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The market for cloud computing is growing at a steady pace, as small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and major corporations use various cloud-based systems and applications. With enterprise-level cloud solutions offered by managed services providers (MSPs) like Cyber Shift Technologies, SMEs benefit from automatic updates, reduced IT capital investments, and much more.

But it can be challenging to find the perfect solution that fits your company’s IT strategy. Moreover, choosing a cloud platform becomes complex since MSPs provide a vast range of cloud features that your business may not need. So how do you choose the ideal cloud solution for your enterprise?

Identify business areas that need improvement

The first thing you must do is determine the kinds of services that will improve your SME’s operations. Does your enterprise need large storage space for files? Then get a cloud storage solution that will serve that need. After you’ve identified your problem areas, you may narrow down your list of MSPs to choose from.

Choose the type of cloud that is best for your business

It pays to compare and contrast the types of cloud so you can determine which of them best suits your needs.

Public cloud

A public cloud environment serves numerous clients in a shared infrastructure, so it is best used for storing less critical data. Although it has several benefits such as scalability and is usually offered in flexible free and subscription-based options, some business owners are concerned about security because it is often prone to cyberattacks.

Private cloud

In a private cloud environment, a business gets sole access to resources, unlike the public option where multiple customers share infrastructure resources. It provides greater security and is best for storing sensitive data. It adapts to unpredictable needs and changing business models, which is why regulated industries like healthcare use it.

Hybrid cloud

This cloud type combines the best features of the private and the public cloud. Hybrid clouds consist of several public and private clouds, allowing your business to move its workloads between them if necessary. Hybrids make use of an on-premises public repository for less sensitive information, and a private one for confidential data.

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Select a cloud model that suits your needs

A lot of cloud services are distributed using the “as-a-Service” model, including:

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

These are applications or software that are ready-made and designed to address particular computing needs. Instead of creating your own apps for communications, storage, accounting, and other processes, this software distribution model lets you conveniently subscribe to a set of applications offered via the internet by a third party.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

This solution is best for companies that need a data center for hosting files, applications, and other content that on-premises networks often handle. Rather than creating your own data center for your business, you are renting a remote data center. If your enterprise has its own tools but lacks the resources to create its IT infrastructure, IaaS is best for you.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

This cloud model acts as an extended form of IaaS, but it differs in that it allows companies to design, create, and manage their own software by providing both the platform and the infrastructure they need. If your business wants to create its own systems and tools, you can’t go wrong with this solution.

SMEs that don’t have the resources to create their own apps normally choose an SaaS cloud model. That’s because if ready-made cloud apps fulfill some of their computing requirements, they could allocate resources to build even more useful apps.

Cyber Shift Technologies has known IT for over a decade, and our engineers continue to help businesses across different industries solve IT issues or implement custom-built solutions. Get in touch with us today, and shift your IT into high gear.

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