The Cloud is being hailed as the answer for small to medium Australian businesses struggling to manage a growing and diverse IT environment. But why?
What are the reasons that your business should consider moving to the Cloud?
If you are a SMB and any of the questions below resonate or raise concerns, you may be a candidate for a move to the Cloud.
Do you want your employees to have access to work documents anytime, anywhere, on any screen?
Is your Internet speed slowing down your productivity?
Do you have a contingency plan for your business critical systems?
What happens if your intranet, internet or email goes down? Do you have a Data Recovery plan?
Is your server keeping pace with your business growth?
Are you paying too much for your IT systems and maintenance?
Are you paying too much for your voice or data usage?
Do you have a internet and network usage compliance policy?
Is the content in your Server protected?
Do you have a plan for when a device owned by you is lost or stolen?
Are you up to date with the latest software and devices to prevent malicious attacks?
Would you like a paperless environment?
Are you struggling to provide reliable, cost effective ICT support?
What is The Cloud?
In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of using a server or a computer's hard drive.
The Cloud is just another name for the Internet. Therefore you can't just put your stuff in The Cloud. You actually have to put it in someone's storage facility in The Cloud and then you access that storage facility over the Internet.
At VoicePlus we partner with Telstra - the market leaders in the Australian business market. Telstra provide a range of services specifically developed to help Small-Medium Business move to The Cloud.
Why would I migrate my business to The Cloud?
The key benefits to moving to the Cloud are:
- Cost Efficiencies
1. Cost Efficient
When you move your ICT services to the Cloud, you will no longer require a physical on-site server. Servers are expensive to purchase upfront and require constant maintenance. The size of a physical server limits growth and becomes unable to cope with new technologies over time. Servers also use up physical space and overheads.
Telstra Cloud keeps your software up to date without additional charge. So no constant purchasing of new software. And no more having to keep on top of constant software updates and patches.
Telstra Cloud has a 99.9% service provision guarantee and 24/7 availability. Powerful data centres based in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom are managed through the Telstra Global Operations Centre and a dedicated Managed Network Operations Centre monitors the network 24/7. This is the level of reliability that your business needs.
The security provided by Telstra Cloud is far superior to any security measures individual small-medium business could adopt for their physical onsite server.
A team of security experts has designed and built industry-standard hardware and software based firewalls and remote access security. Your virtual servers will be more secure as your typical SMB on-site server, meanwhile regular network and infrastructure security updates and maintenance provides extra security for your data.
Telstra guarantees the following data centre security features:
- On-site security personnel 24/7
- Electronically-secured floors with access restrictions
- CCTV surveillance for corridors and rooms hosting ICT infrastructure
- Secure ICT infrastructure, including locked cabinets and cages.
Telstra Cloud allows you to build a flexible Virtual Server solution and to scale up and down as demand requires.
Set up one or a number of virtual servers, select an operating system and maybe internet access and some extra storage. To build a complete solution, choose from virtual server add-ons such as secure private networks, applications and security. Scale up, reconfigure and add more servers to get a new office or project up and running, without the need for costly upgrades or new hardware. Scale down when the project is over. Meet any changing staff requirements and workload spikes.
What does it cost?
There are two parts to determining the cost to your business:
1. Cloud Solution design and implementation
2. Cloud Services fee
Cloud Solution Pricing
There will be a cost to the business of designing and implementing your Cloud Solution.
This will include:
- Site Readiness Audit
- User Experience Impact Report
- Solution Design
- Project Management Report
- Project Implementation
- Project Sign-off
Cloud Services Fee
Telstra offers a range of Pay-As-You-Go or Monthly Subscription plans.
These are dependent on your business requirements and are flexible to ensure you only pay for what you need.
What are the First Steps?
Find the Right Partner
Partnering with a capable, reliable, Cloud solution specialist is the very first step. VoicePlus has a proven track record in designing and project managing Cloud Migration solutions. We have our own inhouse fulltime Cloud Services Specialist, Jony Khan, who will walk you through the next steps to ensure cloud migration is the best solution for your business.
When you partner with VoicePlus, we will provide you with a NO OBLIGATION assessment of your current situation, meeting with you to discuss your current issues and talking through how a Cloud-based solution might look for your business.
Commission a Site Readiness Audit
The first step to a detailed understanding of what would be involved in a move to the Cloud is to undertake a Site Readiness Audit. This Audit would comprehensively investigate your current network systems and services and your current end user experience. It will provide a detailed report of how ready your business would be to move to the Cloud and highlight any additional issues that might arise. The Audit allows a realistic Cloud Concept solution to be designed.