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Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on shared computing resources rather than having local servers or personal computers to handle applications.

In its most simple description, cloud computing is taking services (“cloud services”) and moving them outside an organization’s firewall. Applications, storage and other services are accessed via the Web. The services are delivered and used over the Internet and are paid for by the cloud customer on an as-needed or pay-per-use business model.

Our Cloud Solutions provides hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

The Economic Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing can be used for almost all types of applications, not just business security. While the idea of operating “in the cloud” can sometimes seem hard to grasp, it’s clear that it saves its users money – especially SMBs, including small office/home office (SOHO) – and you’re probably doing business in the cloud already and you don’t even realize it.

Read on to discover five reasons why moving to the cloud will save you money and improve operations:

Scalable hardware means you pay for what you use

Cloud computing brings natural economies of scale. The practicalities of cloud computing mean high utilization and smoothing of the inevitable peaks and troughs in workloads. Rather than using a dedicated server that you own, maintain, and pay for regardless of demand, your workloads will share server infrastructure with other organizations’ computing needs. This allows the cloud-computing provider to optimize the hardware needs of its data centers, which means you’re not paying for idle infrastructure which results in lower operating costs.

You’ll save money on energy costs

Cloud computing uses less electricity. That’s an inevitable result that comes with scalable computing: Better hardware utilization means more efficient power use for your business. When you run your own data center, your servers won’t be fully-utilized (unless yours is a very unusual organization). Idle servers waste energy, which means that regardless of demand, a cloud service provider can charge you less for energy used than you’re spending in your own data center.

You’ll save money by streamlining your workforce

Whenever we analyze an organization’s computing costs, the biggest single line item is often the staffing budget, which can make up more than half of the operational cost for a business.

What makes this amount so high? Good IT people are expensive; Their salaries, benefits, and other employment costs usually outweigh the costs of hardware and software and that’s before you add in the cost of recruiting good staff with the right experience.

When you move to the cloud, some of the money you pay for the service goes to the provider’s staffing costs. But it’s typically a much smaller amount than if you did all that work in-house. Yet again, we have to thank our old friend: economies of scale.

This doesn’t mean that you’ll be forced to downsize your current staff, but rather, you’ll be able to efficiently improve your IT department’s operations by deploying staff to other areas of your business, improving your bottom-line capabilities.

Zero upfront costs

When you run your own servers, you’re looking at upfront capital costs, but in a cloud-based model, financing that capital investment is someone else’s problem.

Sure, if you run the servers yourself, the accounting wizards do their amortization magic which makes it appear that the cost gets spread over a server’s life. But that money still has to come from somewhere, so it’s capital that otherwise can’t be invested in the business—be it actual money or a line of credit. With cloud-based computing, there’s far less variability in cost as your business scales, removing a significant barrier to growth.

Resilience without redundancy

When you run your own localized data centers and servers, you need to buy more hardware than you need in case of failure. In extreme cases, you need to duplicate everything. Having spare hardware lying idle, “just in case,” is an expensive way to maximize uptime.

Instead, why not let a cloud computing service deal with the redundancy requirement? Typical clouds have several locations for their data centers, and they mirror your data and applications across at least two of them. That’s a less expensive way of doing it, and another way to enjoy the cloud’s economies of scale.

Plus, it’s good for the environment (and it saves you money, too)

Whether or not they believe in global warming, many organizations want to do something about it. This is either because their customers want to do business with green companies, or simply through a genuine desire to emit less CO2, or other gases believed to warm the planet.

By moving to the cloud, you’ll be greener in two ways. First, you’ll be saving energy, which as previously covered, saves you on your operating costs. Second, you’ll be taking advantage of the work that your cloud service provider has done to reduce its data centers’ carbon footprint. Think of it as saving money that you might otherwise spend on carbon offsets.

It’s Reality

Cloud computing is now a proven, mainstream alternative for SMBs and SoHo. Moving to the cloud will save you money, not just for your cloud security needs, but for many other types of data center workloads. Webroot was the first cybersecurity provider to migrate to the cloud back in 2011. The move allowed us to provide our customers with extremely lightweight software that’s able to fend off threats without hogging space or slowing you down.

Cloud Services

The Cloud Solutions we provide

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    VOICE

    Black Tie’s Voice over IP offerings provides customers with a powerful, feature-rich IP telephony system, without the cost or hassle associated with owning an on-site PBX. We enable voice routing to local and international numbers at cost effective rates, and leverage our own high-speed fibre network to ensure that voice quality is never compromised. Black Tie VoIP provides businesses with low cost VoIP solutions, as well as the modern tools and capabilities necessary to transform the way they communicate.

    Key benefits
    Our feature rich, cost effective cloud PBX allows for centralised management of all extensions and call features for each and every branch. The installation and deployment times are much shorter than that of conventional on-site systems, bringing your business more convenience. Cost-effective rate plans allow for enormous savings on fixed line alternatives.

    Ideal for
    Businesses that are looking to converge their voice and data networks while saving money on the overall cost of their telecommunications solution.

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    ONLINE BACKUP

    Black Tie Support’s Online Backup enables automated backups for your endpoints or servers from anywhere, at any time, with support for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. In the event of data loss or corruption, businesses can retrieve data from the storage platform and restore it to its original or another location, in a few easy steps.

     

    Key benefits
    This service is both flexible and scalable, making it well-suited to any size business. By enabling automated backups, a business can rest assured that all of their critical data is secure in the Black Tie Cloud. Central administration of your backups is enabled through a user friendly web portal. Online Backup can be coupled with Black Tie’s Virtual Server Hosting for full system backup & recovery of your virtual hosts.

    Ideal for
    Small, medium or large businesses who are worried about losing important or sensitive information, due to issues like file corruption or accidental deletion.

Benefits to bank on

Our cloud clients are able to increase end-user productivity without sacrificing usability.

  • Business Agility

    Business growth and seasonal flexibility are easily scaled as our Black Tie Cloud Solutions adapt to the client’s needs allowing them to easily add and remove users and applications without a headache. And pay only for what is needed.

  • Security and compliance

    Our clients are able to control business sensitive data and adhere to compliance voice mandates securely and efficiently while enabling staff to access the data when and how they need it. All in the Black Tie VoIP Cloud

  • Office mobility

    We help clients create secure applications and remote user experiences in a reliable and secure cloud facility for a mobile workforce that can extend to multiple branches and offsite contractors via our VPS and VoIP clouds.

  • Application development

    We develop custom application in the cloud for our clients who want to control their intellectual property. Bespoke CRM and other business software we develop help companies streamline sensitive processes and increase effeciency.

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VoIP Cloud

Telephony Management & Storage in the Cloud

We provide a full featured Black Tie VoIP Dashboard for all our clients. Users can manage, monitor and analyze Call Data Records and Reports. They can control and mange users and payments, and also store call recordings on our Black Tie VoIP cloud.

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