I hate all of this noisy old metal equipment. How can I get into that cloud thing?

I hate all of this noisy old metal equipment. How can I get into that cloud thing?

Here at IPSOFACTO, we’re not bullish about getting into the cloud. The cost savings is not ‘phenomenal’, because Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Box.net…..they know how to price their products just slightly cheaper than having an in-house server. Servers are usually on a 4-year obsolescence track, which is why Dell and Apple offer 3-year warrantees with a 1-year extension. Anything beyond 4 years, they don’t want to warranty. But in reality, for a firm that’s not growing/changing/extremely active, then a server can last 6 years, easy. So, if a client of ours says “Let’s go cloud”, then I like to look at the state of the equipment and the warrantees. If the server is 6 years old, then YAH! Let’s really think about going cloud! But if the server is 3 years old, then “Nah! Let’s talk about the investment first…” And for the record, Architectural and Design firms using AutoCAD or Revit etc., should not go cloud. It’ll kill your business. Imagine, an in-house server and a network with 1gb speeds. For $1000/mo you can have synchronous fiber at 10mb or 100 times slower. But overall, it depends on the firm’s IT Strategy, maybe there are multiple offices and we can set up syncing tools where the inconvenience outweighs continuation of the old solution. It’s case-by-case.

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Steve Boullianne, Multiple post-graduate degrees, Mind/Body/Spirit enthusiast, & a member of Mensa. Loves Skiing, Scuba, and Food. Steve’s First job out of college was programming satellites for AT&T. Founded IPSOFACTO in 1996, Y2K boom, e-Commerce super success, 2.1 boom. Steve is ready to Mediate high quality for all life, our one planet, and human kindness. Loves to dance and tell jokes. Steve believes that Excellent Communication is key to human success (and failure). Steve has 3 sons who are his STARS. They will carry the world into a brilliant future. Since 1996, Steve has been a volunteer drug and alcoholism counselor in the Bay Area. The power of the Great Spirit is in you. Steve is a good friend to have.