In our last post we talked about the Pros and Cons of moving your systems to the cloud vs. keeping them in your office.
As you can see, it can really be a toss-up. Some systems are better kept at your office and some should be moved to the cloud. It really depends on your business’s current and future needs.
What is “the cloud?” This is certainly a question you’ve asked or wondered. You may have received a few explanations too. When searching online, the first resulting definition used the words “Paradigm” and “Ubiquitous” … this does not clear things up for me. Let’s take care of that. If you’ve hear about “the cloud” you’ve likely heard the phrase “on premise” as well. If not, that’s ok. Defining both will help understanding each of them. So what exactly do those terms mean? Simple. Cloud vs On Premise is where your data is stored or resides. On premise data is housed locally in an environment that you (or your trusted IT vendor) maintain. Data is on your computers or servers and is easily accessible. Cloud is similar to its name. Data in the cloud resides offsite, somewhere outside of your home or office. Typically it is on a server, in a data center, miles away from you. Cloud data is accessible to you via a web browser or application.
Nothing lasts forever right? So many things have a shelf life. The same can be said for the technology we use daily. Planning for the End of Life of your existing hardware and software is an important and unavoidable task. A task that should be analyzed each year as budgets are developed. As part of your agreement, your UniVista account managers will work with you during this time to help you understand what equipment/software is nearing its EOL and help develop strategies to tackle these upcoming replacements and/or upgrades. So what is EOL exactly?
Debates. We all experience them in one way or another. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Was the dress blue or gold? In the IT world we face similar debates. One of IT’s largest debate is hardware refresh vs maintaining existing hardware. Most resistance comes from this simple question, how can you best use your already-paid-for hardware while understanding the efficiency issues that come with staying with older equipment? Not to mention storage and daily processing requirements that drive the need to upgrade the hardware. Refresh too early and you’re throwing money out the window. Refresh too late and you risk your company’s IT systems, and ultimately the business itself, screeching to a hard stop.
Most of us look at that update notification from our devices and think, “I’ll do that later.” When we finally get around to it, there are multiple updates that have been sitting there for weeks. We continue with this behavior because nothing has happened to me yet. In order to change those behaviors, let’s begin to think of updates like you would your car insurance. If you waited to cover yourself, that fender-bender might have cost you a LOT more in the long run.