Cloud connections: which service is the best fit for my business?

Posted on July 13, 2018

Cloud Connections

The most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data has shown that the adoption of cloud computing services has risen from 19 percent to 31 percent in a 12-month period of time — highlighting how big the growth in the sector is.

And IT research firm Gartner revealed that Australia's cloud market reached A$6.5 billion in 2017 —  a rise of 15 percent in 2016.

Cloud services are a booming industry, but which services are right for your business? We will look into the future of cloud-based storage solutions and explore the different providers and options for business today.

Cloud services to overtake the public Internet

The rise of cloud connection in business has been exponential, as outlined in the inaugural Global Interconnection Index conducted in late 2017 by industry leaders Equinix.

This study has revealed that private data exchange between business will soon outpace the public internet, with the capacity of these cloud services growing at almost twice the rate of the web.

And it projects that these private connections in the cloud will be six times larger than the volume of global IP traffic by 2020.

The study also shows that the United States' installed capacity will make up a third of Interconnection Bandwidth globally in the same period of time.

Why choosing the right provider is critical

There are many different service providers available for business to connect to the cloud, but there are key differences in what they offer.

Cloud service providers like O365, Amazon Workspaces, Azure, Rackspace, SalesForce.com, Google Apps, Sharefile, and Dropbox can offer a limited range of services, depending on what your needs are.

But there are also managed services providers, which can offer all of the services that cloud providers offer (like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and file sharing, while also offering higher levels of IT support.

Managed solutions can take care of malicious software/virus detection and management, data security, disaster recovery and backup as well as IT strategies and planning for growth in the future. This is where Vocus comes in, offering you a complete management system where you can focus on your business, without stressing about your connections.

How Vocus can tailor a cloud solution to your needs

Vocus offers high speed cloud connectivity through high-performance ethernet links to cloud service providers Amazon Web Services, Azure or IBM SoftLayer. This private network means transfer rates will never dip below 50Mbps but can scale all the way up to 10Gbps.

Signing up is simple as well, all you need to do is send your service provider key and Vocus will take care of the rest of the process, delivering you lightning-fast transfer rates that will also cut down on your internet bill through reduced traffic.

DVG Automotive Group is one client that has improved operations using Vocus cloud services. The Western Australian company has 30 dealerships and over 600 staff spread across the state, so they migrated all of their IT systems, email and their critical dealer management system (DMS) onto the cloud. 

DVG Group general affairs manager Rick Morcom said that immediately streamlined operations.

"It has increased the speed of our DMS dramatically so the operators are no longer waiting for keystrokes to load. It is so much quicker to use and operate," he said.

To find out more about how you can migrate your services into the cloud, contact us.

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