At Strategic Systems – A Division of CEI, we understand better than most that technology has its short-lived fads. As such, we are rarely surprised when we see people approach it with trepidation. But, as the last few years have proven, cloud computing is here to stay. As the years have passed, more and more companies, including Microsoft, have started to use the cloud to either deliver products and services or for their own internal services.
While it is true that there are many benefits to cloud services in Raleigh, they are not right for everyone. Below is a list of what we believe are the main positives and negatives of Raleigh cloud computing, and we hope that they help!
The Pros of Cloud Computing Solutions in Raleigh
A FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO COMPUTING
When you switch to a cloud computing infrastructure, your company data is stored on the servers of your cloud provider (aka the cloud) and you and your employees access that data via an internet connection. This gives your business flexibility. You can work from any location with an internet connection, and on any device. As such, it instantly gives you and your employees a remote working facility. Staff can work from home, from meetings, hotels, conferences, the airport, the train, anywhere. Your business gains the capability to run around the clock, productivity goes up, and with it, so does morale as flexible working becomes an important employee option.
SPREAD THE COST OF HOSTING
There’s a bit of a myth that a cloud computing solution is cheaper than an on-premise solution. This is not necessarily true, although Raleigh cloud computing can save you money in the right circumstances. If you’re running six servers, with the expense of purchase, maintenance, power and cooling, and you move all of that data into the cloud and decommission those six servers, then you’re going to see a cost saving. But what cloud does in terms of finances, is turn your capital expenditure into a running cost.
You rent server space on a monthly basis, and the upfront cost to transition your business to the cloud is minimal in comparison to the cost of new hardware. With a monthly recurring cost there comes a point where you break even and it has cost you the same as an on-premise solution would have cost, but it makes cash flow better, helps with budgeting and you can forget about the unexpected costs of hardware failure, licensing upgrades and the like. It’s all taken care of as part of your monthly charge.
BUSINESS CONTINUITY DURING DISASTER
The business cost of a data loss can be catastrophic. If your office burnt to the ground right now, how much of your data would still be accessible? How quickly could you get your office up and running? For many offices, this would be a catastrophic and possibly business-ending loss. There is a much higher chance of your data getting destroyed by catastrophe if it is stored locally than on the cloud, so our Raleigh cloud services can mitigate that issue.
While fire, flood, theft, and other natural disasters are real threats to the average business office, cloud data centers are built to withstand the worst that nature can throw at them for this very reason. While you are waiting for your physical office to be repaired or rebuilt after a disaster or theft, you and your employees can work from home or an emergency office set up for this purpose. In the end, if your data is in the cloud, your business can keep running through a disaster.
The Cons of Raleigh Cloud Solutions
INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED
Three words – connectivity is king. Without having an internet connection, you have zero access to any of your data. This means that without an internet connection, you can’t get work done. In order to utilize the cloud effectively, you need good internet. Thankfully, most of Raleigh has good internet, but if you aren’t willing to spend on faster speeds or better cabling cloud solutions will not be ideal for your business. And of course, an internet dependent solution carries a risk of downtime, but that risk isn’t much greater than the risk of an outage with local hosting. You still need the internet to send your emails with an on-premise solution, but without a reliable and fast internet connection, Raleigh cloud computing is a non-starter.
LOSS OF CONTROL
When you switch to storing your company’s data remotely, you inevitably lose some modicum of control over it. As it is no longer within arm’s reach, many people get nervous trusting someone else with their precious data. As such, you need to make sure you do your research and choose a reputable cloud services provider in Raleigh with a good amount of the right experience and personality to be able to handle your business issues. You need to be able to trust them, they need to be able to prove their competence to you on an ongoing basis. Committing yourself to a long contract with the wrong provider will cause problems further down the road.
Raleigh Cloud Computing Solutions Aren’t For Everyone
At Strategic Systems – A Division of CEI, we understand that not all businesses are ready for the cloud. Not all need it, and we wouldn’t recommend it for every single business in the Raleigh area. Making the change to the cloud is a big deal and a lengthy process. If it doesn’t fit your business, then don’t get involved. However, as your business needs change, you may well find that cloud is the solution for you. If you would like to learn more about our cloud solutions in Raleigh, feel free to call us at 919-439-9587 or contact us online today to speak to an experienced cloud computing expert!