No Computing Infrastructure to Maintain
Author: Ricardo de Rojas
Historically, implementing a computer solution for your business meant IT infrastructure and a big upfront and ongoing expense.
To begin with, you had capital expense for:
- Software license
- Computer hardware, including the server and/or mainframe, printers, PCs and communications equipment
- Installation, including special rooms and cabling
There are many costs involved in running your own IT infrastructure that go beyond buying servers, networking equipment and software licenses. These include real estate, energy, cooling, IT admin staff, managing and monitoring the software and servers, daily backups, etc.
A lot of those costs are ongoing until it is time to replace the computer or upgrade it in five to seven years. You have to buy a system for your future needs, with the horsepower, disk space and connections you think your business will need in three to four years. The computer system and the supporting infrastructure have become a cash eating monster.
Fast advances in technology could make your computer investment antiquated before it was fully depreciated and paid for; there is an old saying that “at the point you can buy new hardware, it is outdated.” Here are just a few examples:
- Windows XP versus Windows 7
- Unix versus Linux
- 32 bit versus 64 bit
- 9600 bps versus broadband fiber
- Fax versus email
With the advent of the Internet and features like Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay, people found they could store and access data in the cloud whenever and wherever they wanted. This concept has grown to become today’s cloud-based business solution—real-time access to important business information and key performance indicators anytime, anywhere.
The whole point of cloud computing is that you don’t use 100 percent of your IT around the clock throughout the year. Cloud solutions are “just-in-time”—providers allow you to deploy new connections for users, companies and/or servers in minutes and offer usage-based costing.
Without the need for large capital expense items like servers, your business will require almost zero upfront infrastructure investment.
The cloud will free you to focus on your business—no big on-site servers, IT staff to wrestle with software updates, antiquated equipment or computing infrastructure maintenance.