4th June 2019

The Cloud just isn’t for us…

Summary

Many misconceptions about the Cloud, and its place in business, are based on poor advice or poor implementation in the past. As the adage goes; “once bitten, twice shy”!

A Client recently approached us for help and after a long chat it was clear to see why…

Greg Nott Head of Managed Services

Many misconceptions about the Cloud, and its place in business, are based on poor advice or poor implementation in the past. As the adage goes; “once bitten, twice shy”!

A Client recently approached us for help and after a long chat it was clear to see why…

Last Summer the Client took the decision, on the back of conversations with their IT provider, to move their IT network into the Cloud. They expected to be able to reap all the benefits of the Cloud that they had heard of… access from anywhere, enhanced performance, easier management. They were also expecting monthly costs in the region of £5k.

The reality? Increasingly poor performance, intolerable lag when trying to connect to their network and a monthly bill that had reached over £10k when they spoke to us. Worse still, to account for the poor performance the only option their provider could offer was to increase the specification on their Cloud servers, with a further increase of £4k per month! This solution is on a par with taking a very large (and expensive) hammer to make the square peg fit the round hole.

You may well be thinking that this is typical of the Cloud as so many people do. However, the actual problem here was the lack of advice from the IT provider. Instead of providing a quality consultation to ensure that they were matching current and future needs to the right Cloud products they opted for a ‘lift-and-shift’ of the original servers (20+ of them) into the Cloud environment…

Issue 1: 15 of these servers were used for hosting remote desktops for 200 users. Essentially hosting 200 virtual PC’s, running some heavy applications, across variable connection speeds dependent upon the user’s locations. Most of these users already had quality, well specified laptops so why not use this processing power?

The solution: Switch all users back to using their laptop or PC processing power, connecting just to the resource they need such as files, databases and emails in the Cloud. Get rid of 15 servers altogether.

Issue 2: 4 of the servers were given over to databases and replica’s, all mirroring the same high specification. Cloud providers offer flexible tools for just these scenarios so there is no need to be paying for 4 high spec servers 100% of the time.

The solution: Migrate the databases to a dedicated Cloud Database service where back-up and replication is taken care of in a much more efficient and cost-effective way. Get rid of 4 servers.

Issue 3: Several more servers were given over to file storage and replication. The Client was already utilising Office 365 and had already made progress towards using SharePoint online for their file storage. This is already being paid for so why have both?

The solution: Migrate all relevant file storage to SharePoint. Get rid of 3 servers altogether.

It took approximately 2 hours on a phone call to identify these 3, substantial solutions that, if enacted in the first place, would have given the Client the benefits of using the Cloud with a much lower monthly bill than first anticipated.

Admittedly it would have taken a little longer to implement this strategy, but it would have saved the Client time and thousands of pounds in the long run.

Ultimately Cloud will be the default IT position for us all but there is no need to wait for be pushed into it. The right advice from the right provider can allow you to see the benefits now.

To understand more please call us on 01244 305100.

Related Articles

25Jul

2019 marks the 20th year of Wi-Fi

+

4Jul

The Evolution of Mobile Tech

+

20Jun

The evolution of mobile generations: everything you need to know about 5G

+