With server end of life near, is Hosted computing the answer?

Question:
‘We are a SME that’s facing our server end of life. We have about 100 end users who use email and shared drives for client business. As with a lot of companies our data is confidential, so we need it to be secure. What are the pros and cons of moving to hosted computing?’

Answer:
Timing an evaluation of moving to the cloud to coincide with server end of life gives you the opportunity to realise one of the benefits of cloud computing, a reduction in infrastructure expenses.
If your servers are at end of their life and therefore fully depreciated. By moving email and file storage to be hosted in the cloud, you would trade the upfront capital expense of purchasing new servers, ups and backup devices with the ongoing expense of ‘leasing’ only the server and disk capacity you need. Data storage in the cloud gives easy access to backup, archival and disaster recovery services at lower cost and more seamless than you could do in-house.

The security of confidential data is top priority, as security has been the biggest issue for enterprises avoiding a hosted setup. Most providers have the same security measures in place as an on-premises deployment. Security should be addressed on-premises and in the cloud; therefore, it shouldn’t be listed as a con for migrating to the cloud.

In the past performance and reliability have been the challenges of moving email to a hosted environment, end users don’t want to lose the on premise efficient messaging they have grown accustomed to. With faster internet connections now available this is less of a problem. LSA Systems also offer the ability to integrate your applications with your email server via virtual private networks, offering the same functions end users are familiar with for their current on-premises options. This makes LSA’s solution more flexible than Microsoft Office365.

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