Grudi Associates Utilizes Faster Internet Connections and New Virtualization Technology to Provide Businesses with Options for Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Services

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Grudi Associates is assisting customers in achieving superior data security, efficiency, reliability and economy through public, private and hybrid cloud services, utilizing faster Internet connections and better virtualization technology.

Walt Grudi

Walt Grudi, President, Grudi Associates

As adoption has grown, the cloud has evolved from being a business advantage to being a competitive necessity.

Grudi Associates is now providing customers with improved data security, efficiency, reliability and economy with optimal configurations of public, private and hybrid cloud services. This advance has occurred through higher speed Internet connections and improvements in server and virtualization technology.

“The cloud has evolved from being part of the future of IT for businesses to being a mainstream tool,” says Walt Grudi, President of Grudi Associates, a leading provider of telecom and IT services in Central PA and beyond. “But some don’t realize that there are different kinds of cloud: public, private or hybrid?”

Determining which is right for a particular business depends on its needs, preferences and resources. It’s important to start with a clear understanding of options. The cloud offers many benefits compared to traditional on-premise data hosting, from security, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and reliability to outsourcing the time-consuming, resource-intensive management of servers and data hosting services. There are always exceptions, but most businesses benefit greatly from moving into the cloud.

“Leveraging different types of clouds – public, private or hybrid – enables businesses to obtain the optimal network for their company’s needs and resources,” says Grudi. “The options and capabilities offer exciting opportunities.”

Public clouds are virtualized, multi-user IT infrastructures managed and owned by a service provider. They are usually accessed over an Internet connection. Each user utilizes a part of the shared hardware residing in the service provider’s data center. The provider typically offers a variety of service options, from servers and operating systems to storage, bandwidth, load balancers and other capabilities. Users pay only for the services they need.

The main difference between private and public cloud is that private clouds are dedicated to one business or organization. They can be hosted, located in a service provider’s data center and managed by the provider’s professional staff, or reside on the business’s premise, usually maintained by the IT department. On-premise services can also be outsourced.

A hybrid cloud is an IT system that comprises both public and private clouds to build the optimal combination of networks for specific needs. Usually, the segregation of data in a private cloud is required for high-security needs and compliance issues, such as those of HIPAA, PCI, FISMA and others.

“A public cloud usually costs less for most businesses, but it doesn’t provide the data segregation, security and compliance benefits of a private cloud,” says Grudi. “Except when the scale is very large, private clouds cost more, but the benefits can be well worth it if the business needs a dedicated server and highly secure data.”

A hybrid cloud provides the optimal combination of both public and private clouds, delivering the advantages and minimizing the shortcomings of both options. Effective planning, design and implementation are the key to getting the best results.

“A major benefit is that offsite cloud services offer great opportunities for companies to build ultra-secure, highly reliable disaster recovery, backup and business continuity systems that are efficient and economical,” says Grudi. “For many businesses, this is a valuable and growing resource.”

The best option for many companies when moving into the cloud is a phased approach, starting with selected services to get acclimated and provide a workable transition for the organization. Hosted email servers or simple data storage are excellent ways to start.

“The cloud is well on its way to evolving from a business advantage to a competitive necessity,” says Grudi. “The optimal approach is to get expert assistance in planning and implementing the right cloud services for specific business needs.”

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About Grudi Associates: Grudi Associates provides a broad range of telecom and IT services that help businesses and organizations connect and communicate more effectively. Through strategic partnerships with national and regional providers, Grudi Associates delivers innovative and cost-saving wireless, data, Internet, local and long distance, telecom management and hosted solutions. By providing its customers with a single point of contact for virtually any need, Grudi Associates delivers innovative solutions and simplified telecommunications.

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