When we last met, we went over how you can save money by consolidating your various underutilized servers into one server, with a solution called virtualization. Today, we want to continue our discussion, by showing you another solution that will give you savings from your servers, this involves moving your servers functions over to a managed cloud environment.
Servers are powerful machines; they are much more capable (and more expensive) than regular workstations. But stop and ask yourself, how much power and hard drive space do you actually need? A typical server that is designated for single use is likely using only 5-15% of its capacity; this means you are paying for a lot of extra power and space you may not need. The attractive feature about the cloud is that you only pay for the gigabytes you actually use, which may only be a fraction of the space on an average server.
The savings will become very visible when it is time to make a budget; this is because the services of a cloud work like a subscription, which makes it an operating expense that is regularly billed. Buying a new server every so often is a capital expense, and we bet you can find a better use for your capital dollars than having to buy hardware. Perhaps you can even use the savings to avoid having to make unpopular budget cuts?
You save on management as well – it’s more cost effective to have your server hosted at a data center because it isn’t unique hardware sitting at your office. All of the maintenance, remediation, and upgrades are handled at the data center, keeping your expenses much lower. Plus, data centers handle backup and security as well.
The cloud is a great all-around IT solution, it can not only save you money, but it can also provide you with the strongest data protection plan on the market. Give Tektonic a call at (416) 256-9928, and we can go over all the different ways the cloud can help you with not only your computer needs, but with your bottom line as well.