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    Cloud Computing for Small Business

    8 Reasons to Outsource Your IT to the Cloud

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    Today’s Speaker

    Tony Whitton Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, independenceIT Tony’s international and board level management experience combined with his working knowledge in both technology and service-based companies makes him ideally suited for his role as CEO at independence IT. Tony has extensive international business experience that includes both consulting and senior executive management. While president of Lex Electronics Inc., he grew sales by more than $600 million in seven years. In addition, he established and sold his own computer software training firm and has provided consulting services and leadership to a wide range of companies in the IT industry.

    Education: Oxford University, B.A. with honors, Geography Post Graduate Diploma (DPSA), Labor Relations

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    What You’ll Learn

    • What is cloud computing?

    • What types of cloud computing exist?

    • Trends in small business cloud computing

    • Eight benefits to outsourcing your IT

    • Questions to ask a Cloud Service Provider (CSP)

    • Q&A session

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    You’ve heard a lot about it.

    It’s a popular buzzword.

    But what is cloud computing in layman’s terms?

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    What is Cloud Computing?

    Definition: Computing in which services and storage are provided over the Internet (or “cloud”)

    Examples:

    • QuickBooks

    • Google Docs

    • Salesforce/Force.com

    • Box.net

    • Flickr

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    Types of Cloud Computing

    Software as a Service (SaaS)

    • Vendors offer software via the Internet

    • Users access data and software online

    Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

    • Shared hosting systems that provide development environment for developers

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    Types of Cloud Computing

    Hardware as a Service (HaaS)

    • Users access additional computing power/storage

    Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

    • Users access desktop online (applications, programs, data)

    • Subscription-based

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    How Cloud Computing Works

    • You own the PC, laptop, tablet, smart phone

    • Access applications and data through the web

    • CSP manages all or some of the things you don’t want to, like:

    – Security

    – Applications

    – Data storage and backup

    – Infrastructure

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    It’s a Trend

    7% Of small business owners were using cloud services in April 2010.

    Source: technology-research firm IDC

    Will be using cloud computing services by mid-2011.

    10%

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    It’s a Trend

    71% Of experts say that cloud computing will become more dominant than the desktop in the next decade.

    Source: Pew Research Center, Future of the Internet Survey

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    It’s a Trend

    2009

    2013

    500,000 users of Cloud Computing Services

    Anticipated 49,000,000 users of Cloud Computing Services

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    How can cloud computing help your business?

    We’ve put together 8 benefits to moving your desktop to

    the cloud.

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    Eight Benefits to Cloud Computing

    Benefit 1: Accessibility & Mobility

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    Benefit 1: Accessibility & Mobility

    • Cloud computing allows employees remote access

    • Access more easily with mobile devices

    • Internet connection needed

    • Monitor employee activity during work at home cycle

    Implications:

    • Telecommuting

    • Virtual office

    • Remote/mobile employees

    • Earth-friendly business

    • Reduces need for work stations

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    Red Carpet Charters, motor coach company

    Challenge:

    • Mobile business

    Solution:

    • Moved desktop applications to the cloud

    Result:

    • Access data and applications on the road

    • Get up-to-date reports and schedules at any location

    Accessibility Case Study

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    Benefit 2: Maintenance

    Eight Benefits to Cloud Computing

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    • Service provider repairs and maintains equipment

    • Track software maintenance plans, schedule upgrades

    Implications:

    • Employees are not interrupted by IT upgrades

    • Important updates made automatically in real-time.

    • More productivity

    Benefit 2: Maintenance

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    Eight Benefits to Cloud Computing

    Benefit 3: Data Recovery

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    • Data is backed up regularly

    • Data is stored in multiple locations

    • Data easily recovered

    Implications:

    • No lost data due to disaster

    • No time lost; back up is the responsibility of the service provider

    Benefit 3: Data Recovery

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    Eight Benefits to Cloud Computing

    Benefit 4: Security

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    • Service provider monitors infrastructure 24/7

    • Data is stored off-site

    Implications:

    • Less chance that data will be stolen by employees

    • Protect against hackers, viruses and intruders

    Benefit 4: Security

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    Eight Benefits to Cloud Computing

    Benefit 5: Minimal IT Staff

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    • Service provider manages infrastructure

    • Provides end-user support

    Implications:

    • Less support and management costs

    • IT department/others can focus on strate