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How can cloud computing keep costs down for your small business

by Sanjay Mittal on April 25th 2014

Cloud computing has become popular for a number of reasons over the past few years, so it is no wonder that so many businesses wish to take advantage of all that it has to offer. A cursory look at some cloud computing technology on the Internet may, however, lead to financial concern for business owners. Is cloud computing too expensive for my small business? What if I do not know how much I need to use cloud computing yet? Server Consultancy is here to help. This blog outlines some hints and tips for keeping costs down:

Rent Your Cloud Services

If you are concerned about the set up costs of your own cloud computing network, you may have considered renting cloud services. Renting, however, may result in concerns about committing to long term contracts. Some bigger businesses can afford to spend money on these contracts because their computing needs point to long term use of the Cloud, but if you are not in that position, rolling or even hourly contracts could bring costs down. Hourly service contracts are excellent if you only need to use Cloud services for tasks like server backups or file storage, as you never pay for more than you need.

Know the ‘hidden’ costs in advance of set-up

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some cloud computing providers to sell you a cloud set-up that sounds cost-effective, only for you to find out later that there were hidden costs. Knowing the most common hidden costs in advance can help to avoid this. Crashes are rare with the Cloud, but not completely out of the question so make sure recovery is already paid for. Staffing costs can also mount up if you do not have a technical support plan in place. Finally, consider the cost of losing customers if you experience set-up problems or downtime.

Getting help

We at Server Consultancy are a specialist IT support team that has helped many companies set up their own cloud computing networks or find out the best options for rental. We will ensure you get a reliable service and know the costs in advance so there are no nasty surprises later. To find out more, get in touch with us online.

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