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06 Mar 2013
by meagancleary

Should you move your business to the cloud?

Wondering if you should move your business to the cloud? Here are 7 indications that cloud computing is right for you:

1 DOES YOUR BUSINESS HAVE AGING EQUIPMENT?

Recently, the state of Kansas has been completely unable to process requests for several days at DMV offices statewide. The culprit? Their eight-year-old in-house servers finally crashed. Had they moved their operations into the cloud, they could have avoided the costly meltdown—most cloud providers include upgrades in the hosting cost.
2 ARE THERE SEASONAL SWINGS THAT AFFECT YOUR NETWORK’S CAPACITY?

The cloud can be scaled up or down to meet your network needs, even if you boom during the holidays and slow down during the summer months. This means no more system overloads or purchasing equipment with a workload capacity you only need once a year.
3 DO YOU EXPECT YOUR BUSINESS TO GROW MORE THAN 10 PERCENT THIS YEAR OR NEXT?

Your cloud grows with you, enabling you to easily add employees, locations, or applications as you need them. Plus, moving to the cloud frees up the time you spend on IT so you can focus on other elements of your business—like growing profits.
4 ARE YOU TESTING NEW GEOGRAPHIES OR OPENING NEW LOCATIONS?

You’ll need to make your applications and tools available in all locations for employees to work as needed. What better way than anytime, anywhere access to your business’ applications in the cloud?

5 HOW MUCH OF YOUR STAFF WORKS FROM HOME OR FROM THE ROAD?

If your business requires travel or if you allow your staff to work from home, the cloud offers an ideal secure solution for working outside of the traditional office. All you need is internet access to tap into your remote office.

6 ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WAYS TO FREE UP CASH FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

The numbers out there are true—cloud services can save your business a pile of money by eliminating your expenditures for hardware and software. Our customers regularly record as much as 58 percent in savings over three years.

7 IS YOUR BUSINESS A STARTUP?

The cloud eliminates a large portion of a company’s initial investments in technology infrastructure, plus you know it’s done right and managed appropriately from the start.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a good chance your business is right for the cloud.

To take the first steps in moving your business to a smarter IT solution, call N9 Hosting at 416.218.4254 ext. 2533 or email info@n9hosting.com

03 Jan 2013
by meagancleary

Cloud Computing Benefits your Business: 7 reasons to move to the cloud

Cloud Computing is the right choice for your business’ IT needs. Here’s why:

1. You have aging IT equipment.

Not long ago the state of Kansas was unable to process requests at DMV offices statewide for several days. The reason? Their eight year old servers had finally crashed. If they had moved to the cloud they would have avoided this costly downtime. Most cloud providers include hardware upgrades in the monthly cost.

2. There are seasonal swings in your business that affect your network capacity.

Retailers know this one only too well. The rush up to Christmas is crazy, and there is never enough capacity. But then it gets slow for several months after January 1. With cloud resources you can scale up and scale down as you need to, without carrying the cost of that capacity all year long.

3. Your business is growing rapidly.

That’s great! The cloud can grow with you, so you can easily add employees, locations or applications as you need them. Not only this, but instead of focusing on building out your IT infrastructure, you can focus on growing your business’ profits.

4. You are testing new geography or opening new locations.

With the cloud, all you need at that new location is an internet connection. This reduces the risk of expansion on the IT side considerably.

5. Some of your staff work mostly from home or on the road.

If your team travels a lot, or if you let them work from home, then the cloud offers a secure solution for working outside the traditional office. Internet access and the appropriate device is all they need.

6. You are looking for ways to free up cash for your business.

Your accountant will tell you that the cloud is an Opex, not a Capex. And that is a good thing. But not only that, the numbers are in and typically a cloud implementation costs at least 58% less.

7. Your business is a startup.

With the cloud, you don’t have to worry about investing in a lot of infrastructure. Use that cash to go directly towards sales and marketing, and all the other things a new business requires. Plus you will know that your IT is being done right.

To learn more about why the cloud is right for your business, and to get started moving to the cloud, contact N9 at info@n9hosting.com

Hosted Microsoft Solutions: New offerings from N9 Hosting Solutions

N9 Hosting, with BDO Canada now offers two new hosted Microsoft solutions. Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM are business solutions that can streamline your business processes and take the behind-the-scenes work of maintaining software solutions off your hands.

Why hosted?

Top Security

Our secure cloud environment maintains greater than industry standards for security.  Your sensitive data and information is protected.

Ease of Use

When your software is hosted by N9, we take care of software updates, service and support issues.

Lower Cost

Allowing N9 to host your Microsoft CRM implementation means that your business takes on none of the overhead costs of network infrastructure and hardware, and never incurs maintenance or repairs costs as these items require upgrades or repair.

Flexibility to Grow

Adding users, data storage and server capacity is as simple as making a request to N9, meaning that as your business grows, so does your service.

To learn more about each of these hosted Microsoft solutions, click on the logos below, or contact N9 directly at (416) 646-7454

 

 

 

29 Jul 2011
by meagancleary

Data Security on the Cloud: 5 steps to protect your business

Cloud computing is allowing businesses to shift their information technology software and applications away from traditional in-house IT installations towards lighter, more flexible and accessible solutions. Ease of communication, collaboration and lighter overhead costs make this new way of thinking about how businesses manage their data very appealing. At the same time, this shift to offsite hosting of sensitive information raises many legitimate concerns about the potential for data leakage.

Data Security on the Cloud

Protecting your business’ data is possible. By taking a few precautionary steps, your organization can ensure that transitioning to cloud computing doesn’t come at the expense of your classified information.

Here are Horn’s top five recommendations for maintaining your business information as you make the change to cloud computing.

1. Select your vendor carefully.

Look for a provider that has implemented an appropriate level of security. One that will manage data during termination of service, maintain separation of client data and backups, and improve your existing backup practices.

Make sure that your vendor has implemented a good level of security, and ensure that you will have a means of audit and incident response with the vendor (i.e. access to event and firewall logs).

2. Allocate resources for implementing proper controls.

Transferring users and data to the cloud and establishing access controls will require additional resources. When budgeting a cloud transition, consider the extra work that will be required to make this change and allocate resources accordingly.

3. Identify appropriate usage controls.

Data should be encrypted and technical controls such as pre-configured browser settings can (and should) be provided to each user.

4. Define a data protection and classification policy.

Make sure that the classification, limits and appropriate control mechanisms for monitoring data in the cloud are established and clear to all users.

5. Ensure that employees are aware of data security and related policies.

Make sure that all staff who will access and use your data are aware of policies about that use and provide training/information to help ensure compliance.

Following these five guidelines will go a long way towards making sure that your cloud enabled business is protected from data leaks.

As more and more businesses make the change to cloud computing, developing strong security policies and practices for this new way of accessing information is essential. For more information about developing strong security practices, or to find out how Horn can help your business transition to the Cloud, please contact us at info@horn-it.com or 416-421-1085 ext 6.

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