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Cloud-Hosted Tools Your Business Should Consider

Cloud-Hosted Tools Your Business Should Consider

The cloud has provided organizations with countless ways to innovate and improve operations, but for those who are just now jumping on this great opportunity, you might have some questions about how to get the most out of the cloud or how to even get started. Let’s discuss some of the major benefits of cloud computing, as well as why it’s critical to consider it in the years to come.

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Switch the Hosted Email to Save Money

Switch the Hosted Email to Save Money

Email is one of the most common communication tools used by businesses, but not all options are as good as others. For this week’s tip, we’re recommending that you embrace hosted email in your own operations. Here’s why.

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How Your Business Can Take Advantage of the Cloud

How Your Business Can Take Advantage of the Cloud

The cloud has proven exceptionally useful to businesses in a variety of ways, as it offers a means for these businesses to continue accessing their crucial tools and solutions. Let’s examine a few utilities that your organization could receive via cloud services, and how they would benefit your processes.

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Cloud Computing Offers Quick Solutions

Cloud Computing Offers Quick Solutions

Most businesses today use cloud computing in one way or another. As people have been working from home, the value of cloud-based platforms has been noticed by new organizations of all types. With some businesses having seen significant cost reduction with their workforce dispersed, investing in cloud computing is being suggested by industry professionals to enhance access for remote workers. Today, we’ll take a look at the cloud migration process and how moving some platforms to the cloud is the logical next step for some businesses. 

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Hosted VoIP Is a Communications Game Changer

Hosted VoIP Is a Communications Game Changer

For the small business owner, this has to go down as one of the most challenging periods in recent memory. Many of the more fortunate businesses have shifted their operations remotely as stay-at-home orders were in place with varying degrees of success. Regardless of where your business is in relation to normal, you’ll always be looking for solutions that will both reduce costs and bring more dynamic functionality to your business. One such solution is hosted VoIP.

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Collaboration Tools Your Business Can Rely On

Collaboration Tools Your Business Can Rely On

In the modern workplace, collaboration plays a critical role. Successful businesses depend on a collaborative effort to create their products or deploy their services. With the world on pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic, cloud computing has strong and useful tools for businesses for its cost effectiveness and its ability to support remote workers. Today, we are going to look at some of the cloud-based collaboration tools businesses are using to keep their businesses in action.

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Hosted Desktops and How They May Be Right for You

Hosted Desktops and How They May Be Right for You

Upgrading your business’ technology can be extraordinarily expensive. If you’ve been using the same desktops for years, but don't necessarily have the money to upgrade your whole business’ IT, an option that you can consider is deploying a hosted desktop. Today, we will define exactly what a hosted desktop is, and why it is a good solution for companies that are in a bind. 

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Cloud Resources Can Be Costly

Cloud Resources Can Be Costly

Being an authority in small business IT, we have to suggest a lot of different solutions to our clients. One thing we are sure to do is to suggest implementing cloud platforms, whether public or private, as a way to extend the reach of your business. The problem becomes that once some people are bit by the cloud bug, they go all out. Today, we’ll take a look at cloud computing’s cost, and whether or not access to cloud applications can actually be hurting your business.

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Which Hosted Solution Are You Depending On?

Which Hosted Solution Are You Depending On?

The cloud has taken over the business environment, and every business that takes advantage of it needs to consider several factors to ensure that they purchase the right one for their specific needs. Here are three common talking points for businesses to consider when investing in a cloud-based solution.

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Comparing Physical and Virtual Servers

Comparing Physical and Virtual Servers

Every IT infrastructure needs a server to ensure that information is spread properly throughout the network. However, while servers were once tied to the business’ location, now they are also able to be virtualized in a cloud solution. This brings forth the question: which is better for your business’ needs? Let’s determine that by comparing and contrasting these two server options.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Waste Capital In the Cloud

Tip of the Week: Don’t Waste Capital In the Cloud

The cloud has transformed the way people work; and, as a result people rely on it for more than ever. Some businesses have all their computing resources in the cloud, while many others utilize it for software as a service, communication tools, and other major parts of their business’ IT. The more businesses start relying on cloud-hosted computing resources, the more these cloud resources are being wasted. Since they come at a premium price, businesses are beginning to discover that they are wasting money on their cloud.

