Seven Reasons Why Your Business Should Embrace the Cloud

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Last month, I wrote about the cloud (as in cloud computing) and explained why we call it that. Today, I’ll highlight why the cloud is better for the vast majority of companies, compared to the old way (buying and managing your own hardware and software). For the record, I’m referring to solutions from companies including Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Rackspace, among others.

When you choose the right cloud partner, your IT team no longer needs to directly manage:

  1. Hardware and software purchases and upgrades
  2. System backup and restore
  3. Redundant power
  4. Military-grade encryption and state-of-the-art security
  5. Redundant network access (side note: next time you see a backhoe tearing up dirt, be assured that someone’s telecom connectivity is about to be disrupted)

Perhaps more importantly, you get:

  1. Universal access so your team can collaborate in new ways (think: Microsoft Office 365)
  2. You pay as you go (as you derive value) rather than having to make a big capital investment up front

It’s time to do an honest TCO analysis (total cost of ownership) considering the cost and value of these myriad factors. The cloud will likely win because providers operate with tremendous economies of scale, while your business alone bears the full cost of a likely inferior, one-off solution.

 

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