Guest Column | May 22, 2014

5 Ways Cloud Services Are Forcing Your Business To Change

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Cloud Services Changing MSP Model

By Douglas R. Grabowski, Jr., managing partner of Grabowski Group, Inc., ASCII Group Member Since 2010

Clouds! Public! Private! Hybrid! Buzzwords ... and more buzzwords! Let’s face it, cloud computing has arrived, and is not going anywhere. Sure, we had the same technologies “back in the day” (think: mainframes, where access was remote and not on-premise, and secure) and today, everyone professes to have a “cloud” solution.

It's been this way for years. One of the best-known “cloud” apps: email! How many of you have a Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, or gmail account? You never see the server it’s sitting on, you never touch the datacenter — you just know it’s there. And you get it for free. And you expect it to be up 24/7. Don’t you? 

But you’re not building hundreds if not thousands of servers and hundreds of data centers globally to spread risk and increase redundancy. Let the large players incur that cost for you. 

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