The catch phrase of the last few years has been “The Cloud”. What REALLY is the cloud? By the consumer’s definition it is when I buy a video on Amazon and magically it is available to me anywhere I go. The video is then up in the ambiguous cloud. I don’t know what the hardware or software is, or even if it the data is in the same country as me. I just know it’s there and I sleep at night knowing that my investment is protected (I buy a lot of movies). There’s so much more to it than that and it is time that businesses begin to leverage the power of the cloud.
How can the cloud be applied to the business? In tough economic times the common saying is “Do more with less”. Let’s face it: Even in the best of times no one is going to walk up to the IT Director or CIO and say: “Here you go, more money!”. Instead it is a constant battle of doing more with less and in many instances we in the field are just trying to keep our heads above the water. CEO and department heads want all of their data protected, available, and accessible at any time and usually on a budget that frankly cannot cover all of the expenses. To plan a normal disaster recovery a number of factors have to be looked at:
- Where will the datacenter be ?
- How much will rack space, power, and cooling cost ?
- How many and what products do we need to install ?
- How will we manage it ?
- How will we connect to it and maintain redundancy ?
- Who will manage it ?
- Do we need to hire extra staff to manage it ?
That’s just a sample of the questions to even begin to start the project. It will also take months and maybe a year to design and implement the solution and will be very costly. This is where the cloud comes in. All of the resources you need are already available, protected, and scalable. Need more data storage? No problem. Need more compute power? We have that ready too. All it takes is an email. Really, who wants to manage physical servers anyways? It’s time to start looking at data, memory, and computing as simply just resources and less like a capital investment.
Beyond this, what is to stop you from running your entire infrastructure in the cloud? Why not pay for your infrastructure the same way you pay the company phone bill? Here is where managed cloud services come into play, rather than importing more costs into your datacenter – you are exporting that time and money to a fraction of the cost with a managed services provider. IDS is ready, willing and able – just a click away.
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