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The Advantages of a Decentralized Business Structure

Decentralization is a type of organizational structure that distributes power by delegating responsibilities to middle- and lower-level managers. While it’s a departure from traditional business structures, it holds certain benefits for managing daily operations. In this blog, Nebula Solutions takes a look at the benefits of decentralization, and how it can be easily achieved with VoIP phone solutions.

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The Most Popular VoIP Terms and What They Mean

PBX. SIP. Cloud. If you’re new to VoIP phones, these terms can get overwhelming. But don’t worry, we have your back. Here’s a quick guide to the most popular VoIP terms, which will help you make sense of all the jargon. More importantly, it can help you decide on the features that your business needs.

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What is Cloud Computing? A Non-Technical Perspective

Cloud computing has turned into lifeblood for the enterprises as well as customers. If businesses want to win the race, they will have to get on board quickly. Several people believe that Cloud is nothing but the same old wine in a new bottle. Logic behind this belief is that cloud computing is just a natural progression from the existing mainframe computing or managed hosting. However, one thing that the naysayers miss out on is that even though cloud might be just an incremental change over the existing technology, it’s a fast changing world out there and cloud is the next big change.

The big change on the cloud is the shift from infrastructure and applications to being data oriented. Computing hardware has been almost completely commoditized; however, even a few years ago software was only the game of the bigger companies. Consumers now have option of choosing from different cloud computing delivery models like PaaS, SaaS and IaaS. They can use any of these models for their computing needs that can range from DIY (do-it-yourself) to DIFY (do-it-for-you). IT has been extended to the common people and consumers through the use of cloud computing.

Cloud Computing Offers

If we are to take the example of cloud computing being offered by any number of companies, we can easily spot numerous failures. However, the interesting thing is that it is absolutely fine to have such faults because cloud is a fast changing environment where engineers are experimenting with a lot of new things. Thus, when we compare with the well-oiled and better-managed data centers, we are going to find faults with other start-ups. Businesses or companies offering cloud computing services are bound to experience hiccups and even stumble from time to time because they are working to bring about a change. It is all about trial and error, so we have to cut them some slack while judging their quality of service.

The best thing is that the change in cloud computing is getting unflinching support from the public sector. Often the public sector has been regarded as a slow adopter of information technology; however, the most amazing aspect is that this sector has been the biggest driver behind the change in cloud computing. It is quite understandable when we see industry bigwigs like Larry Ellison, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos vouch for cloud computing but the size of the game can be comprehended from the fact when we see the U.S. Federal CIO’s name featured  on the list. The scale of the cloud computing market can be judged from the huge excitement it has managed to create among the industry leaders.

The change is there for everyone to see and those who seem to be missing out on the big picture are being distracted because of focusing on other aspects. The market has grown significantly and on minute observation, one can judge the value quite easily. No other market change has ever been so transparent and open. For a non-technical person it all boils down to their perspective of cloud and keeping aside all the changes, they have to decide whether they want to be part of the change or just wait to see whether these changes fail and leave them unchanged.

About Nebula Solutions

Nebula Solutions (originally Technology Convergence Group (TCG)) is a provider of business telecommunication solutions in the Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio areas. Nebula Solutions is a Toshiba Platinum Dealer, which is the highest attainable certification level. Nebula Solutions supports all Toshiba telephone systems from the IPedge VoIP system all the way to Strata communication systems. At Nebula Solutions, our technicians are Toshiba certified and have an average of over 20 years of experience.

Call (888) 257-0955 today for all your telecommunication needs.

 

Cloud Telephony Security: Why you Need Not Worry.

Cloud Telephone_SecurityRecent surveys have come up with an interesting data on cloud – 54% of the businesses do not avail cloud based services because they are either worried about security on cloud or do not have any knowledge about the security issues. The blame thus falls upon us for having failed to inform businesses about cloud security.

Lack of Information

Businesses around the world never received proper and timely information about cloud and when it comes to large scale businesses, the lack of information is glaring. Cloud can actually turn business processes extremely efficient by leveraging data and communication while eliminating the needs of buying and maintaining hardware. Investment on hosted and cloud solutions can actually help you complete typical communication and IT tasks within a few hours rather than dragging the same for weeks.

The Need for Security

Security has always been a concern for the general public like you and me because, when it comes to security, we always tend to rely more upon hardware than software. However, this is not at all true and there is no evidence supporting such a belief. Whenever you decide to switch to the cloud (for the existing data or for the office phone system) then you will definitely come up with questions pertaining to security and safety. Cloud security is always at the hands of the service provider. Thus, it is imperative that the service providers take all the measures to ensure proper security.

Misplaced Confidence?

An interesting data about the IT professionals is that about 85% of them are confident about being provided a secure environment by their cloud provider. However, there are another 15% of IT professionals who have certain concerns like the few mentioned below:

  • Business interruptions or system downtime
  • Data loss or exposure during transfer to/from cloud
  • Data encryption issues
  • Physical security of data centers
  • Vulnerability of shared technology
  • Unwanted and malicious activity by the privileged administrators or insiders at the cloud service providers
  • Identifying or authenticating users
  • Assessment and comparison cloud providers
  • Legal or regulatory compliance requirements

The reasons why majority of the businesses are switching to the cloud for both their hardware and software requirements are shown below.

Cost – Moving to the cloud often helps a company save a lot of money that they would otherwise spend on maintenance and upgrades. You will be able to avail the managed services once the software or hardware is put into a data centre. This will reduce your overheads by quite a few notches. For instance, you will never have to worry about the electricity costs at your office as the cloud service provider would take care of the maintenance needs for a fixed monthly cost.

Resiliency – every data centre has three different types of power backup i.e. traditional main line, UPS battery backup, and a generator. This helps your communication or other system on the cloud to be up at any time of the day. In case of any issues, multiple network providers will be able to provide you full redundancy. Some data centers have symmetrical backups in other centers, sometimes even in other countries. Issues such as earthquakes, storm, and dust are all considered for the location.

Space – Your telephone equipments along with the needed servers can take up a big part of your office space. However, when you move everything to the cloud, you will be able to free up the space taken up by your communications room. The freed up space can then be used for other business purposes.

Security on the cloud might be a big issue for some of the business owners but the above reasons is good enough for you to leave those worries to the providers. Cloud technology and its security issues are being resolved quickly, so you can safely move to the cloud and enjoy its advantages.

About Nebula Solutions

Nebula Solutions (originally Technology Convergence Group (TCG)) is a provider of business telecommunication solutions in the Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio areas. Nebula Solutions is a Toshiba Platinum Dealer, which is the highest attainable certification level. Nebula Solutions supports all Toshiba telephone systems from the IPedge VoIP system all the way to Strata communication systems. At Nebula Solutions, our technicians are Toshiba certified and have an average of over 20 years of experience.

Call (888) 257-0955 today for all your telecommunication needs.