Cloud Computing Gets Competitive

Leave a comment / Posted By Eric Dykes on Tue, Dec 3, 2013

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From Atlanta to Augusta and everywhere in between, everyone’s migrating to the Cloud, and the game is heating up.

As we’ve discussed before, Cloud computing is the way of the future. Between the ability to work from anywhere in the world and the apparent efficiency of Cloud storage, it seems like a win/win for everyone from the multi-billion dollar corporation to your neighborhood SMB. And as it’s gaining popularity, the market for it has seen a lot of growth as well. But as we all know, with market growth comes stiff competition.

 

The Cloud Market Evolves

This time last year, two of the largest providers of Cloud computing and storage, Microsoft and Amazon, became now neck-and-neck when it comes to their price point for large businesses. Microsoft had been at a much higher price point, but they slashed their costs to better compete with Amazon.

Now the market has opened to all kinds of providers. It used to be thought that only huge corporations with gigantic data silos could provide efficient Cloud computing; now that thinking is becoming extinct as people realize that companies both big and small have the capability to host their own Cloud.

 

What’s Right for Your Business?

While it may seem convenient to host your own Cloud onsite (and it makes sense for some larger, Internet-based companies), chances are that it’s not the right move for your SMB or maybe even your large corporation. There are costs and necessities associated with Cloud storage that need to be taken into account before deciding whether or not to host your own Cloud. Here are four questions you can ask yourself to ease the decision-making process:

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1. Do you already have the equipment (or the money to buy it) that is needed for Cloud computing? This includes servers for each application, as well as the equipment needed to maintain these servers.

YES: Great! Proceed to the next question.

NO: It’s okay; most people don’t. In most instances, it’s not the best use of your resources when there are other options available. Jump ahead to the section titled “Why a Cloud Provider May Be a Better Solution.”

 

2. Are your IT technicians experienced with Cloud computing, storage, and maintenance?

YES: Great! Proceed to the next question.

NO: While most technicians have experience operating within the Cloud, most won’t be SMEs. Their time is probably better spent working within their unique specialties, not training to do something completely new. Jump ahead to the section titled “Why a Cloud Provider May Be a Better Solution.”

 

3. Is your business large enough to justify having your own Cloud?

YES: Great! Proceed to the next question.

NO: Again, that’s fine! Most SMBs can’t justify the costs associated with it. You’re probably better off with a Cloud provider who can be attentive to your unique needs. Jump ahead to the section titled “Why a Cloud Provider May Be a Better Solution.”

 

4. Does your team have the bandwidth to monitor your Cloud’s performance in addition to daily tasks?

YES: Great! Hosting your own Cloud may be the best

NO: It’s okay; most people don’t. In most instances, it’s not the best use of your resources when there are other options available. Jump ahead to the section titled “Why a Cloud Provider May Be a Better Solution.”

 

If you answered “YES” to all of these questions, then you are of the rare group who can justify having a private Cloud dedicated to your company. But if you’re like most people, there were at least a couple of “NO’s” in there. Keep reading to learn about choosing a Cloud provider.

 

Why a Cloud Provider May Be a Better Solution

For most companies, the best solution is to go with a Cloud provider — a company dedicated to providing quality Cloud storage solutions and the support needed to go along with it. And if you’re signed up for a managed services contract (more about that here), then you may be in luck; many MSPs (UTG included) offer Cloud as an add-on to their manages service contracts. By choosing a Cloud provider, you’re getting a more cost-effective Cloud solution with a dedicated team of trained and experienced professionals behind it.

The end curriculum for determining your Cloud needs is practicality. Most SMBs (and many larger businesses) don’t have the resources or the need for a private Cloud. Going instead with a Cloud provider can save your budget, your technicians’ bandwidth, and your CIO’s sanity. And when it comes from your MSP, a provider you already know and trust, Cloud computing really is a win/win.

 

Eric Dykes is the CEO of UTG, one of Atlanta and Augusta’s fastest-growing Managed Services Providers. At UTG, we provide both Cloud computing/storage and managed services to businesses across Georgia and beyond. If you need help, we’re only a click away at utgsolutions.com or you can follow us on Twitter@utgsolutions.

 

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