The world of technology as it relates to business is currently in the throes of transformation.
Businesses are in a position where they need to be able to leverage the “latest and greatest” in terms of hardware and software to maintain a competitive advantage, but are also balking at the upfront investment normally required at the same time.
In the last few years, a paradigm shift has already taken place in terms of software: instead of purchasing expensive licenses, applications have switched to a subscription-based model to help cut costs and improve efficiency across the board.
What many people don’t realize is that hardware is next. If you think your business is in need of a hardware refresh, you’ll definitely want to think twice before spending any money for a number of important reasons.
“The Old Model”
The old model of business-grade hardware is one that may have “worked” for years, but it absolutely didn’t work very well. If you needed a particular piece of equipment, you had one path to take. You would buy it and become the owner, you would live with that hardware and use it until it reaches obsolescence and then essentially pay to re-buy a newer version of the exact same thing at a massive one-time expense.
As a participant in this old model, you’ve probably justified it to yourself time and again by saying “well, I’m spending a lot of money, but at least I’m getting X, Y and Z benefits.” And while that may be true, the fact that you have to “spend a lot of money” has nothing to do with it – you simply are because that’s what the old model required.
A Bright New Future
Thanks to the power of the cloud, hardware can also embrace the subscription-based model that has served software users so well over the last few years. Instead of paying for a particular piece of hardware, you’re paying a subscription for infrastructure. Hardware, software and more is all working together for one low price.
Cloud-based services like this provide a much more stable platform over time by their very nature. Not only do you get better stability, but you also get better control over your backups. Instead of storing backups on physical hard drives in your business, you can easily store anything at an off-site, secure location – preventing loss from things like equipment failure, theft, fire and more.
Technology is also naturally less vulnerable in the cloud, as everything is being served up in an “on-demand” capacity. This gives way to maybe the most important benefit of all: you get exactly what you need, not more, not less. You’re not paying a set price for a piece of equipment you’re only using 70% of – you’re paying for precisely the resources you’re using and not a penny more. Not only do you have access to all the technology you need, but you’re saving money at the same time.
The next time you think that your organization needs a hardware refresh, stop and remember that there is a better way. Much like that server or storage array that you were going to replace, cloud services have made the very concept of the hardware refresh obsolete. Not only can you leverage the power of modern technology to your advantage in a way more meaningful than ever before, but you can also save money at the same time.
- The “old model” of buying hardware, living with it and then re-buying it for a huge premium is officially over.
- Subscription, cloud-based models allow you to pay a single subscription for infrastructure and hardware, allowing everything to work together to help you accomplish your business objectives.