August 8, 2012

Say sayonara to your server

How small businesses can have enterprise level IT without the large initial investment.

No matter how large or small your budget is, the initial investment for IT can be daunting at best. And even after this investment there are other operational costs such as support, upgrades and replacements to think about. Not only that you also need to own a noisy server in house which will cost you an arm and a leg just to keep cool and secure.

It’s all very well having a high spec server that can perform incredibly well but did you know that 70-80% of your server is not running at full capacity? That means you are paying for more than you use.

I know you are probably thinking I am crazy for telling you to get rid of your in house server but you don’t need to be an accountant to figure out that you are wasting money by only using 20 to 30 per cent of its capacity.

Not only are you wasting money on performance you don’t utilise, you still have to upgrade, maintain and support this money burning machine, and guess what? Maintenance, support and upgrades don’t come cheap.

So before you waste your money on in house servers let me provide an alternative, an option that eliminates the large initial investment on IT and may even put a smile on your CFO’s face.

What would you say if I could offer you a solution that gives you enterprise level IT infrastructure and resources? What would you say if I told you that could have all this on a per user, per month basis and you would not have to buy a server of your own?

This can all be a reality thanks to the cloud and more specifically a hosted virtual desktop.

As part of this solution you will get:

  • Your own dedicated virtual server
  • enough resources to support the amount of users you need
  • mailboxes for each user
  • a hosted virtual desktop for each user
  • individual storage and company shared storage
  • full Microsoft office suite
  • any applications you need installed
  • IT support

Plus the best thing of all you will get all this and more on a pay as you go basis. Per user, per month is all you pay. So as your company grows and you add more users to the system, the performance is increased accordingly.

Benefits of a hosted virtual desktop solution

This solution provides the flexibility of adding an unlimited amount of users to the system without suffering performance issues. As the performance is increased to be in accordance with the amount of users on the system, you will never have to worry about upgrading a server again.

And with a cloud based solution you won’t have to manage your server or users as all the IT support is included.

As you add and remove users, this too is easy. No need for someone to come in and physically add or remove, configure, cable and all the stuff you do normally in “traditional” set-up.

Flexibility is a key component to an efficient and productive working culture and flexibility is what you will get with this solution.

Everything included with this solution you can access on any device at anytime from anywhere. You can be at any place in the world and still have access to absolutely everything you need.

Also, we all know it only takes one IT disaster and you could be faced with a huge bill which could damage the company greatly. A hosted virtual desktop solution gives you comfort knowing that your IT budget will never increase spontaneously due to the unforeseen.

When you pay as you go you can be assured that no hidden surprises lay ahead.

Jo Radcliffe

Jo Radcliffe

Co-Founder of 404 team Ltd who is passionate about bringing colour, clarity and budget-ability to businesses' experience of IT.

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