What are the practical limitations to cloud technology ?
Praddep Padala makes a great point, but this does not apply to a small business that has 5–10 servers or a firm with less than 100 employees. Bandwidth concerns can be addressed with the right people in or outsource firm in place.
My firm builds networks primarily for the small businesses. We make much more money when the client has servers in-house. However, if the client gives us the option to build in-house or in the cloud, in most cases, we will suggest the cloud. Less money for us when it comes to servicing the client, but our philosophy is to always look out for the clients best interest. AMW, Microsoft and Google spend billions on redundancy, security, backup, storage, business continuity, etc. Transferring the risk of managing the data is priceless to a small business.
Small businesses have a high chance of going bankrupt if a server crashes and data cannot be recovered. With the cloud in place, that risk exponentially goes down with a cloud plan in place.
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Next reason is cash out of pocket. The cost for an E1 package by Office 365 offers email, calendars, backup, web biz apps, file sharing, instant message etc. cost 5/user. If you times that by lets go with a round number 20 employees, it comes out to 100 bucks a month. The majority of your infrastructure will be in place for $100 dollars and can be set up in less than 24 hours, WOW. Let’s look at the alternative, you will spend easily in the thousands to build it in-house. And we are not done. You need to hire a group to manage it, back it up and makes sure its secure.
Is bandwidth overhead a concern? NO, bandwidth these days is so inexpensive, and you have plenty of vendors fighting for your business.
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