Leveraging the Cloud in the Modern Workplace

If you feel a bit “hazy” when it comes to understanding “the cloud,” you’re not alone. While many businesses have adopted cloud solutions in recent years, some leaders still have questions about what the cloud actually is and why they should use it.

In simple terms, the cloud refers to servers accessed over the internet that host applications and store data. Rather than storing data on local servers or personal devices, cloud computing allows you to access these apps and files from any internet-connected device.

There are a few types of clouds:

  • Public clouds that serve multiple customers (e.g. Microsoft 365, Dropbox)
  • Private clouds used by a single organization
  • Hybrid clouds that combine public and private elements

At Now Micro, we help clients implement cloud infrastructures to give them greater access, robust security, and more control. Moving to the cloud gets technology out of your way so you can stay focused on business priorities.

Other ways cloud technology is beneficial include:

  • Increased accessibility: The ability to access files and tools from anywhere on any device not only accommodates a hybrid work schedule, but also increases collaboration.
  • Scalability: You can easily add/remove features and users based on needs, rather than overpaying for unused capacity.
  • Enhanced security: Reputable providers invest heavily in security measures and best practices. Our team helps configure tools properly to keep your data safe.
  • Greater efficiency: Cloud providers handle maintenance and updates, freeing up your IT staff. Solutions also tend to be more user-friendly.

Now Micro helps you implement a cloud-based infrastructure, giving you unparalleled access, robust security and greater control in your environment. Moving the infrastructure to the cloud pushes technology out of the way so you can focus on your job.

If you have questions about moving infrastructure or workloads to the cloud, Now Micro has the expertise to help. Our core competencies around implementing cloud solutions include Office 365, Microsoft 365, Exchange Online, Teams, OneDrive, Power BI, Cloud PBX, Intune, and more.

With the right guidance, you can transition smoothly to the cloud and gain all the advantages it offers. Contact our Professional Services team to get started!

Borderless Data Center

Today, enterprise IT departments seek to accelerate innovation and time to market by driving unprecedented resilience, agility, and workload consolidation. As more workloads transition into a cloud environment, the server-storage-centric data center approach to enterprise computing will also shift. The graphic above illustrates the evolution of today’s data center to a modern, borderless data center. The borderless data center is a hybrid cloud concept that brings the basic tenants of cloud computing to the brick-and-mortar data center for seamless application operation and paves a path to a cloud future. Disaggregating the traditional physical infrastructure through a cloud-enabled Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) facilitates a software-defined, unified system combining all the elements of a conventional data center: storage, compute, networking, and management into a cloud infrastructure on-premises with lower costs, more control, and improved security.

HCI streamlines operations by consolidating the components of a traditional brick-and-mortar data center into a single system design. Through a comprehensive server and cloud assessment, we can determine how current applications can be ported to a borderless data center design and demonstrate the benefits of integrating your cloud experience with your data center experience. Hybrid cloud products like Azure Stack HCI facilitate a cloud tenancy at the data center level. With Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud running in your data center, applications are entirely borderless. You can run your applications locally, in the cloud, or move to an entirely different cloud provider and fail-over to another data center in your organization. True flexibility provides a single standard for programming, backup, application support, and management. 

Now Micro facilitates digital transformation with a considerate approach to datacenter modernization. Armed with tier 1 certifications and industry partnerships, our solution architects are available for network assessments and consultation. Contact us today to learn more.