Is Cloud Computing for me?
Making the decision to move to Cloud Computing is one that requires serious consideration. In an attempt to shed some light on Cloud Computing this, and subsequent issues of our newsletter, will focus on specific aspects of moving to the Cloud, in order that a more informed decision can be made.
Is moving to the Cloud cheaper?
Cloud Computing is charged per user per month, forever. On premise computing is purchased by one up front prayment (often a lease). The usual pricing model for Cloud Computing assumes that the hardware and software will be upgraded every 3 years or so. However, most businesses cannot afford to keep up with the Microsoft upgrade cycle. Most would miss out one, possibly two iterations of hardware and software upgrades. This means that they would expect to undergo a major software and hardware upgrade every 5 or more years. Cloud Computing is unlikely to be cheaper when priced over this length of time.
It is certainly true that a growing business may benefit from a Cloud based solution because they would simply add Cloud users as they were recruited, thereby negating the need for significant expense at a point when funding may not be available due to their size. However, if funding is available, an on premise solution should certainly be considered to ensure that the business gets the solution it needs.
The key point is, don’t choose Cloud Computing based on the price. It is quite likely to cost more than an on premise solution when considered over a realistic timescale. Choose Cloud Computing if it is the right solution for your business.
In our next Newsletter we will discuss how Cloud Computing can give you excellent Disaster Recovery, but could also result in poor Business Continuity.
If you are considering upgrading your IT system, contact us to see how we can ensure you make an informed decision and get the most appropriate solution for your business.