The beauty of cloud computing is that it’s not an all-or-nothing proposition
Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 14, 2010
Denver IT company launches cloud computing initiative
Much as the Internet burst on the scene and rapidly altered the landscape of global communication, so is cloud computing replacing on-site based servers and systems.
Companies like Denver-based Mission Critical Systems (MCS) are perfectly positioned for this shift, given their experience and understanding of traditional on-site infrastructure development, management, and maintenance.
“The beauty of cloud computing is that it’s not an all-or-nothing proposition,” notes Mission Critical Systems General Manager Gene Smith. “We’re working with companies looking to migrate slowly from their on-site servers to individual applications and software hosted on the Web. And, we’re talking with others prepared to move aggressively on transitioning their entire company infrastructure into the cloud.”
To offer a foundation for informed decision-making in this arena, MCS is addressing cloud computing pros and cons in an Oct. 6 noon-hour webinar.
Notes Smith, “Typically, people are concerned about security, transitional disruption and accompanying loss of productivity, and perceived loss of control that occurs when the server is no longer on premises. We aim to reassure people and make them feel comfortable with this prospective change, while also emphasizing that time is of the essence.”
Some estimate that on-premise Microsoft Exchange servers will vanish in as little as two years, replaced by “Exchange in the Cloud.” Obviously, cloud computing isn’t going to vanish into thin air.
Cloud computing can scale economically to many sizes and scopes of challenges, all while effectively commoditizing the back office IT function at lower and more predictable cost. However, just as no company would purchase an on-site server without first evaluating capacity, speed, reliability and the like, companies need to marry their requirements to the most appropriate cloud computing model.
Bandwidths, proprietary software and cloudless partners are three issues to review closely before making the cloud commitment. “Bandwidth requirements may be too large for the cloud. Some proprietary software isn’t compatible. And, companies should make sure that going to the cloud won’t create conflicts with cloudless partners,” Smith points out.
In the one hour webinar on October 6th at 12:00 MDT, the firm will address:
1) The origins and drivers of cloud computing
2) What cloud computing means for the SMB community. Especially for small businesses, cloud computing can Lower costs and provide business advantages--eliminating the need for purchase and maintenance of expensive on-premise servers requiring spam protection, redundant power supplies, physical space, electricity, air conditioning, and more.
3) Reliability, security, performance and other concerns. Make sure to review Service Level Agreements and End User licensing agreements for every cloud computing service chosen, to make sure performance expectations are addressed.
4) How the cloud also can greatly simplify execution of a disaster recovery plan. (You’ll still want to have redundant backup on tape, flash drive or other media.)
5) Saving money and reducing risk and wasted time. Instead of spending $15,000 on a new Exchange server and $500 per month maintaining it, host the service in the cloud for $2,400 down and a reasonable maintenance cost.
6) How to transition to the cloud with no interruptions. Moving to the cloud is not an all-or-nothing choice. For instance, you can move to a cloud solution to meet customer relationship needs while maintaining an on-premises server. Later, you can commit to a cloud server.