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The Cloud Can Effectively Be Used For File Sharing

The Cloud Can Effectively Be Used For File Sharing

Businesses today rely on technology, and as a result, their means of getting the resources they need are shifting and advancing. Consequently, cloud-based offerings have become popular because of their capabilities in the workplace. One of these capabilities has become particularly popular due to its utility to businesses: file sharing.

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5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Cloud Solution

5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Cloud Solution

The cloud is swiftly becoming the method by which most computing is done, especially as far as businesses are concerned. You may have been considering adding the cloud to your own IT strategy. However, in order to make your best decision, there are a few questions you need to ask

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Why the Bandwidth Shortage is Only Going to Get Worse

Why the Bandwidth Shortage is Only Going to Get Worse

A Poem about Internet Bandwidth
There’s a hunger still unsatisfied that reaches far across the land,
Caused by devices in every hand.
Encumbered forever by desire and ambition,
Who can feed this Netflix addiction?
Or, to put it plainly;
Keeping up with increasing bandwidth demands is straining.


Will there ever be enough?
To give you a sense of the looming bandwidth problems that are just over the horizon, consider these statistics and trends:

  • A single hour of HD video takes up about 3GB of data.
  • According to a 2015 Sandvine report:
    • Netflix accounts for 37 percent of all North American downstream Internet traffic.
    • YouTube is in second place at 16 percent.
  • According to Cisco, 50 billion IoT devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020.
  • According to a 2016 Spiceworks survey, 62 percent of companies use network-enabled security cameras. These HD cameras are infamous for producingdata-intensive video streams.
  • According to Sandvine, cloud-based file sharing services and online storage account for 40 percent of upstream North American traffic.
  • All things considered, media streaming, mobile devices, and cloud computing shouldn’t be viewed as merely fads. In fact, every IT professional is well aware that online media will eat up more bandwidth. As a result, businesses of all types are relying more on cloud-based services.

While this may not be much of a concern for the average consumer wishing to stream Netflix at home, these trends pose challenges to company networks supporting dozens or hundreds of users and devices. If users in your workplace are left unchecked, your network may slow to a crawl in the middle of the workday when you need it the most. We don’t have to tell you how bandwidth and bottleneck issues of this magnitude can wreak havoc on productivity, causing major and expensive downtime.

How to Ensure There’s Enough Bandwidth for Everyone in Your Office
Aside from obvious solutions, like implementing bandwidth monitoring tools and upgrading your company’s Internet package and internal switches so they can handle the increased traffic, you can curtail this problem by implementing some hard and fast policies regarding Internet usage in the workplace.

Taking proactive measures like these should especially be applied in relation to how employees use their mobile devices (a trend known as BYOD). For help blocking problem websites and apps from hogging up too much bandwidth on your network, one key tool designed to assist with this is a content filtering solution. Suffolk Computer Consultants can provide you with such a tool.

For your consideration, here are some additional tips on how you can optimize your company’s bandwidth, brought to you by Suffolk Computer Consultants:

  • Establish Quality of Service (QoS) policies for the services that are most important. By prioritizing business-critical applications like your VoIP phone system, line of business applications, and other everyday, always-on services, you can make sure they don’t get interrupted by an employee downloading large files or streaming hit shows like Westworld on their lunch break.
  • Set up an alternate network to allow for visitors and other users to access the web and social media to segregate the traffic from your business’ network. This is especially important for businesses that offer guest Wi-Fi. Just make sure that the users ask for the security code. Otherwise, you’ll never know what’s lurking on your free Wi-Fi network.
  • If your network bandwidth is being utilized excessively by particular sources, then putting data usage caps on users, services, or their devices can help you even out the distribution of your network resources.

For help managing your company’s network so that bandwidth is never in short supply, reach out to Suffolk Computer Consultants at 631-905-9617.

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If You Fail to Properly Train Your Staff Regarding the Cloud, They’ll Fail You

If You Fail to Properly Train Your Staff Regarding the Cloud, They’ll Fail You

It is no secret that the cloud has overwhelmingly improved much of business computing with its innovative features, yet that does not mean the use of cloud technology is free of concerns for a business to consider. In part due to the cloud’s flexibility with solutions, many companies have encountered serious problems that go so far as to put the entire business at risk. What follows are some concerns that businesses that plan to introduce the cloud to their workers will have to consider and prepare to deal with.

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