Cloud computing has become one of the hottest buzzwords in the history of computers, and for good reason. Remote computing has been around for years, so why all the hubbub? The convergence of rapidly improving technologies with steadily lowering costs is making things seamless and affordable, which have otherwise been clunky and expensive.
MyITpros has been a leading IT managed service provider in Austin, Texas for more than 20 years. Today, we are the premier provider of cloud computing services to small businesses in the Austin
Ninety percent of our clients have all of their servers in the cloud, and that number is growing.
Here are the leading reasons why our cloud computing clients made the move to the cloud:
1. They don’t want servers on premise
When it comes time to replace an aging server, more and more small business owners are wondering whether there’s a better way. They’re tired of the endless expense of a refresh cycle and the hassles of hardware ownership.
In the case of some startup companies, they don’t even want to begin with on premise servers. Three of our first five cloud server clients were startups.
2. They are tired of paying for maintenance and support of IT systems
A founder of one of those startups worked as CFO for a company that outsourced its IT support to one of our competitors, the largest managed service provider in Austin at the time. In our first phone call he told me, “The spend never seems to end. Our QA manager was the go-to IT person at my old company, and he spent a lot of time on it. With our new company we don’t want to have to deal with those kind of hassles. We want to focus on the business, not on IT.”
Fast forward three years, and he is delighted with the decision. The company's initial investments and its ongoing expenses related to IT are far lower than they would have been with an on premise server.
In almost all cases, cloud servers are less expensive to deploy and maintain, and reduce day-to-day user support costs.
3. They want more flexibility and speed and agility when deploying and using computers
Imagine an Austin-based company wants to open a second office in San Antonio. You have always had the ability to access your Austin servers remotely, but the performance is nowhere near as good as when you are in the office.
Inferior remote performance is very typical, and there are many reasons for it. You can improve the infrastructure in your office to make it capable of giving your San Antonio users the same experience you have in Austin, but doing so would be exceedingly expensive.
So, you consider putting a server in San Antonio. It would take several weeks and thousands of dollars to get a server delivered, configured and running in the new office.
Cloud servers can be spun up in minutes. If your company were already on our Cloud7 platform, your San Antonio users could be connected and productive before the new office furniture was delivered. On opening day, employees could log out in Austin, drive to San Antonio, log back in and pick up right where they left off.
4. They have multiple offices or remote workers
This may be the single most compelling reason for having servers in the cloud. One of our cloud server clients has three locations in the Austin area. Before we met them, they had a server at each location, each hosting two separate line of business applications, for a total of six separate databases. The complex nature of the infrastructure was a costly nightmare in many ways.Today, all three locations access two database applications on a single server in the cloud. Productivity, cost, security and business continuity have all been dramatically improved.
5. They have a highly mobile or widely dispersed workforce
One of our most recent cloud clients is a fast growing company that designs, manufactures and sells medical equipment. The home office in Austin has 40+ people, and many more are spread around the country. A small server resides in the office for a team of CAD engineers. Everyone else accesses their data and applications through our Cloud7 platform.
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