|Have you heard of this thing called Cloud Computing and wondered what it is and what it means to your business?Well, in simple terms the Cloud is a way for you to remove the burdens of owning the technology your business relies on, reduce your expenses, and allow you to have a mobile workforce.
First, let’s start thinking about your technology as a commodity or as a utility. We’ve all been faced with the traditional challenges of automating our businesses. You know what they are. It’s the thought that we have to buy expensive servers, pay someone to maintain them, build out special rooms to keep the servers safe and comfortable, hire skilled personnel to run them, and then train our people so they know how to use them. We hope for the best, but more often than not feel like hostages because we had no other alternatives.
If we had to reduce expenses in an area we knew like Accounting or Sales, it would be a no brainer, but for many we tend to shy away from making IT cuts because our resident expert says we can’t. And since we don’t know what they do all we can do is believe them.
But what if you could leave all that behind and know that your systems and your data would always be available and secure? And that all those things we mentioned are taken care of for you. And what if your people could work anywhere in the world with just an internet connection? What if you could get your IT services on-demand at the right time and in the right amount? Well, that’s what Cloud computing is!
It’s a way to deliver IT services over the internet much like the power company delivers electricity over power lines, but the power plant in this example is replaced by a state-of-the-art data center. Just by its inherent nature, your business gets a business continuity plan due to the mobility aspect, more predictable expenses in the form of reduced costs, and it’s always available.
If you ran your business in the cloud, you would access it much like you do Google, Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, you name it! All you need is a web browser. Most businesses find this way of doing business less stressful and more reliable than the traditional way of buying their own equipment, loading a software, and then only being able to use it while at their office.
The reputable cloud service providers have redundant infrastructures in place which means their data centers have two of everything. So it would be very rare if your systems would ever not be available.
The technology environments provided by a Cloud provider are extremely nimble by design. They follow your business cycles, so the scale up when your business demand is on the rise, and retreat if your business cycles decline. So when your business doubles or contracts overnight, just give your Cloud provider a call and your business environment can be right sized almost immediately.
This is powerful because finally your IT costs can be firmly set and budgeted over several years vs. feeling like you’re constantly up grading your systems. I say this because in the Cloud environment any hardware expense or upgrade is at the expense of the Cloud provider, not you!
Running your business in the cloud offers your business many benefits you just can’t realize when you’re running in a traditional environment. These benefits all center around cost savings, more predictable service levels, flexibility, mobility, and peace of mind. It’s definitely easy to see why this rapidly emerging trend is a strategy assured by the most successful businesses.
|“With STL, I like the ability to get service with one phone call as a rule and the assistance with purchasing new equipment to make sure everything is compatible and I’m not buying more than I need.
They worked very hard to make the smoothest transition to “The Cloud” as they could. Any problems that came up were addressed as soon as possible.
I would recommend STL’s services without any hesitation! They are dependable and go out of their way to assist with a problem.”
Deborah J. Sheppard
Central Illinois Service Access, Inc.