Virtual vs. In-House Servers

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a cloud computing solution that provides virtualized computing resources, such as servers, storage, power and more, via the Internet. Server virtualization has been a popular solution for IT. It provides efficiencies and capabilities that aren’t possible with a physical server setup. Scalability, the elimination of major hardware investments, location independence, and physical security are all benefits of IaaS.

If you’re eager to get into the virtualization game, here are some benefits of virtual vs. in-house servers, as well as an overview of our IaaS solution:

In-House vs. Virtual Servers

With in-house servers, infrastructure is located within a company, and that company is responsible for the management, maintenance, upgrades, refreshes, applications, and more. In-house servers give an organization physical control over their environment, but they add a lot more responsibility, costs, and vulnerabilities.

In-house servers require a sizable capital investment on all equipment and software, as well as the upgrades and refreshes. And after reaching server capacity, you have to purchase more hardware, which makes growth tough. Having in-house servers is also more vulnerable, leading to security breaches or irreversible harm from natural disasters. It would be essential to have an IT professional to continuously watch over in-house servers that are carrying sensitive company data. This takes away valuable time, not allowing IT to focus more of their talents on strategic business projects. Instead, they end up spending their time fixing bugs and updating resources.

When you move to a virtual server environment, your in-house responsibilities are shifted over to the cloud computing provider, like HTG. You’re relieved of the stress of managing the infrastructure. Virtual servers offer a scalable solution that can be modified according to your demands. Your in-house investment becomes negligible, and you’ll find you’re enjoying flexibility and agility due to on-demand capacity. Hardware, human resources, and energy savings are a few of the things to look forward to in the virtual world. With a virtual server solution offered by a reliable provider like HTG, you’ll also experience enterprise-grade security. With 24x7x365 reliable support, your IT team can focus on value-added tasks instead of fixing equipment.
Rather than purchasing servers, software, data center space and network equipment yourself, you have the ability to purchase those resources as a fully outsourced service – for example, with our IaaS solution.

Infrastructure as a Service

With HTG’s IaaS, the benefits are huge. IaaS eliminates capital expenses that are typically dedicated to equipment and maintenance by moving you to an Operating Expense (OpEx) model with virtual, enterprise-level servers. This saves a business a significant amount of money. There’s also no need to worry about managing your own servers, as HTG’s team takes care of that for you by installing, maintaining and ultimately managing all your infrastructure, including your applications and security. HTG has implemented leading firewalls to protect your critical files. With a full-scale, 24x7x365 monitoring team as an option, HTG’s IaaS solution offers a worry-free guarantee, a team that has your back, and market-leading technology to power your business.

Want to learn more about our Infrastructure as a Service offering? Visit our IaaS page, and reach out to us with questions or to get started today!

Data Security in the Cloud

One of the most common considerations about cloud solutions is their ability to secure critical data. Those who are still on the fence about implementing the cloud due to fear of data security can rest assured knowing that cloud solutions will actually improve security. 94% of businesses say they saw an improvement in security after implementing cloud solutions. While it’s clear that cloud security has improved in general, the specifics rely on the cloud provider that is chosen.

Let’s take a look at the great security benefits that cloud computing offers, as well as what RapidScale can offer.

Security Against All Odds

Cloud solutions remove your on-site physical equipment, making natural disasters and security breaches last year’s concerns. Making mistakes, overlooking, or even misplacing things are actions that are inevitable as humans. Imagine spilling coffee on your computer, losing it at an airport, or even dropping and breaking it. Having cloud solutions in place means these situations, while still unfortunate, are not detrimental. That’s because the data isn’t locally stored on the device itself. The virtual world secures data in a location where it cannot be physically harmed. By having infrastructure running out of data centers that a cloud provider owns and manages, businesses don’t fall captive to the integrity of their physical location. Data won’t be vulnerable on-site, and that’s a major perk of the cloud.

