Email, Calendaring, and Task List which is sharable with your team, accessible from multiple devices and when offline, and which does not require duplication of effort.
Traditional POP email may have some limited sharing ability, may be accessible from multiple devices (but not necessarily synced), is available offline, but generally requires duplicated effort when used from mobile devices.
Traditional web email may have limited sharing ability, is accessible from multiple devices but not always offline, generally does not require duplicated effort but may be harder to use for heavy business users.
Mostly. Files are stored electronically, and accessed from inside a dedicated application or from certain connected applications. Files can be searched by keyword or name, and multiple people can access the same file at the same time.
It’s easy, but very different from the traditional method - there is a learning curve.
For certain businesses where security or traffic analysis is an issue. It can be easier to install and maintain than traditional DVR-based solutions, though it depends on reliable internet connections too.
Yes, for businesses who already have security cameras (hosted video is easier and often cheaper), for businesses who need security cameras (it’s similar to lower start-up costs and better benefits), or for businesses who can benefit from the traffic analysis tools.
A Virtual Hosted Server (aka Cloud Server) behaves like a traditional Windows or other office server, but is hosted in a remote data center, runs on virtualized equipment (for high redundancy and availability), and is generally paid for via a monthly fee (OpEx) rather than a traditional one-time purchase or leased arrangement.
Yes - for customers who want to improve the reliability of their servers and reduce their dependence on their “computer guy”.
Hosted Servers provide similar functionality to normal servers, but are maintained by the service provider. So the customer doesn’t have to worry about maintenance and backup - that’s all taken care of as part of the monthly hosting fee.
There may be speed issues with certain applications, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
Yes - server support comes from the team a the data center instead of one local guy. Up front costs are eliminated in favor of an all-inclusive monthly fee. And server upgrades, changes, and take-downs are possible with just a few minutes notice.
Desktop costs are covered by a flat monthly fee, and users can access “their” machine from any internet-enabled computer. Local hardware failures are no problem - simply get a new terminal or another machine and keep going.
Also, a hosted desktop can benefit from dramatically reduced software licensing costs. Example: A user with a desktop and laptop computer would normally need 2 licenses for every application (one for each PC), but if both devices are just conduits for the hosted desktop, only 1 license is needed.
Maybe. Currently special steps must be taken to use local resources, like printers, USB devices, or special accessories. Speed may be a problem depending on the quality of your internet connection. Some applications cannot function in a hosted environment.
Not really. There are multiple questions such as whether to focus on organic search or pay-per-click, which search engines to advertise on, whether to advertise in alternate venues like Facebook ads, banner ads, etc.
Protecting your data from loss due to system failure, theft, disaster, or intentional attacks, and providing a system to restore your computer systems’ functionality quickly during any critical system event.
YES. It gives small businesses the same benefits as hiring their own CIO/CTO, at a fraction of the price. It also reduces downtime, stabilizes expenses, and can add new technologies to improve your business.