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Though “the cloud” may sound like a cult or a threat from a horror movie, it’s actually an incredibly smart, efficient and cost-effective way of managing data in a business setting.  On its most basic level, cloud computing is the practice of using virtual data storage technology.  This can range from something as specific as Google Documents, to something as simple as uploading photos or documents onto a profile.

Former New York Jets quarterback, Tony Merendino, runs ServIT; an infrastructure company that provides hardware, middleware stacks, IT services and most importantly, cloud hosting and managed services, primarily for the manufacturing and distribution industries.

ServIT also provides what they call image-based backup, a process for a computer or virtual machine that creates a copy of the operating system and all the data associated with it, including the system state and application configurations. The backup is saved as a single file that is called an image. This insures that a company’s data and entire IT infrastructure are completely safe in the cloud.

“While the cloud has been around forever, mid-market cloud services are exploding,” says Merendino. “With the economy slowing down, revenues of big companies have shrunk, which in turn has affected IT departments as well. As businesses are recovering, in order to keep overhead low, companies are moving away from hiring their own IT staff and are outsourcing maintenance-based items like PCs, servers and hardware.  They want to redirect anything that wasn’t making money, creating profitability and storing up cash reserves until the future initiatives of banks and governments become clearer. This is where our managed services are most beneficial.”

ServIT is SAS 70/SSAE 16 as well as itil certified, a widely recognized auditing standards that indicates that a service organization  has adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers.

ServIT has invested over a million dollars in software, hardware and retooling their processes to change from an infrastructure company to a managed service provider.  “When we come out of this economic slump, we should be an early beneficiary of a stronger economy,” says Merendino.

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