Cloud Computing | North Smithfield, RI

Proudly serving North Smithfield  since 2002

IT Support RI is your trusted, local provider of cloud computing support and solutions, and cloud computing consulting in the North Smithfield, RI area. When you partner with us, you will get an expert cloud computing consultant who understands your business and will provide the solutions and support that best meets the needs of your business.  

Why IT Support RI?

Dedicated IT Consultant

We assign your company a dedicated IT consultant. This way you have someone that knows your IT needs inside and out.

Onsites Included

Onsite service calls are included with our service plan. With us, you won’t pay extra when a technician is dispatched to your location for a service call.

Never Outsourced

We support our economy and only employ and dispatch local technicians.

All Inclusive Support

Our service plans include remote and onsite support during business hours. This helps you to budget your IT expenses easily.

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What Is Cloud Computing and Is It Right for Your Business?

 Cloud computing consists of computing power, data storage, networking, databases and applications that are delivered over the internet. Importantly, these resources are available on demand and can be provisioned and decommissioned as needed. Also, of note, cloud computing resources are only billed when they are used. 

What are the primary categories of cloud computing?

Private cloud

A private cloud consists of all the resources of cloud computing, but it is reserved specifically for one business. It may physically reside on premises or be hosted elsewhere, but it is always on a private network accessible only by one company. You may ask, “Is a private cloud just virtualization?” The primary difference between the two is in provisioning. Cloud computing offers the potential for instant provisioning of resources by the customer or department without the intervention of system administrators. Virtualization, in general, requires a system administrator to provision the resources. The primary advantage of the private cloud over the public is security. Given that only one customer has access to all of the resources, the attack surface is much lower.

Public cloud 

Typically, when one thinks of cloud computing, they think of the public cloud. Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and many other vendors provide access to cloud computing resources. The primary advantages of the public cloud are scalability and size (while not infinite, it provides enormous amounts of resources). Another primary advantage is perpetual upgrades – you do not have to factor in service contracts and end-of-life for hardware into your annual budgets. 

Hybrid cloud

A hybrid cloud is exactly what you think: It is a combination of public and private cloud environments. There are three primary use cases for a hybrid cloud environment. 

  • Security. Many companies will host high-volume, low-security requirement applications in the public cloud while keeping applications that access sensitive data in their private cloud environment. 
  • Performance. You can configure public cloud resources to instantly provision and deploy when resource demand hits a particular level. Examples include highly anticipated product releases, the release of a new season of a popular streaming show and many more. 
  • Disaster recovery. Many companies rely on the public cloud for failover for their private cloud. Replication can occur on a schedule, and the systems remain powered off unless called upon in a disaster. 

What are the primary service models of cloud computing?


Software as a Service (SaaS) is likely the most commonly used cloud computing service model. When you log in to your Gmail or host a Zoom meeting, you are using SaaS. It is applications that are hosted on someone else’s server but accessible via the internet. A primary benefit is that a SaaS application generally only requires only a web browser, which adds considerable flexibility for the customer. 

Platform as a Service (PaaS) includes services such as development environments, databases and business intelligence analytics. One of the primary benefits of PaaS is the avoidance of software licenses for developers.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is virtual machines, storage and networking hosted by the cloud provider. This allows you to fully control the computing environment and configure it to fit your specific needs similar to servers hosted in your own environment.

What are the advantages of cloud computing?

Take a look at a few of the benefits:


Right now in your data center, there are powerful servers running idle while waiting for tasks to perform. With cloud computing, you have the freedom to size your resource configurations to meet your current needs exactly as they are at that moment. If you don’t need a server, it can be powered off (resulting in cost savings). Additionally, as previously mentioned, there are no service contracts or software licenses to maintain, and you never have to worry about upgrading hardware.


If your business has peaks and valleys in terms of demand, cloud computing is the ideal solution. Additional resources can be triggered to spin up automatically based on key performance indicators such as web page visits. No longer will your team be scrambling to add resources at a product launch. This allows you to focus on running your business and not worry about technology issues.


With data centers all over the world, you can increase capacity by migrating computing resources to different geographic zones.


Your staff can work from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Disaster recovery

If your company were to experience a physical disaster without immediate access to computing resources, chances are high that the business would not survive. Backups are great, but if there are no computers to restore, they don’t have much value. By implementing cloud computing, you can recover from disasters much more quickly. This allows you to take care of your employees and customers while the technology takes care of itself.

Is cloud computing right for you? 

Absolutely, the flexibility offered by the cloud can be utilized by anyone. Whether it is the scalability and cost savings of a full public cloud implementation or the flexibility and complete security control of a private cloud implementation, there is a solution for you. Don’t forget, a hybrid approach can deliver the strengths of both the public and private clouds, allowing you to choose the solution that best meets your needs. 

Need cloud computing consulting or support?

We understand cloud computing can be an intimidating technology that signifies a new way of thinking. Embrace the power and flexibility of this technology with the confidence that you are choosing the right cloud computing company.

IT Support RI is your trusted, local provider of cloud computing in the North Smithfield, RI area. When you partner with us, you will get an expert technical consultant who understands your business. Let our experts walk you through the perfect solution that fits your specific needs today. 



We were impressed from the first moment they responded to our request for a proposal. They quickly familiarized themselves with our needs, software, layout, and demonstrated an immediate understanding of the challenges that we were facing.

I’ve worked for various non-profit organizations, and IT always seems to be an area where we struggle because of resources we have available. Since we started working with IT Support RI, there’s never a blip in our services. They’re always right on target and they’re a pleasure to work with

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Why Choose Us For Your

Cloud Computing Needs?

Dedicated IT Consultant

We assign your company a dedicated IT consultant. This way you have someone that knows your IT needs inside and out.

Rapid Response - 15 Minutes or Less

We will have a qualified technician responding to your IT problem within 15 minutes or less, GUARANTEED. You can submit a service request via email, chat, or phone and someone will be ready to help you ASAP!

Local Team, Never Outsourced

Many IT businesses only have a few local technicians on staff. That means you might be transferred to their “outsourced” HelpDesk team….in India. We believe in supporting our local economy! That is why we employ and dispatch local technicians. Our team utilizes technology to focus on computer tech support for clients all over Rhode Island, southern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut.

All Inclusive Support

Our service plans include remote and onsite support at no additional charge. This way, you can budget your IT expenses easily without having to worry about being charged for each separate service call.