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Making the Most of Cloud Computing: Managed Cloud Service Providers

If you are a small business, a startup, or even an SME, chances are that you have given cloud computing some thought. If you are one of those businesses that believe in staying ahead of the game, you might already be hosting on cloud instead of using a physical datacenter.

Businesses around the world are now realizing the importance of cloud computing and the ease and agility it provides to any growing business. The question however lies, what form of cloud will suit your business. You have public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid clouds (that’s a combination of the former two) and you have managed cloud service providers to help manage the complex cloud structure and help you with matters of scalability, performance, compliance and more.

Choosing between public and private cloud – Take the call

While most businesses feel comfortable using  public cloud, businesses operating in the domains of finance and healthcare often prefer private cloud given the sensitive data that they handle. It sometimes make sense for them to use hybrid cloud computing services. This allows them to use both private and public clouds based on their requirements. However, shifting workloads between two clouds and hosting applications on one while you store sensitive data on the other is not an easy task. This is where, you can use assistance from managed cloud service provider, as they are adept in handling migration, hosting, and providing support services which are a must for any company hosting on a third-party cloud.

For businesses who are already making it big in the market and would continue to maintain their position while beating competition, cloud computing provides a great way of focusing on software rather than hardware, and bringing in the benefits of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS that furthers adds agility and speed to their processes. For smaller businesses, it makes a lot of sense to start off with cloud in the first place, as they are looking at huge growth, scalability, economies of scale, and reducing their Capex and go for a “Pay-as-you-Use” model that cloud computing totally supports.

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Why you should go for Managed Cloud Service Providers?

Managed cloud service providers are yet another answer as to how to use cloud optimally. They help you manage:

  • cloud security
  • storage
  • computing
  • application stacks
  • network operations
  • vendors and more.

In return, you pay a monthly fee to access their storage and support services. Some managed cloud service providers even have their own in-house team who can help build products and apps that are customized for your business. You pay for the app development and hosting on cloud, that basically turns out to be one time Capex for app development and monthly fee for hosting services.

G7 CR Technologies offers a unique service known as “Technology Funding” whereby, they invest their own knowhow and expertise into developing a unique and customized app for your requirement. The app development itself, is at zero cost, which means Zero Capex. All you need to pay is a minimal fee for hosting the app on cloud. G7 CR Technologies is focusing on small and medium enterprises and startups to help enable and empower them on their growth path.

In short, cloud service providers help you ensure you are making the most of your cloud investment by providing you with 4 most important cloud computing factors: Performance, Scalability, Security,and Compliance.

  • Frustrated with maintaining your datacenter?
  • Escalating cost of hardware and maintenance?
  • Difficult transitions and migrations of products built on different platforms?
  • Not able to access agile functions?

If you are facing any one or all of the above problems, then the time has come to look to Cloud Computing. G7 CR Technologies offers cost, resource, and workload optimization by providing managed cloud services at affordable prices, along with premier support, and its newest service in the cloud realm “Technology Funding” , whereby we build you a custom app for your business at ZERO COST. Contact us today to learn more about our cloud services and our Technology Funding program.

Call us at: (+91) 90080666666 for Technology Funding

and at (+91) 80 4641 4200 for Cloud solutions.

 

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7 Points to Consider While Choosing the Best Cloud Service Provider for your Business

With multiple public cloud services providers competing in the space, choosing the best cloud service provider for your business is indeed a tough call.

Before moving on to the criteria on the basis of which the CSPs should be chosen, let us look at the key cloud service providers, in today’s market: they are Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Although there are many other players in the market, as well, but these three are currently ruling the CSP market.

Choosing the best cloud service provider for your business

Cost

Cost plays an important role when deciding migration as this is more of a revenue expenditure than a capital one.  There is no fixed method of comparing prices of different cloud service providers but, the total costing based on the usage can be compared. MS Azure, AWS, and GCP, provide their costing structure based on usage. So, once you get an idea of your usage pattern, then it will easier for you to work out the approximate amount for each CSP you are evaluating.

Architecture

While selecting a CSP, the architecture should be known. The incorporation of the architecture into the system is important. Each organization has a certain architecture that it works on. When they migrate from in-house data-centres to a public cloud system, it is important to match the architecture as closely possible to ensure the data is not disturbed and the systems keep working smoothly post migration. This is one of the reasons which is fuelling the rapid growth of MS Azure in the cloud computing scenario. As most business are used to using MS applications throughout their organizations and process levels, it makes sense to them to migrate to MS Azure and make it a through-and-through Microsoft-supported technology system.

