Is your IT CLOUD-y?

Then perhaps we can clear this up. In recent months, you’ve probably heard a lot about going to “the Cloud”. You may also have been told that it’s the best thing since sliced bread and that you need to convert now. Guess what?

My answer to that is “Caveat Emptor!” The Cloud can be quite useful and cost effective in some instances. Unfortunately, in other instances, (a) the cloud-based system won’t do exactly what you need; (b) the cloud implementation will decrease productivity, and ( c) it can cost you more than your current implementation!

The Cloud is actually nothing new. Really. The Information Technology industry has been using this method since the 1970’s. In today’s terms “The Cloud” generally refers to using computing resources offsite (a.k.a “offsite hosting”). That’s it. You could host your own systems offsite (“private cloud”) or use a 3rd party’s resources (“public cloud”). In fact, many companies already outsource their e-mail and web servers, which really is the same as Cloud Computing. Another example is using Software-As-A-Service (SaaS), where you pay a provider to both use his application software and his resources, such as servers, network, etc.

Cloud Computing is to Offsite Hosting as Human Resources is to the Personnel Department, and Information Technology is to Data Processing. It’s just another euphemism or catch-phrase.

If you’d like to chat with us to see if “The Cloud” is right for you, please feel free to call us at (855) GET-MY-CIO extension 3, or email us at newsletters@theCIOsource.com

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