One of the most common questions entrepreneurs face when starting a business is deciding whether to host all of their computing and storage needs in the cloud or on premises. So, if you find yourself asking this question, you are not alone.
There is no short answer. It depends on several factors, such as the size of your company and how much data it uses; the number of people you employ; the type of information you handle; and even the physical location of your business. A good IT consultant can help you by formulating the questions and then providing you with the answers you need to make a well informed and sound decision.
A good IT consultant can help you by formulating the questions and then providing you with the answers you need to make a well informed and sound decision.
When planning your budget and calculating return on investment, there are some important things to consider. One is that you will need to refresh or upgrade your equipment within 5 years. Understanding the lifecycle of the equipment (hardware and software) that you would purchase will enable you to plan your budget and avoid unpleasant surprises.
Here are some of the questions we would ask to evaluate your business’s computing needs.
- How many employees do you have?
- What are your plans for
growth over the next 18-24 months?
- What software will you be using?
- How many sites do you have?
- How many desktops, laptops, printers and handheld devices?
- Do you have a remote workforce?
- What kind of data will you be sharing, and with whom?
- How much data do you currently have?
With this information, we can get a good snapshot of your business needs, and suggest the best configuration to help you and your employees get the job done most efficiently.
Let’s talk about costs. With a cloud hosted service, you will be paying a monthly subscription fee per user. The price varies, depending on services and applications that you use. That number can quickly add up, depending on the amount of users you have and the particular services you use.. On the flip side, building a high-performance on-site system, even a small one, can be expensive. However, it is a mostly a one-time cost, that should last for several years. In short, there are different ways to look at it from a cost perspective. What makes the most financial sense depends on your current situation, initial cost, ongoing expenses and cash flow.