You’d be surprised, or perhaps not, by the number of businesses whose revenue and relationship with customers are dependent on an old server sitting under a desk or in a closet, the maintenance and continued functioning of which depends on the IT expertise of someone who is not entirely qualified for the job.
It makes me cringe when I talk to small business owners about the state of their IT infrastructure and they tell me that mission critical applications and databases are running on creaky old servers that haven’t been replaced for years, often because there’s no one around who understands exactly what the server is doing and they are afraid to touch it in case they break something.
All over the country there are businesses without reliable hardware that are dependent on legacy applications and don’t have the expertise to do anything about it. Many of them aren’t even aware of their options.
These businesses are walking a tightrope. Small businesses in particular cannot afford downtime; they can’t afford for their customer database to be offline for a week; they can’t afford for their payroll systems to break down; they can’t afford the server running mission critical applications to grind to halt.
If you’re a small business owner in this situation, what can you do? The ostrich approach isn’t a viable solution. New infrastructure isn’t as difficult to deploy as you might think. In fact, you can have a server up and running in minutes, one more powerful and more reliable than your old hardware. One that won’t break down, one that can be easily replicated and scaled, that can be backed up with the click of a button. That’s the power of the cloud—it frees businesses from having to worry about infrastructure maintenance and management.
Cirrus Hosting’s cloud platform provides ready-made infrastructure solutions built for small and medium businesses and managed by experts.
Migration to the cloud won’t be painless, but at a certain point, businesses need to bite the bullet and lay the foundations that will keep them up and running for years to come. It’s either that or wait for the inevitable failure of legacy systems, which has the potential to disrupt business operations and cost far more than cloud migration.
Cloud platforms allow small businesses to deploy more reliable and durable infrastructure without upfront capital investment while relying on the technical expertise of the vendor to take care of the management and maintenance of the underlying platform. While businesses may balk at the idea of changing systems that have worked perfectly well in the past, an investment in the cloud will help build a solid IT infrastructure for the future.