Considering Cloud Computing? What’s the Right Choice for You?

Considering Cloud Computing?

What’s the Right Choice for You?

Cloud computing is a sensible business solution. It increases efficiency while improving cash flow – a veritable win-win.

If you’re considering moving to the cloud solutions, there are two options you want to consider:

Software-as-a-service (SaaS)

Infrastructure-as-a-services (IaaS)

Let me shed a little light on the advantages of each.

SaaS uses the web to deliver applications and programs that are managed by the vendor, but accessed by your company. SaaS eliminates your need to buy, install, and run applications on individual computers, which makes it easier to streamline maintenance and support.

Cloud computing is a cost effective option, and you have the advantage of being able to access everything from anywhere across a variety of devices.

You own all your data, but do not need to build, create, or maintain the platform. It’s a great tool for increasing collaboration, as employees can work on documents and shared apps at the same time with cloud solutions.

A Frost & Sullivan survey revealed that companies that invested in collaboration technology experienced a 400% return on investment.

SaaS is commonly used for simple tasks like email, collaboration, and customer relationship management. You will find there are generally fewer applications available  with SaaS than IaaS. You also have less ability to customize for your exact needs, and management is less centralized.

IaaS offers you more flexibility, along with manageability and security. User management is more robust, especially important when dealing with multi-user access, security, auditing, backups, and disaster recovery.

IaaS customers typically pay on a per-use basis, by the hour, week, or month. Some providers also charge customers based on the amount of virtual machine space they use. This pay-as-you-go model eliminates the capital expense of deploying in-house hardware and software.

Because IaaS is a more expensive option, we find that combining the two services works well for many companies. You leverage inexpensive commoditized applications like Email, Contact management using Salesforce, or accounting using QuickBooks, while at the same time maintaining manageability and security with IaaS.

Adapting to cloud computing will allow you to reduce spending on your technology infrastructure. You’ll have less to manage and you’ll increase productivity. Ultimately, more work is accomplished in less time, while  reducing capital costs.

Curious about how SaaS, IaaS, or a hybrid of the two could work for you? Call us to request a complimentary assessment. 303.383.1627 ext. 1100

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