A huge misconception surrounding the cloud is that anyone can access the Internet, so anyone can access data stored in the cloud. This is not the case – if it was, the cloud wouldn’t be a huge force it is today. RapidScale has multiple layers of physical and network security in place that allow businesses to experience enterprise-grade security, regardless of their size. The cloud solutions include in-flight and at-rest encryption, strong firewalls, password protection, around-the-clock monitoring, exterior security systems and more. Full redundancy and multiple data center locations also eliminate the fear of ever losing your data. A business gains secure yet constant access to its critical data, no matter where users are, while outside eyes remain outside.

Our R.S. Tier 3 Class 1 data center facilities include full credential-limited access, keycard protocols, biometric scanning systems, exterior security systems, on-premises security guards, digital surveillance and recording, secured cages, around-the-clock monitoring, redundant HVAC systems, and much more. This cloud security is stronger than what you can provide for yourself, and that’s because RapidScale has the team and budget in place to make this happen. Don’t allow security stand in the way of taking advantage of cloud computing.

These security benefits are what make it possible to have a secure experience in the cloud. With the issue of cloud security out of the way, the cloud becomes much more difficult to ignore. The only thing to consider now is exactly how it can work for you. Reach out to us today to learn more!

Financial Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud solutions inherently provide countless benefits for businesses. They allow your company to focus on the most important objective: increasing profit.

Finding ways to cut down on costs is something all businesses look for. Well, look no further. Cloud computing offers numerous financial benefits to your business. It provides major savings, better IT services and higher levels of reliability and productivity. Cloud users are pointing to cost savings as a major cloud benefit, and most agree that cloud services have also helped them boost profits. Additionally, many organizations are reinvesting their savings back into the business to continue improving.

Here are some of the financial benefits of cloud computing:

Greater Cost Agility

Cloud computing scalability allows expenses to adjust as needed. If your demand for services goes up or down, so will your cloud costs. RapidScale’s cloud solutions allow you to pay as you go according to your business needs – that’s the cloud model. It offers you the opportunity to scale up or down in your time frame, based on your needs. Traditionally, organizations often overspend or underspend because they’re forced to predict their needs ahead of time. The cloud’s cost agility fixes this problem. Better yet, as you implement cloud, your employees are no longer chained to their desks. Their business information or applications can be accessed virtually on their own device! This can cut down the cost of businesses providing hardware for employees.

Amplified Productivity with Reduction of IT Management

Stop investing so much in IT management. When your IT team has to constantly maintain on-site servers, it wastes valuable time, focus, and yes, money! Productivity can be improved in the cloud environment, and this ultimately leads to profitability. The cloud frees up your IT team to focus on strategic business tasks and lowers maintenance costs for your business. Since the cloud resources are accessed virtually, a business receives management and maintenance benefits automatically because that’s all taken care of by RapidScale. More than half of businesses that have moved to the cloud said that it reduced the need of their IT team to maintain infrastructure, and this has given them more time to work on strategic tasks and innovation.

Decreased Hardware Costs

On-site hardware is in constant need of maintenance, replacement, and updates. With physical hardware also comes power, cooling and space costs. By moving to the cloud, you replace your on-site hardware with virtual cloud resources, which eliminates a lot of spending and time on your end and gives you access to the latest technology – not to mention that you also lower chances of being affected by disasters or failures that could affect your location. Infrastructure cost reduction is one of the top five benefits of cloud adoption for nearly 75% of IT professionals.

Operational Expenditure

Eliminating hardware and moving into the cloud lowers the need to administer, maintain and upgrade traditional technology, which moves you away from a capital expenditure model into an operational expenditure one. As we described above, the cloud uses a pay-as-you-go model, which is similar to how you’d pay for your water or electricity – your monthly costs are based on your needs. Moving to OpEx gives you the opportunity to free up cash that can be concentrated in other parts of your business.

Benefit from cloud computing by lowering costs, scaling as needed, and producing higher levels of productivity and profitability. Cloud computing is a proven innovative tool that saves businesses money today. 88% of cloud users point to cost savings as a cloud benefit, and with the right cloud solution, you can be among them too!