For the last year, I have heard business owner after business owner tell me they do not want to buy any more servers, nor do they want to take care of any more servers. At first, it was only a few people. But recently, several people that I was sure would not consider the option for another three years or so have asked me about moving their servers to the cloud. What is changing so fast?
Maybe the economy is a big factor in considering a from local physical servers to cloud-based servers. Buying a server and the software licenses is a big capital expense that is repeated every three to five years. The expense becomes even larger as the company adds the expense of the labor to install the applications, migrate the business data, and keep the server running properly. Most companies see those costs as overhead that eats into profits and working capital. The current state of the economy makes capital dollars even more difficult to justify and forces many to tighten their belt on overhead costs. Companies are now more open to alternatives like leasing (if they have existing technical expertise) and like moving their applications and data to the cloud.
Another likely factor is increase mobility, with smartphones and tablet computers. The cloud uses the Internet and remote servers to provide secure access to data and applications from anywhere and anytime. The physical location of the application and data is not as important as the reliability and accessibility. Data centers host racks and racks of high performance and highly reliable server clusters connected to large and diverse Internet connections. Instead of companies increasing their edge to support all the inbound connections, it may be a huge benefit in costs and availability to move their systems to the cloud infrastructure.
Another changing factor is the growing market of cloud services. They are simply becoming more common and adopted. Just think of Google Apps or Salesforce.com and realize how familiar the cloud has become. Giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and Verizon are increasing their investments into cloud services. Donet, too, is investing in our cloud services right here in the Midwest.
If your company is considering a migration to the cloud and plans to buy less servers in the future, speak with our talented staff about our cloud experience. We can be reached by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by land line to 937-226-6896.
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