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FracRack Cloud ROI Doesn’t Mean Eliminating IT Staff

As Cloud Computing becomes more widely implemented and impossible to ignore, many IT professionals are concerned that the adoption of Cloud for their organization involves the elimination of IT positions as part of the ROI.  At FracRack, we have found just the opposite to be true.

In working with St. Louis businesses, we have found that having a capable, talented IT Team in place in addition to the FracRack Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud is creating financial returns that even we are shocked by.  In the case of true IaaS, the financial advantages come from elimination of:

  • Capital Expenditures for hardware
  • Capital Expenditures for commonly used software (MSFT primarily)
  • Maintenance and support costs
  • Costs of software upgrades and training
  • Cost of Power and Cooling
  • Cost of downtime due to power or bandwidth outages
  • Personnel costs wasted on dealing with hardware issues
By shifting the burden of hardware from the customer to the Cloud Service Provider – FracRack, it becomes possible to free up precious personnel resources from dealing with that hardware to more productive work that helps move a company forward and increase competitive advantage and profitability.
In some cases, companies claiming to offer Cloud Computing are relying on the elimination of jobs as a core element of ROI.  If that’s been your experience, it’s time to take another look at Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Cloud Computing is About More Than Saving Money

It seems that the initial interest in Cloud Computing starts with a question: “How much money will we save by going to the cloud?”.  Fortunately, the answer is lots – 30%-70% is not uncommon.  For the Small or Medium Business (SMB) cloud computing delivers much more than the dollar savings.

Today’s SMB, thanks to Cloud Computing and IaaS, has access to enterprise-level IT Infrastructure that was previously available only to their largest competitors.  What would have taken hundreds of thousands of capital dollars to procure in the past, is now available on-demand for a predictable monthly fee. What would have taken a team of expensive Engineers to maintain, is now available from FracRack with no need for customer in-house expertise.  Industry experts agree that because of these distinct advantages, Cloud Computing will see its highest adoption rates among SMB customers.

Enterprise-class technology combined with the efficiency of a smaller organization gives the SMB a level of strategic agility and competitive advantage never before possible.  With that in mind, the economic benefit in terms of Liberated IT Dollars cannot be ignored.  The savings realized from the Cloud is allowing the SMB to expand markets, develop new products, and even create jobs.

In short, Cloud Computing and Iaas (Infrastructure as a Service) have become the equalizer that finally let’s the SMB enjoy the technology advantages that have always been out of reach.

Cloud Computing Doesn’t Have to Be Another Big IT Project

Let’s face it, most IT Departments today are stretched thin and the demands from business users are increasing constantly.  Maybe you’re thinking “Cloud?  There’s no way I can handle another big project right now” and moving the idea into the “deal with it later” column.  If so, it’s time to take another look at it.

The goal of Cloud Computing and of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is on-demand computing that can be rapidly deployed.  We have heard our clients comment time and time again about how seamless the migration to a FracRack Cloud-Powered Datacenter turned out to be.  With our proven migration process, our customers are live in the Cloud within a couple of weeks and are running their entire Virtual Datacenter after less than 2 hours of training.

At that point, the payoff in terms of liberated dollars, people and effort really begins.  With hardware and maintenance issues off your plate, you suddenly find yourself with more time and money to attack those projects that actually help grow the business.  Only Cloud can make that promise.

So, if the idea of a big implementation project is holding you back from considering Cloud, it’s time to take another look.