Technology drives modern business, regardless of size or industry. It’s how we interact with customers, distribute information, push revenue, and solve problems. However, for small and medium-sized businesses and startups, technology implementation is another in a long list of issues that result from a lack of resources.
Few people have the expertise to manage much of today’s technology, and most independent businesses cannot afford to hire a full-time IT staff, here are ways that managed IT services can really benefit small businesses.
Cost & Scalability – A “metal” footprint (on-premises servers) hemorrhages IT dollars. Not only are there significant capital expenses associated with servers, networking equipment, etc., but all of it depreciates and requires maintenance and eventual replacement. A managed services provider (like Newtek!) can save your business up to 60% on IT costs—sometimes more—and convert your large capital purchases into small operating costs.
Trust & Reliability -Data centers built for cloud infrastructures are designed for extremely high levels of uptime. On average, clients experience greater than 99.99% uptime levels, and gain the peace of mind that their data, and the connectivity and power that support that data are fully redundant and free of service interruptions. And if there are any issues that impact your services, there are teams on-site to respond immediately.
The cloud can be considered your businesses virtual data center, designed to work seamlessly with your day-to-day operations, just like your existing on-premise solution currently does—only now, with the added cost and security benefits of the cloud. There are also no limitations or restrictions as to what you can run, store, or retrieve once you’re in our cloud; you will have full control of and access to your environment.
Security & Compliance – While the threat of data breach still exists with cloud computing, when compared to on-premise infrastructure solutions, security and compliance cannot be beaten. For one, there is a physical risk of keeping your infrastructure on premises such as damage and theft. If someone with a screwdriver or crowbar could gain access to your on-premises servers, your entire business is in jeopardy. Remember, the data on your servers could be much more valuable to a thief than what they could get out of a gas-station cash register. The digital risk of cyber attack is much higher with on-premise business servers, as most on-prem systems are not equipped with the backup and migration tools needed to successfully combat and recover from attack.