Everyone loves the cloud. But what are the real benefits?
What’s so great about the cloud? Haven’t we simply moved a server out of a closet to a data center in the sky? Is that really as much of a great leap forward as it’s made out to be?
Whether you understand it intimately or not, everyone loves the idea of the cloud — anytime, anywhere, any device access to your information. Potential cost savings. An embrace of the future of technology. But what are the real benefits? Haven’t we simply moved a server out of a closet to a data center in the sky? Is that really as much of a great leap forward as it’s made out to be?
The answer is sure. Maybe. Possibly even not quite. There’s much more to the cloud than just cut and dry, black and white answers.
Cloud-based computing means that your server — the cloud server — is now located in a world-class data center. That means you have redundant network paths, power sources, servers with failover, data storage with RAID storage arrays, and a host of other technical bells and whistles at your disposal.
Did your laptop die? Good thing your files are hosted in the cloud. Smartphone crash? Fire up another device and get right back to work.
Or, to put it another way, the benefit of the cloud is that you have traded in your single, lone server for a slice of a much larger enterprise-class server, with all the protection and redundancy that Fortune 500 companies have enjoyed for years. CMIT Solutions specializes in bringing such high-level solutions to the small and medium-sized business space. As small business owners ourselves, we’re passionate about opening SMBs up to such solutions.
So let’s recap the benefits of cloud computing:
- More comprehensive infrastructure
- Unparalleled redundancy
- Easy access
- The flexibility to scale on demand
Don’t forget about network bandwidth, though — it matters more than ever when using the cloud, and expanding it might eat into any cost savings you hope to achieve.
But is cloud computing right for your business?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer.
We encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation with one our trusted IT advisors and find out what your best options really are.