In a World of Secure, Accessible Cloud Computing, Why On Earth Does Your Business Still Use a Server?
The traditional use of a server is an in-house location for all your important documents and applications. Even the smallest businesses—those with two or three employees—need some system that organizes their business. But these servers can be expensive. Even the most basic option can run your business in excess of $4,000+, and that’s without monthly subscription costs for licenses and software upgrades. By leveraging cloud computing, there is a better way.
This blog will look at what a server does for your business, how serverless computing works, the vital role a modern managed IT provider like SBT Partners will play, and why it is an excellent solution for all your computing needs.
Why Your Business Doesn’t Need a Server
Although on-premises servers are relevant in many use cases, the current trend for all businesses in 2020 is to move data and applications to the cloud. The national trend shows that 83% of enterprises will be using the cloud in some way by the end of 2020. Why is this?
Cost – On-premises servers are expensive, and the time and money needed to determine what your business needs and where to find it are sometimes beyond the means of small businesses. Even after everything is purchased, there are costs to license software and monthly subscriptions.
Scalability – It’s evident that your computing needs grow as your business grows, and the more data you generate and applications you use, the more robust your infrastructure needs to be. With in-house servers, none of this is instant. Growth needs to be budgeted and planned out well in advance, which means smaller businesses can miss out on growth opportunities simply because they lack the equipment necessary. With cloud computing, this simply isn’t so. Capacity can be added within a few days, which means the cloud is a superior choice for small and medium businesses that want to start small and hope to scale their infrastructure in time. When a business needs to scale back, it’s easier for the cloud to handle that too. In-house servers that are no longer required represent money wasted unless you can find someone to buy them or use them in the future. But since the cloud scales to your usage, you experience immediate cost reduction that lasts until you find you need additional capacity again.
Security and Compliance – This is a big sticking point for many organizations that are clinging to in-house servers, and the logical correlation makes perfect sense. Sensitive data is safer when it is housed on-premises. However, if you stay with an in-house option, the level of security provided could depend on your in-house team’s knowledge and skill. Cloud computing workloads can be spread across many servers and data centers, and providers are responsible for supplying all security for hardware and software. These security measures typically include important security protocols such as PCI and HIPAA compliance.
Resources – Physical resources require physical support, which means an on-location staff is responsible for the maintenance which can be costly. In-house IT professionals typically maintain in-house servers. With the cloud, there are few upfront costs, if any. Since the infrastructure belongs to the provider, the client only pays a monthly or annual fee to use the only what is consumed.
Data Backup – A properly configured, automated backup is something that can save your business. An in-house backup process is at risk due to natural and human-made disasters. When you rely on the cloud, built-in redundancies mean your data is secure from loss and stored in multiple locations.
Do You Still Rely on In-House Servers?
SBT Partners has a better way. From cloud computing to technology as a service, our cloud computing solutions can be tailored so you can reach highly specific business goals.
It’s time for your organization to grow and evolve. With the expert guidance of SBT Partners, the cloud is an excellent choice for your organization. Through powerful tools such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Teams, your business can operate and communicate like never before. Cloud computing offers convenience, scalability, lower costs, and an ability to respond quickly to new opportunities. This is the modern workplace. Reach out to SBT today!