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Security

Securing the applications and data hosted on the public cloud network is important. Take a detailed note of the security features of the cloud service provider. Be sure Make sure there is a back-up to protect the data should there be any emergency.

Security being the top concern,  it is critical to evaluate the security features of the CSP.

Compliance

Try to choose a CSP who meets both the industry compliance standards and the compliance standards of your business, as well. Check for compliance standards such as the PCI, SOC2, HIPAA, DSS or whichever other compliance standard is followed by your organization, to meet the regulation standards of the industry you are operating in. Make it a point to understand the compliance standards that are required when the applications and data are hosted on a public cloud.

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Support

This parameter needs to be evaluated carefully. The support provided by your Cloud Service Provider is important. Some premium CSP partners like Azure partners ensure premier cloud service and support to all clients. Having premier support access always helps as it ensures quick troubleshooting and also 360 degree support access through calls, emails, and chat support.

Manageability

Determining what the CSP expects to manage and what will be the level of the manageability from their end is important. Different providers support different tools to work with different other services. It is important to state your requirement to the tee and also have the Cloud Service Provider assess if they can extend the kind of support you are looking for.

Service Levels

This factor is critical when the business have strict requirements like response, availability-time, support services, capacity and scalability. Ensure going through and signing a Service Level Agreement(SLA) with your cloud service provider to ensure timely and professional assistance from them, as and when needed.

Now that you have a quick checklist of the points to consider while choosing a CSP for your business, you are good to go. If you are wondering where to start looking for the best cloud service provider for your business, we would like to invite you visit our website and learn more about our cloud computing services.

We are an ISO 9001:2015 company and are official Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack Partners in India. Focussed towards providing end-to-end cloud and technology services to startups and SMEs, alike, we hope to empower small businesses in India and abroad, to achieve technological prowess.

 

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Microsoft Azure is Growing Twice as Fast as AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is leading the cloud infrastructure market, but Microsoft’s Azure is growing twice as fast. The longtime users of Microsoft’s desktop software and Windows OS are continuing with the company they have known for decades, hence Azure.

Amazon pioneered the cloud system in 2006, enabling the developers to build web pages, applications and run the workloads by renting the storage capacity instead of buying hardware of their own. In the past few decades, to fulfill the requirements of large companies, AWS has developed a global sales force and improvised the service agreements.

In third quarter, AWS grew 42 percent. According to Brian Olsavsky, CFO, Amazon, the growth in the usage is more than the growth in the revenue, and the company is pleased to have the new users.

MS Azure had an increase of 90 percent in its revenue and exceeded the growth of AWS for minimum eight quarters.

The added features, lower price, and expanded data center around the world have helped Microsoft Azure in bagging high-profile clients.

Sapient Consulting, part of the advertising giant Publicis, Bentley Systems, a software developing company and Parexel, a biopharmaceutical service provider, all preferred Azure to AWS.

Even though Publicis Groupe clarified that the company hasn’t chosen any particular cloud provider, but, around two and a half years back, Arun Karur, Vice President, Sapient Consulting, said that the executives chose to use Microsoft Azure and had plans to move their legacy solutions on AWS to Azure.

Like any other big company, Publicis too has its data centers and they are moving only a part of their workloads to cloud. And according to Karur, Microsoft can back both. Karur also said that since Publicis’ Sapient works with energy and financial services companies. If the cloud provider were Google or Amazon, a bank might worry about how their customer data will be used. However, when it comes to Microsoft, security concerns are not as much, since organizations are used to working on Microsoft-based platforms.

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Earlier in 2017, FleetBoard, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, specialized in making telematics devices for commercial vehicles, announced that they will be using Azure. Before opting for Microsoft Azure, FleetBoard tried AWS and other service providers too, added Jens Kamlowski, lead architect, Nxtload, the first product of FleetBoard to operate on Azure.

Kamlowski also said that the decision of moving to Azure was quick and decisive. Since, FleetBoard had a long association with Microsoft, they trusted the data scalability and security provided by Microsoft.

Rob Whitesell, Chief Platform Officer of Bentley systems, told that Bentley systems being a producer of software for engineers and architects, they have always seen Microsoft as their partner since decades. Earlier the company was using AWS, but now that Microsoft is clear about its commitments toward cloud, Bentley have opted Azure as their primary cloud provider.

