IT consulting experts in Milwaukee may or may not advise you to adopt a cloud-computing paradigm; it’s going to depend on your business. Know that the cloud is here, it’s here to stay, and trends are pointing toward increased cloud usage over time. Between the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and new innovations on the horizon like Edge Computing and the possibility of a decentralized internet, there are a lot of changes coming.
If you’re rooted internally, you’re likely to find reduced competitive viability based on changing market expectations and unnecessary costs. However, at the same time, there are definitely businesses for which cloud computing in Milwaukee wouldn’t be appropriate. For example, in the U.S. today, there are over a thousand separate intelligence organizations, and these don’t include contracting agencies. The nature of intelligence information predicates close protection at any cost.
Though cloud computing is exceptionally secure, in this scenario, saving data on non-net platforms makes sense. However, even the intelligence operation would greatly benefit from a hybrid cloud solution wherein sensitive data is closed securely on an internal system and non-sensitive infrastructural IT information is facilitated via the cloud. The intelligence industry like the retail, entertainment, and services industry has its own level of competitiveness.
An IT consulting firm in Milwaukee can help give you an idea of what would be most appropriate for your business. Consider this hypothetical scenario: you’ve got 20 internal servers at $4K a piece plus storage, backup, related staff, incidentals, upgrades, and replacements. Over five years, the cost of those servers would be conservatively estimated at $330K. That’s assuming the replacement of servers once every five years (20 servers at $4K twice), and only a single $30K/year employee managing them, plus $20K for incidentals.
A $5K/month cloud solution would provide way more horsepower and still cost you $30K less over five years conservatively. Realistically, for a couple thousand or less monthly, you can get better computing power, storage, security and backup, as well as network interface than that available through internal solutions. Plus, there’s the outsourced office component. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) can totally erase the cost of laptops and severely reduce workspace costs through allowing employees to use their own computers and space to connect with the cloud over the web. With the right MDM (Mobile Device Management), such a solution is secure and viable.
IT consulting in Milwaukee through Technology Resource Advisors, Inc. can help you determine if cloud computing is right for you and which cloud solutions will best serve your business. Contact us now to find out more about cloud advantages.