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What's the Difference Between Traditional IT and Cloud Computing?

The concept of cloud computing has been around for decades. It wasn't until the 2000's that it started to take shape and evolve the business world. Today, at this very moment, more and more businesses are adopting the cloud computing model for their operations and IT practices, or taking a hybrid approach between the traditional and the new.

There's a reason why cloud computing is on the rise today and is a multi-billion dollar industry - it uses the power of the Internet to do the heavy lifting instead of on-premise hardware.

So, what are the differences between traditional IT and cloud computing technologies and what is right for your business?

Traditional IT

  • Data is stored internally on-site.

  • Data is subject to equipment failures or theft.

  • There is a large capital expense on hardware maintenance and replacements.

  • Access to data is controlled by certain devices. No access to the device means no access to the data.

Cloud Computing Technologies

  • Data is stored in multiple locations, some across the globe.

  • Equipment failure or theft doesn't result in data loss because of redundancy and data center compliance.

  • Capital expenditures are shifted to operating expenditures with the pay-as-you go model.

  • If you have access to the Internet, you can access your data by logging into a web portal, desktop application, or mobile application - sometimes even all three!

The bottom line and the approach Bedrock likes to take: it all depends on your business processes and your ultimate goals. Cloud computing can help streamline certain aspects of your business and save on operating costs, but maybe not all. Some businesses totally embrace cloud technologies. It may make more sense for your business to take a hybrid approach to the infrastructure. And for some organizations, it may not be just the right time....yet. But, one thing is for sure, the cloud is not a trend - it's transforming what we do today, for tomorrow. Let Bedrock Cloud help lift you up to the cloud with a free technology evaluation. Contact Us today.

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