According to Rob Whitesell, the developers of Bentley were familiar with Microsoft. The simplicity involved in developing and running applications in different machines simultaneously have made Azure their favorite.

 

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How to Use Technology to Boost Your Business?

Resource, a key word for any SME or startup. Something which is in limited quantity but required manifold. How do you fight resource constraint and still ensure smooth, seamless, business process? The answer is technology.

Technology has the power to give more ROI than even the smartest investment plan. The reason: scalability. By investing in the right kind of technology, SMEs and startups can create value for themselves and for their clients.

Whether they use in-house technology or outsource it to a third-party vendor, the importance and benefits technology can provide to any business stays the same. If you are an SME or a startup, you should look into the following key offerings that can boost your business and skyrocket sales and profits. By choosing the right products and services, you stand a chance to focus on your core product or service and outsource the rest.

Just imagine how fast you can grow by focusing on the one thing which is your USP while everything technology is taken care of by an expert, whose USP is technology.

Here are the technology power-tools that you need to ensure a successful business:

Cloud computing

When we are using the internet for our daily chores, communications and activity, why not go all the way and wield the power of internet in our business?

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Cloud computing frees you from storing all kinds of software on your hardware, for e.g. laptop or desktop and access the same from any system using the internet. A strong internet connection is not difficult to come by anymore. But with the amount of data that is being created every nano-second, storage space is most definitely becoming an issue. Bogging down your business’ valuable hardware to store data and heavy applications can burn a major hole in your business’ finances and upkeep and maintenance of your hardware.

The issue of storage apart, cloud computing offers benefits such as flexibility to work from whichever location you wish, scalability, disaster recovery expertise, security, better collaboration, and much more.

Interested in finding out how you can use cloud to boost your business? Give us a call or drop us an email and we will help you out.

Business Apps

 

Business Apps

Customized business apps can help optimize your business processes to great lengths. Just imagine if you could automate the tedious job of payment receivables, how much time and energy you could save to focus on your business. Similarly, there can be an app for each and every one of your business needs as you would like it. Customized business apps can help you track:

  • Payments
  • Employee leaves
  • Recruitment management
  • Surveys
  • Exams and trainings
  • And much more

Technology for Collaboration

One of the biggest benefits that technology brought along with it was ease of communication and collaboration. But let’s face it, technology is all about making difficult –> easy, and making easy –> easier. So, it has also managed to give us some stellar apps and interfaces which has made collaboration across distances and time zones a cake walk. Microsoft’s star offering Office 365 happens to be the perfect example. A power-packed business app offering, containing giants like SharePoint, Yammer, OneDrive, and Skype for Business among others.

Microsoft 365 apps

Make sure to buy the Office 365 software from a trusted Microsoft partner wherein you receive their premier support services as well as, complete implementation and migration services.

If you would like to buy Office 365 for your company, you can take a look at our offerings and take a pick. Check it out here.

Business Intelligence and Analytics

A discussion on the various advantages of technology for SMEs would be incomplete without discussing the powerhouse of benefits brought forth by business intelligence and data analytics.

The world produces approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes, a day.  (Source: www.iflscience.com)

Technology & Analytics

By applying analytics and business intelligence to this humongous data source, businesses can make faster and more informed decisions without much effort. Be it enterprise data, external data, or even the unstructured big data, with the right analytics tools and dashboards you can understand your customer preferences better, identify market trends as well as study competitor behavior and work on your strategies, likewise.

Machine for Learning

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One of the newest and most innovative tools in the industry, Machine 4 Learning is a G7 CR offering wherein we offer institutions and organizations the advantage of hosting their practice and lab processes on cloud. This helps them reduce overheads, reduce risk of damage to physical hardware, handle software roll-outs more easily, and keep a track of how much lesson or practice session has been covered by each employee or student. Complete administrative control and easy access and scalability makes M4L a holistic education offering for all.

You can find out more about this offering here.

Are you wielding the power of technology in your business to its utmost potential? There is always something more that you can do with technology and how it can help you achieve your business goals faster, more effectively, and efficiently.

Find out how you can power up your business, today. Visit us to learn more or you can also request a call back here to get a quick hello from us.

Watch out this space for more information and news on technology, cloud computing, apps and more.

 

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