Cloud Computing Concept

6 Reasons to Move to the Cloud

“According to Gartner’s report the average business loses $1562/hour of downtime and 80% of small businesses go out of business after a major data loss”

1.    Security

Moving servers to the cloud drastically enhances security.  Not only are cloud servers kept in a secure data center, we represent carriers that have SOC 3 compliance. These facilities have armed guards, multiple power grids,biometric entry, and back up generators.  They are attack/bomb-proof facilities with firewalls that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  In the average office, critical servers are unprotected against natural disasters such as fire or earthquakes.  Further, servers are at risk of uncanny disasters such as a pipe breaking or an upset employee spilling coffee.  Not only is the information on the server at risk, but also the tremendous cost of the server hardware itself. Keeping servers in the office instead of a data center is as secure as keeping money under a mattress instead of in the bank.

2.    Drastic Reduction of IT expense + Utility Cost

On average, it costs $100/month to maintain each server hosted on site.  Air conditioning must be left on over the weekend so that the servers don’t over heat.  Electricity, maintenance, patching, software updates add up to dramatically increase the total cost of ownership for each server.  Besides the huge upfront cost of the hardware, companies must spend even more to maintain this investment (not to mention the many expensive hours of IT support in the even of a server crash).  Unless a company pays to maintain the servers they own they will need to be replacedmuch sooner.  By moving servers to the cloud there is fixed amount that can be budgeted because all maintenance iscovered as well as any hardware failure.

3.    Scalability

When servers are hosted, they are incredibly cost effective because a company can purchase only what it needs.  There is no need to worry about future growth or downsizing or spend massive capital to buy many servers that aren’t needed right away.  At any point, companies can add/remove components of servers such that they are able to get exactlywhat they pay for.

4.    Cap X Depreciation

Buying servers are a huge capital expense that depreciates very quickly.  To dump money to support a depreciating resource doesn’t make sense yet when a company owns a server they are caught in this bind.  The worse a server is maintained, the quicker it fails, thus owning a server requires a much higher total cost of ownership than most companies budget.

5.    100% Uptime

Data centers guarantee 100% uptime.  Both employees and customers will have access 100% of the time.  A server down means that a company is bleeding money for each hour of downtime.  Cloud servers are redundant and have mirrored backups in place with 24/7 monitoring of hardware for intrusion prevention/detection, viruses, and the newest malware definitions.  Simply put, IT staff cannot monitor servers around the clock leaving companies at risk for server failure.

6.    End to End Control

When your network and data center provider are the same, they have end-to-end control of all data packets as they travel over their network.  This eliminates the hassle of finger pointing between different providers.  Better yet, the information is more secure because it will never travel over the public Internet.  Similar to MPLS, data travels over a layer 2 connections to the data center allowing for the highest quality of security.

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