THE CLOUD: SHOULD YOU BE THERE

Can’t count the number of times my mother told me to get my head out of the clouds.  Now it seems if you are in the Cloud you’re in good company.  In his April 9, 2014 Portland Business Journal Article, Heinan Landa, CEO of Optimal Networks states: “The cloud isn’t just a technology fad — companies are moving entire networks into the cloud, and it is now becoming a mainstreamed corporate computing model.”  Landa, gives six top reasons why cloud computing makes sense from both a technological and business perspective.  Here are his reasons quoted directly from his article:

1.  Scalability:

The cloud is highly scalable. Resources and employees can be added or removed to and from the network quickly without any large investments.

2.  Security:

Cloud providers that are in compliance with SOC2 and SSAE16 must meet certain stringent requirements for monitoring and security, making sure you have enterprise class protection.

3.  Freedom

With a properly hosted corporate cloud vendor, you no longer have to worry about hardware, system security, backup, disaster recovery, operating system upgrades, and more.

4.  Cost

While it is true that local infrastructure maintenance costs will decrease and the cloud can save you money over time, cost should not be the only factor you consider when moving to the cloud.

That being said, your IT capital expenses will migrate to your operating expenses. Instead of a huge capital expense outpouring every three to five years for hardware upgrades, you pay monthly for your IT service. This means a more predictable budget and more readily available cash flow.

5.  Business Continuity

The cloud, if done right, offers complete failover redundancy. It takes care of your backups and disaster recovery in one solution.

6.  Mobility

We are living in a mobile world — an environment in which we are expected to maintain productivity even when away from the office. With the right cloud solution, your corporate desktop can be delivered to you (yes, apps, files and everything) through the cloud from any device you can hook up to the Internet.

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