Current Cloud Conundrum: Justifying the Move
It’s a problem facing just about every CTO or other techie charged with keeping costs down and access high: Do we stick with all the servers in which we’ve already invested, or bite the bullet and go to the cloud?
There are more of them out there than you might imagine: people or companies that have invested in on-premise file servers (There are reportedly 27 million file servers currently running in North America alone), but want to move to the cloud. How can they justify it?
Fortunately Intermedia, a cloud-centric company that gives customers and partners the freedom to focus on business, not IT, by integrating 30 essential cloud IT apps with a single point of control, has offered up some solid ideas and guidelines to make the transition easier.
“File servers lack modern sharing and syncing capabilities,” Intermedia noted in a recent release. “They’re good for on-network collaboration [and] integrate well with Active Directory,” but their downsides are many:
- They’re hard to enable remote file access;
- You need to set up VPNs, and educate users;
- There’s no offline access, or access on mobile devices;
- You can’t share externally;
- There’s no redundancy for most SMBs—downtime is very painful.
Yet when asked what’s keeping them from the cloud, users had a variety of reasons including:
- They don’t know any better;
- They’ve just invested in a server;
- They have ‘application dependency’; Quickbooks for example;
- They want on-premise files; in other words, they’re uncomfortable with the cloud.
But Intermedia notes that while valid, all the above reasons have solutions.
For example, by moving to the cloud, “You have the best of both worlds: on-premise file servers with cloud-based collaboration tools,” the company said. Further, companies can mobile-enable their file server, and even enhance their file server with cloud sharing. In addition, Intermedia notes companies that embrace the cloud solution can:
- Keep what they like, and put sharing and syncing on top of it;
- Mirror their on-premise file server through Intermedia’s SecuriSync interface, with all of the SecuriSync capabilities (backup, restore, sync, share etc.);
- Keep a file server for business apps like QuickBooks or Peachtree;
- Assure peace of mind by retaining local copies of data.
In short, the cloud allows companies to expand their current capabilities while maintaining control and managing costs. It’s a win-win solution all around.