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Moving to the Cloud

March 31, 2012
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Many proponents of Cloud based services in NJ say that everyone should move their server function to the cloud, (their cloud) without exception.  Well, cloud computing has its advantages and disadvantages, but a move to the cloud should not be taken lightly.

Here is one example:

A small attorney’s office had been well serviced for over four years by a local managed service IT provider and a cable internet connection, when they were faced with a need to replace their main server.

Wanting to avoid the capital outlay, they made an impulsive decision to move their server function, MS Exchange, Internet Service Provider and phones to a low cost cloud provider.  Despite the warnings of their IT provider to go slow and thoroughly research what they were doing, the law firm went ahead with the move.

Within weeks, the managed service IT provider received a message from the attorney’s office, saying:

“We are dumping XXX (cloud provider) and going back to cable for our internet provider. The T1 connection that XXX arranged slowed down our internet connection and it was ultimately determined by XXX to be inadequate to support a Cloud-based server option, which was the only reason we contracted with them and changed service to begin with.

The changeover to restore our cable connection will take place next Friday.

We would like to revisit the proposal for renewal of our IT services contract, which you had provided on………..”

This is not to say that considering cloud based servers and services for your business is a bad idea.  Only that it should be thought out and planned by someone who knows your business needs, who can assess the available options, and give you an unbiased recommendation and explanation of what makes sense for your business and what doesn’t.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2012 1:21 pm

    I agree! Something as important as IT services should be carefully considered. A little caution is a good thing.

  2. June 1, 2012 1:23 pm

    Good points! There are many other things to consider too – work flow, security, personal data protection – which all need to be addressed in the decision. Too many times managers make decisions based on what everybody else is doing without considering how it will impact their company.

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