The natural lifespan of an on-site IT infrastructure amounts to no more than 5-6 years. These days many SMBs find themselves approaching the end of their current infrastructure’s usefulness. They notice their IT performance levels lagging and their IT hardware repair and replacement costs increasing. Their network security could be compromised by outdated antivirus software, firewalls, and backup systems incapable of responding to the latest malware and hacking methods. Most SMBs respond to the decline of their infrastructure by spending $10,000-$25,000 on hardware and $20,000 in implementation fees to replace or upgrade a system that will need replacement again in another five years. SMBs that prefer an on-site IT infrastructure persist in this inefficient and unnecessarily-complicated cycle, with IT costs and network performance issues continually dragging down their business.
SMBs that migrate their infrastructure to the Cloud will experience none of the downsides of purchasing, operating, or repairing an on-site system. With the Cloud, their performance or security levels will never decline. They will never have to worry about repairing or replacing IT-related hardware and updating software. Their cloud hosting and services provider will manage these things for them. And instead of large, intermittent, and unexpected costs, cloud hosting companies will accept low, fixed payments at defined intervals (weekly, monthly, yearly, and per-use).
With cloud hosting, a company hosts infrastructure or other IT systems or solutions, such as applications and virtual servers, and delivers them, usually to a different company, via the Internet. Cloud hosting differs from older web hosting technologies mainly by being scalable (an infrastructure hosted on a cloud can be moved, expanded, or shrunk across multiple servers without disruption). Cloud hosting also maximizes processing and storage by housing multiple infrastructures on a single server and assigning resources based on priority.
Additional benefits of cloud-hosted infrastructures and solutions include:
–Anywhere-enabled. A cloud-based infrastructure can be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection. Many SMBs have satellite offices, on-the-go workers, and work-from-home employees. Without the Cloud, the satellite offices would require their own on-site IT system and off-site employees would be excluded from the company network. With cloud computing, everyone in an organization shares the same IT resources regardless of their location.
–Centralization. A cloud-based infrastructure’s centralization has many upsides, including: 1) complete access control and enterprise visibility; 2) one-click repairs and upgrades of the entire system; 3) maximization of hardware resources; 4) easier to implement security policies or other consistent settings; 5) simple migration and scaling.
–No on-site IT required. Cloud hosting can replace the entirety of your IT hardware and personnel. Cloud hosting and services companies will purchase and manage the cables, routers, switches, servers, and other expensive hardware. The remote staff will provide the same level of oversight and support as an on-site team. The cloud hosting company’s technical support will also be cheaper than retaining a full-time IT support staff since they perform on an as-needed basis.
IronOrbit designs, builds, and manages private cloud infrastructures primarily for SMBs. In addition to the various benefits of switching to cloud-based infrastructures from on-site systems, selecting IronOrbit as your IT services provider offers advantages including:
-24x7x365 support. IronOrbit’s team of IT experts delivers round-the-clock online and phone technical support.
-15 years’ experience. IronOrbit has been providing customized IT hosting and services for 15 years. Our clients include SMBs and enterprises in the medical, construction, finance, and government sectors.
-Customization. IronOrbit will custom-build your private cloud infrastructure according to your preferences and requirements. Whether you’re a big or small organization; have stringent or relaxed security requirements; are highly dispersed or located in a single office, IronOrbit can construct a private cloud to give full support to your business operations.