Public or Private Cloud Services? You Decide

Cloud Computing Hardware

Every organization has their own specific budget and needs. Generally, major companies have bigger budgets to spend on things like I.T. specialists and sophisticated cloud hosting hardware and security. Small companies with fewer employees are likely not going to have the budget to hire I.T. specialists to manage this kind of hardware for them. In fact, small companies don’t usually have the capital to purchase the hardware itself. What can they do in this situation? The answer is a public cloud service.

Any small company on a limited budget that does not transfer highly sensitive information will want to choose a public cloud service. This will practically eliminate the need to hire I.T. specialists because all the cloud hardware gets managed remotely. How is this possible? Well, because the hardware itself is stored remotely too. Your organization will not have to concern itself with purchasing expensive hardware, managing the hardware and keeping it functioning all the time. You can let those worries fall on the shoulders of the third-party which operates the hardware for you.

Of course, the public cloud service will not be the best option for all companies. If you were to choose a private cloud service instead, you would be getting better security and a lot more flexibility in how you manage the cloud. After all, the hardware would be stored at your facility which gives you complete control over how it is managed. This can be a good thing or bad thing, depending on how much you’re willing to invest in an I.T. team to manage it for you. Any big company with more capital to invest in technology like this will find it beneficial to use a private cloud. This is especially true if you have a big company which transmits people’s private and sensitive information on a daily basis. The advanced security features of a private cloud will be the safest option for these kinds of practices.

Alternatively, you could always go with a hybrid cloud service instead of either of these two clouds. A hybrid cloud will give you the benefits of a private cloud and public cloud. For example, if your company deals with a mixture of sensitive and non-sensitive applications, you can set up an affordable public cloud service for the non-sensitive applications and then an in-house cloud service for the sensitive applications. This can help increase the efficiency of your organization while providing an adequate amount of security to those applications which need it the most.

Instagram Marketing for Canadian Businesses: Is It Necessary?

It’s no secret of the advantages of social marketing in today’s world. According to reports average person spends approximately 1 hour and a half every day on social media. Among the most popular is Instagram, which was established in 2010 and counts a whopping 800 million users. Many businesses are now joining the Instagram bang-wagon to promote their products and services. The platform allows users the ability to share captioned photographs onto their profile, which is syndicated into other users news feed and search results.

This opens the door for formidable exposure to potential customers. However, not all businesses will benefit from the use of Instagram. It seems that the amount of followers one gathers is most predictive of the exposure they shall receive. Some may choose to buy Instagram followers, while others will grind their way to success. Let’s look at an example.

Matt & Nat is a Canadian-based company that offers premium vegan leather goods. On almost a daily basis, the company publishes new photographs onto their Instagram. These photographs are professionally taken and truly showcase the style and aesthetic of the brand. This continuous flow of photographs helps Matt & Nat gain new followers every day, with new content showing up on users news feed. By doing so, the company ensures that it receives the necessary exposure it needs to keep the pace and grow their reach.

The company Instagram currently holds 192,000 followers and according to Socialblade statistics, the company should reach over 212,000 followers by the end of 2018.

Should every business be on Instagram?

The answer is a definite no! Not every business is the right fit the platform. Let’s look at the demographics. The average Instagram user is between the age of 18 and 29. Depending on the kind of business you run, this age range may not fit into your target customers. Also, if you run a fence company, chances that you’ll get any decent results from Instagram are slim. Businesses that do well in Instagram are related to fashion, fitness and photography. If your products don’t relate to those niches, it’ll be harder for you to stack followers and attain decent results from the platform.

However, one could always use some creativity to attain the goal of gaining new followers. In fact, the whole premise of Instagram is based on visual creativity. You’ll see all over Instagram many businesses wittingly catching users attention with beautiful photographs.

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