Cloud computing has changed the IT industry, and it's everywhere you look — if you know where to look. Whether you're small or large, new or established. Cloud computing services provide more bang for your buck, as they allow businesses to simplify their infrastructure and IT management while increasing the reliability of their system access. But what cloud computing does best is cost less than the traditional in-house IT model.
Here are a few ways the Cloud can help you save.
1. Save on Software
Software licenses are not cheap, and because volume licenses are not often available in singles, they are usually purchased in increments; which means that many organizations have more on hand than they need. Using a cloud service provider makes licenses the vendor's responsibility. This means that your organization can be provided with the exact amount of licenses needed, without incurring additional costs for unused licenses.
2. Save on Hardware
Like software costs, hardware costs with cloud services are the vendor’s responsibility. Few things can bust up an IT budget quite like the cost of hardware. Servers, racks, routers, switches, and the like can cost tens of thousands of dollars apiece. Then, there are elements like backup batteries, cooling systems, and disaster recovery systems to consider. Add in additional equipment just to keep in storage in case of a critical hardware failure, and the costs easily creep into six figures. PLUS, all of the hardware needs to be maintained and replaced on a four-year rotation to keep up-to-date with support and security. Opting to function in a cloud environment can significantly reduce those costs.
3. Save on rent and energy
All that equipment is going to need to go somewhere. Running your own data center takes both space and large amounts of electricity and not just for the equipment either. Servers need A/C units to keep them cool, as they generate a large amount of heat. Larger data farms will even need specialized ventilation systems to pull the hot air away, while the A/Cs push cool air down on them. Some office spaces aren’t equipped to handle this type of setup, so secondary facilities need to be rented. Storing data in the cloud eliminates both the rent and energy costs traditionally associated with large data farms.
4. Save on personnel
All that equipment is going to need management, right? On the IT side, that means you'll need qualified engineers to plan the system and qualified technicians to install, upgrade and support that system as needed. IT positions can command very high-end salaries, not to mention insurance costs and other benefits. You’ll also want to consider more administrative positions such as people who purchase, inventory, and manage equipment in storage. All of these expenses can be eliminated or at the very least mitigated by contracting a good cloud provider.
All the unnecessary expense and fuss is then pushed off onto your service provider. No one does impenetrable cloud security like Cloud Carib. Our secure servers are located in the Bahamas, out of reach of most governments, and secure from hackers.