Advancements in modern tech often translate into less hardware and more software. With more movement from paper-based to digital work, business owners are foregoing storage rooms and filing cabinets in favour of online storage and off-site hosting.
Cloud technology is moving faster than anyone has anticipated, and many organizations are asking their IT leaders or managed IT service providers an important question: should they get rid of their office server?
Why choose cloud services over in-house servers?
The traditional approach to hosting in commercial organizations has been the single server approach. One office server would address the network, operating system, software requirements, workloads and load-balancing. All of these components are critical for an organization’s performance.
If that’s true, why get rid of your server (other than to save physical space)?
It’s a big capital investment
The single server approach—or any in-house server infrastructure for that matter—isn’t a great solution for growth. In fact, it can be a great financial hassle.
When your business grows in size and in scope, you’ll need more servers to accommodate more workstations and more capabilities. Every additional server is a capital investment.
It requires dedicated IT support
Like any piece of technology, servers break, slow down, and can’t simply be left alone for years without any maintenance. Keeping a server in-house means you need a dedicated IT support team performing regular maintenance and emergency repairs should something go wrong.
Of course, your IT staff has more than server fixes on their plate. This department (if you have one) isn’t just responsible for ensuring all your devices are running uninterrupted. If used wisely, IT personnel can propel your organization into the future by finding innovating solutions, building in-house software for clients that can put you ahead of the competition, and so much more.
Getting rid of your in-house server can mean freeing up a lot of their time for growth-driven projects.
It’s more susceptible to data loss
Nobody’s perfect. People lose things and people steal things. But what would you do if you had an employee that never locked the door on their way out of the building?
Having control over your on-premise server does not mean you have more security. Year after year, the applications that are most exploited by data breaches are office applications.
Someone in-house needs to be performing regular software updates to protect your database against breaches. Also, you have to ensure that all the appropriate policies are in place to secure your sensitive data—think access levels, passwords, and destruction guidelines. Do you have the labour-power to manage all this? If not, your data will be at risk.
Why consider cloud-based servers?
Cloud service providers address three of the biggest concerns you probably have about your hosting right now:
- Cost savings
- Ease of management
- Security risks
1. Low capital expenses
When it comes to cost savings, the benefits are clear as day. You’ll still need to buy software licences, but there’s no need to invest in any hardware—and that’s where the hefty price tags are. Cloud technology especially benefits small businesses and start-ups, allowing them to get the ball rolling quickly when setting up the IT infrastructure they need to stay operational.
2. Ease of use and management
Off-site hosting kills a lot of hassle. This cloud-based approach allows for automatic backup and simple document management, saving you and your employees the time it takes to ensure critical files are where they should be.
Without replacing hardware, it’s easier to add more storage, more memory, and more computing power.
3. Decreased security risks
When your server is cloud-based, you have dedicated cloud service providers looking after your data. If you choose a private hosting solution, you’re even safer because no other organization will be sharing that space with you.
Whether public or private, off-site hosting is a win. When you store your business data in a cloud provider’s remote data centre, they are completely responsible for maintaining and managing that infrastructure.
Consider a managed cloud service provider
The team behind you server hosting should have around-the-corner support—and the whole gamut of IT solutions—built into their service.
CBM is that one-stop shop with a team of server hosting experts who are ready to get you moving and keep you productive. Book a chat with us to find out more.