Is the enterprise hardware business doomed?

Enterprise hardware has never been a tougher sell. Recent financial reports from the giant companies that once dominated enterprise computing, IBM, Oracle, HP among others, do not make for pretty reading.

While there is still a demand for mainframe scale hardware in some niches, the overall picture is grim. Sales  continue to spiral down.
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Game over for small business servers

Cloud computing - if you're not doing it, you're doing things wrong

Cloud computing – if you’re not doing it, you’re doing things wrong

If you are still buying servers, you are doing it wrong. They no longer make business sense. Large companies already get this, small businesses need to climb on the clue train. 

Cloud servers beat physical servers in every respect. There are no longer any valid reasons for buying and maintaining in-office servers to manage email, store files, run shared applications or back-up databases.

The battle was over some time ago.

Technology professionals know this, they just haven’t convinced small business owners yet.

Cloud computing is much cheaper than running an office server. Over time you can expect to spend between a quarter and a half on cloud servers when compared to office servers.

Less downtime

You’ll see less downtime. Cloud servers have built-in redundancy, so they typically offline for a few hours over a year. Office servers are nothing like as reliable.

Setting-up and managing systems is infinitely easier in the cloud. And cloud servers are flexible. If you need more capacity tomorrow, You can switch it on as quickly as making a credit card payment.

Upgrading an office server is disruptive and expensive. That’s if the hardware configuration allows upgrades. Many server makers deliberately make upgrading hard so they can sell you a bigger box.

Backing-up is instant. When the Christchurch earthquakes hit, businesses using cloud services could get back in operation within hours. Some never managed to recover their office servers. Those who did often took weeks or months to get back to normal.

Cloud safety

Security fears are often the greatest psychological barrier stopping small businesses from moving to the cloud. Frankly the fears don’t add up.

An office server is as safe as your office. How safe is that? Someone determined to steal data can break-in or otherwise enter your building. Hackers may steal it remotely – you almost certainly aren’t spending enough on enterprise-grade security. Then there’s the risk of fire, flooding or earthquakes. Power lines can go down.

Cloud servers live in large, well-guarded data centres. If someone manages to get past the guards they’ve still got to find your data – that’s far from easy. Security professionals monitor the systems and there are emergency back-up power supplies. first class fire systems and so on.

If cloud computing is safe enough for the region’s largest banks and corporations, it ought to be safe enough for your business.