Why would you move your IT infrastructure to the cloud? There are plenty of good reasons, but mainly it makes good financial sense. You can call it efficiency, or call it doing more with less. Cloud computing lets you focus on what’s important: your business.

Cloud computing can be used for almost all types of applications, not just business security. While the idea of cloud computing can sometimes seem hard to grasp, it’s clear that it saves businesses money.

Here’s a simple 35,000 foot view; this is what we used to call software as a service (SaaS), but it’s set up to be switched on easily, simple to scale up or down, and usually price is based on usage of the resources you consume. For instance, how many CPUs do you need, how much storage, or memory (RAM) do you need to run your physical servers.

Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars when it comes time for an IT system upgrade? Think about it; you’ll have to factor in at least some of the following:

1. What is the cost of the migration of data from old servers to new ones? Do you outsource this, or if you do this in-house, how long are you taking your current IT staff away from their normal duties? Oh, and good IT people, usually have higher salaries. That can mean your paying them terrific money to actually create a lot of downtime. It’s advantageous for both your business and your IT staff to go to the Cloud. Migrate virtual machine to virtual machine with ease, reduce downtime, and keep your IT staff sane.

2. What is the revenue lost during the computing downtime……what if something goes wrong?

3. Application compatibility issues that ensue with an upgrade to a new server with a new OS…..do you have to upgrade your apps to work with that new OS?

4. How much does it currently cost you to power and cool you servers?  Really, sit down and crunch the numbers; energy costs are expensive!

5. Remember, Cloud computing was designed based on the concept that your physical servers only use a fraction of the power of those bulky, over-priced crazy-numbered core CPUs that you have. This means you can build a more efficient dedicated virtual machine that consumes much less CPU power and therefore energy, all while maintaining a high performance level.  Cloud = Green!

6. Is your current server room as hardened and secure as a data center; I highly doubt it! Hosted Cloud providers like OffsiteDataSync have your virtual machines running in a top tier data center with things like redundant power, redundant temperature and humidity controls, and backup diesel generators. Yes, generators plural!  Redundancy is the name of the game with data centers.  This likely means your business’ productivity doesn’t have to suffer when a snow storm hits, or a hurricane/tornado wipe out endless structures in their paths.

7. Security; everyone should worry about this! Do you think you servers are more secure in your server room, or rather, behind the most sophisticated firewalls available at a data center? What is your budget for your firewall? I’m going to say it’s not $150K plus.

These are just some “food for thought” factors to think of when you come up on a hardware refresh. The Cloud will save your business money, eliminate a ton of hassle, and you’ll be using less energy. Win-win….could it be true?