Should You Move Your Network to the Cloud?
Are you thinking about moving your on-site network to the cloud? Whether you are considering using one feature of the cloud, or moving your entire network of workstations and servers, do you understand all the positives and negatives of making this transition?
Dustin Leefers, a Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the pros and cons of moving your network infrastructure to cloud based technology.
Leefers said moving to the cloud makes a lot of sense for many businesses.
Key Reasons to Move to The Cloud
1. Financial Flexibility.
Instead of paying an upfront expenditure in the six figures for an on-site server, businesses can instead lease servers in the cloud for a monthly fee. This enables a company to save money on initial costs and invest later as needed.
2. Operational Flexibility and Expandability.
A business can add servers as it continues to grow. New applications can be added in days or even hours as opposed to weeks or months.
3. Ease of Upgrade.
Software upgrades are easily done in one simple location. Companies using an older on-site network may have to upgrade software, servers, and individual computers to take advantage of any new technology.
Leefers said the cloud also presents some possible negative concerns for business owners. These include…
1. Potential Slower Performance.
Programs like email and file sharing work well in the cloud but larger applications may contain a lot of latency in the database. This may cause some programs to work slower off-site. Companies should speak to their cloud provider to assess the available options.
2. Security Issues.
Cloud servers have much security in place. Yet since they house applications from potentially dozens of businesses they are also an appealing target for hackers and others. Business owners should do a formal review with their cloud provider to address potential security issues.
3. No Redundant Internet Connection.
Once the cloud connection goes down all access is lost. Business operations will cease within the confines of the office. This is opposed to an on-site server that does provide the ability to work locally, even without the Internet. That being said a cloud based solution allows workers to find another connection (at home, in a coffee shop, etc.) and resume their projects exactly where they left them.
ThrottleNet can help you assess your options and assist in determining if moving to the cloud is right for your business.
Watch the full episode below!