I remember, almost 20 years, ago how excited I was to be part of a server deployment. Cool new hardware, having to put all the parts in the box, operating system installation and configuration to the network (Some of you are thinking “Yeah, what fun?”). That fun has now worn off to the reality of servers today:
- Complex configurations to make sure all the parts are compatible.
- Warranty (On site, 4 hours, 8 hours, next day and more)
- Licensing! I think Microsoft should offer a 4-year degree on licensing and you might still need a Masters.
- Virtualization, do you choose VMWare, Hyper-V and which versions?
- We haven’t even checked to see if our application software will work in the above configuration.
These are just a few of the issues to get a new or replacement server off the ground. In more recent times, we now have to take into consideration the Internet demands for remote access. Don’t forget security with Patching and Anti-Virus and ongoing support of both hardware and software, and last is the environment you should maintain from power, cooling, locked cage/room and more. The last piece is adding insult to injury, which is the equipment is out of date by the time you have it up and running and your needs, from a business standpoint, are ever changing. Hopefully, you had the foresight to build the server large enough for the next 3-5 years without wasting your capital on specifications you will never use.
Let’s just say you got all the above correct and scaled correctly, now you have to configure the backup and disaster recovery! On site for file-level recovery, hopefully set so it backs up every 15 minutes, then does full images every day to another appliance on site, which requires the same level of attention that the server itself requires. And, if that is not enough, you have to get the data off site so if a tornado or other natural disaster destroys your server, you can recover it. All takes time, money and patience.
So, we have been doing all the above for even the smallest deployments for decades. It really is the definition of Insanity from Albert Einstein “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
We have the technology to do this different and more efficient, all while saving money and being in a high-availability environment, which is the Cloud. Whether in the public Cloud or Nex-Tech’s Private Cloud, you can find a highly-scalable environment that is a pay-for-use model. You only pay for what you use! These solutions take all the care and feeding of the server from your business and puts it into the hands of experts.
It has taken a few years for solutions that larger companies have had access to for a while, to get into the affordable stack for small businesses; however, that time is here. While Cloud may not be the best answer for all businesses, it does provide significant advantages for many businesses, allowing them to focus on their customers and business and the Cloud provider to focus on the server business.