most of the well-known national providers give you file sync and/or offer you a file-based backup at the best. StepUP IT will provide you with an end-to-end solution with both onsite and offsite backup copies. We offer both file-level and image-based backups, if needed. We will make sure it is well integrated into your overall data backup and disaster recovery strategy. Your data will be secure at every point in time – it is encrypted at rest, in flight, and at its final cloud destination. Our cloud location is geographically different from the Pacific Northwest, and is stored at a facility managed by one of the world’s biggest and best IaaS providers. Contact us to find out more about this service and how it can reduce your risk of losing valuable business data.