Is 2015 Your ‘Year of the Cloud’?

CloudSlowly but surely the term cloud is becoming less marketing hype and more reality for businesses of all types.

I will not be ‘that guy’ who says that the cloud is the ‘end all and be all’ for everyone. That kind of statement is, well, stupid. It likely came from a sales guy looking to hit a quota (of which there are many and, for full disclosure’s sake, I am one of them). If the statistics bare out, those who are shopping for cloud services are less likely to listen to my kind since a lot of your research has already been done before we speak and you don’t need a pitch, you need a solution.

So back to the cloud in 2015? Why would you consider it at all? Here are a few possible reasons.

  1. Capital expenditures need to be reigned in – This is common. You may be looking at a large equipment refresh in 2015 but your budget may not marry up with that particular need. Clouds help offset that large cash outlay or lease agreements that do little other than drain your bank account. Are they miraculous and thus, dirt cheap? No. Stop thinking that way. It will lead to poor purchasing decisions.
  2. Staffing difficulties – Many businesses are not operating as if they are flush with cash. Heck, even if they were they have been trained over the past 15 or so years that you simply can’t blow a lot of money just because you can. It’s bad business. Since budgets are tight, so is staffing in many IT shops. The ability to monitor and maintain infrastructure can be a taxing deal on time and budgets. That said, keeping staff for any period of time is hassle as well. One thing a cloud solution can do is help keep maintenance to a minimum so you can concentrate on what runs on the machines rather than if they are running. Less boxes on prem require less staff. It’s pretty simple.
  3. C-level pressure – Have you been getting heat in the IT space from upper level execs who are simply enamored with ‘the cloud’ since they watched a golf tournament and saw an ad? You’re not alone. Upper level management and their misconceptions of the cloud space often drive purchasing behaviors. This is actually a great time for you to educate folks and show your stuff. Once you help the board room ‘pump the brakes’ on cloud-mania you can help them make real strong business decisions.
  4. Lack of disaster recovery plan – This is still probably the biggest driver of cloud solutions. The easiest way to implement a DR solution is put only mission critical applications (You absolutely do not need to simple mirror your production environment in most cases. That is often a waste) in a cloud solution that is out of market. Simply put, it’s better than nothing and it is usually affordable.

There are more reasons but this should help you think about your current situation in a different light. Or maybe not. As mentioned earlier, I am just a sales guy ……..