Moving To the Cloud
Most of us have heard about moving to the cloud at one point or another, but if you’re like most, never really put too much thought into it. It’s there, but it doesn’t really offer anything different from your own server right? Wrong, cloud servers offer multiple advantages over localized storage and safety in case of local disaster is just the beginning. Whether servers go down, a storm hits, or a worm or bug gets into your system, the cloud keeps it safe. Cloud networks host data on a network of servers, so that if one goes down, the rest are still up and running. In addition, cloud networks also feature security and privacy encryptions that most businesses would be hard pressed to replicate affordable on their own servers. While accessing your cloud does require internet access or access to the server, it also keeps your data much safer than you would be without it. Cloud servers are also typically more affordable in terms of upkeep and management than servers, meaning that they are more cost effective as well. In addition, you can access your cloud anywhere you can sign in, giving you and your employees access from home, while traveling, or even instant access in case of a location move. Most businesses choose to go with private cloud hosting, as it offers better security and speed than choosing a non-business solution.
Whether you choose to go with managed backup services or disaster recovery, backing up your data can literally save your business if something goes wrong. Backups are estimated to save the user $4 for every $1 spent in case of an actual emergency, which is quite a savings when it comes to money, as well as hassle. Most backup services include localized and cloud backup with regular updates, so that you can get your business back up and running at the touch of a button.
Virtual Servers can save you more in costs than you might think, but you do have to compare and shop carefully in order to get a good deal. Remember that most of what you are saving is actually in costs of IT and cost of equipment, as repair and management are usually the most expensive items. In this case, it is best to compare the cost of the storage and space that you need to prices for visualized and localized servers. Visualizing your servers allows you to make your resources as flexible as possible without having to pay for more than you need in order to have more power or storage at a later date and according to Forbes, allows your business more flexibility and scalability than in-house tech.
Outsourced Infrastructure Management
Even if you ignore everything else on this list, you can still save money by outsourcing your infrastructure management. By paying a company to specifically manage your technology, keep your servers running, and fix any issues, you can save money on hiring someone to do it as a full time job. Outsourced IT services essentially allow you the peace of mind of having professionals working with you without having to have them on your clock or having to train them, because you’re already hiring highly trained experts. This allows you to take advantage of top of the line hardware and software, highly trained IT staff, and better time management, all without having to pay more for your services. Essentially you spend less and most often get more than with in-house IT.
Data management allows you to do everything from saving your own information in case of an emergency to integrating new data, so that you can keep your business running. There are hundreds of solutions available for businesses, and many of them are customizable to specific business needs. Essentially, no matter what the size of your business, you can find solutions that meet your needs. With everything from virtual hosting and email hosting, to full cloud and data support available, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t move your data, and your business, into the next century.
About the Author
George Hynes is an IT specialist with 2 degrees, 10 years of experience and more on job hours then he cares to think about.