Many business owners are concerned that cloud computing is not secure and costs too much. Compared to most onsite solutions, hosting with a cloud provider is both more secure and closely monitored. Another myth – high cost – can be addressed by looking at IT from a a broad perspective, as part of your overall business picture. The smart business owner looks at IT as an important factor in business growth. By utilizing a cloud-based IT model, with scale-able resources, predictable costs, and minimized risk, you can transform your IT from a cost center to a business driver.
If you consider moving your IT to the cloud, start with the business case. Understand a clear definition of why the company as a whole will be better off. Cloud Services might be the data protection plan that works best for your business if you desire the security and features of a full server, without the cost of owning the equipment. Some of the most common justifications are increased scale-ability or high availability, improved disaster recovery or business agility, and infrastructure and staff cost savings, while maintaining high support levels.
An article on myths of cloud computing can be found at InformationWeek.com. If you have questions, or wish to find out if your business qualifies for a no-cost IT site audit, please contact us.