In our previous post we uncovered a few fast facts that anyone should know about the cloud. The most important, is the fact that you have been using it in your personal capacity for a few years now. However, there is still more to be revealed, especially if you are seeking to start up, or are a young start up.
Time Magazine has always pointed out the profoundly obvious, especially when it comes to accepting new process adaptations. For new businesses today not needing to be tied down to a physical premises mitigates the necessity to layout high operational and capital costs. All critical systems and data storage can be facilitated and accessed by the internet, so all you really need is a reliable and quick connection. Think of this principle as “Why buy? Rent!” which is particularly useful for companies experiencing moderate to exponential growth rates because it eliminates physical boundaries.
Perhaps the most natural train-of-thought from the cloud’s ability to facilitate growth is its flexibility. No longer do you need to buy new hardware to support temporary requirements on large scale projects. Headache gone! And the best news? The reverse is possible as well, should you need to shut down a division or a branch, there will be no hardware lying around to pester you. If that doesn’t convince you, let’s remember Moore’s Law has shown us that investing in hardware, offers very little long term benefit because it becomes obsolete in a matter of months. So why would you want to spend valuable capital on depreciating assets.
For many of us, we don’t consider disaster management as a priority. However, what happens if your building is broken into and your equipment is stolen? What about floods, fires and earthquakes? Many organisations underestimate the consequences of downright bad luck and how long it will take them to get back on their feet. Typically, only large blue chip companies are lucky enough to have an executive resource like a Chief Information Officer (CIO), to worry about these eventualities. But now with cloud services, the right managed service provider, will partner with you and act as your very own CIO. A good partner asks the difficult questions to get to the meat of a working solution. Whether you need operational ERP systems, critical data backups and system optimisation, a good service provider determine what you need when moving to the cloud.