In this section you might find the answer to many questions that you have.

Q: I currently have a small business with 10 to 50 employees, what is the best way for me to get into the cloud?

A: You have to ask yourself, as a small business owner, how committed you want to be to the cloud. It could be something as simple as email or spam services, or you can get very involved and have your servers and desktops in the cloud as well.

Q: How do I move my business over to a cloud-based platform?

A: The first step in this process is to determine if both you and your business model are “cloud-ready.” Once you make this decision, then it is probably best to find a local cloud services provider who understands your technology needs.

Q: How do I find a cloud vendor that is best-suited for my specific technology needs?

A: Talk to your current solution provider and see if they are cloud-ready. If this is not the case, then MKE Cloud can help; simply fill out our information page and one of our technology consultants will contact you.

Q: What is the difference between a private vs. public cloud?

A: Public cloud is shared space computing power and resources, but you benefit from shared cost (lower price). Whereas private cloud is exclusive to you, but the cost is higher. People ask: “Which type is best for me?” The answer is it depends on your needs, price point and budget. Private cloud has its benefits because it is yours alone. However, many IT companies have low budgets, so private cloud is not an option.

Q: Is the cloud a passing trend or is it here to stay?

A: If you think about what is currently available for cloud services, you might be surprised to know that you are already utilizing “the cloud” via your mobile device, Facebook page or personal email account. The cloud is becoming more in-depth than ever; and now it’s just a matter of terminology.

According to a recent CompTIA survey, “Cloud Computing: Pulling Back the Curtain,” “The market opportunity cloud computing brings can’t be overstated. Cloud computing has morphed from a relatively limited set of Web-based services to a full gamut of business products and models. According to Analyst firm Gartner, cloud computing, as a marketplace, will grow to more than $150 billion by 2013. Gartner predicts that 20 percent of all business will own no IT infrastructure by 2012, as they will have completely transformed themselves into near-total cloud customers.”