Let’s face it, technical people are not good with naming things.
Agile pointing device that interfaces with your computer: named for a rodent.
Unwanted email: canned meat.
Problem with your computer: insect.
Now, when it comes to a powerful network infrastructure: sign that it’s going to rain. All kidding aside, the cloud is a powerful tool for your business that can drastically reduce costs and show a massive return on investment. The real return comes in a few different forms, but the biggest one you will notice is an extreme lack of hardware. Moving things to the cloud means fewer (if any) servers, fewer network appliances, and greater uptime. Additionally, when you don’t have all of that hardware crowding your office, another major bill shrinks: the maintenance fees.
And don’t worry. All of your data remains safe. When migrating to the cloud all data is stored in a SAS70 compliant facility and falls well within the regulatory compliance rules of HIPAA, FINRA, and FERPA.
See the chart below to gain a sense of typical IT expenses and how moving to the cloud can save tremendous amounts of money and agitation.
- Typical File Server.
- Expensive hardware that needs regular maintenance and upgrades.
- Server software that requires virus protection, program updates, and maintenance.
- Backup drives, tapes, and failure.
- Total dependency on a single piece of hardware.
- Hard to administer (add/edit/delete users and permissions)
- Needs to be accessed through a VPN or only from a single location.
- Cloud Based File Sharing
- Instant deployment with no hardware costs.
- No need for maintenance or upgrades.
- Backups are automatic.
- Complete redundancy on the Amazon S3 network.
- Very simple to setup new users and file/folder permissions.
- Can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.