The Admin Corner: Should you fear the “cloud”?
In short… YES! Does that mean you should avoid moving your services, platform and/or infrastructure to the cloud if it benefits you overall? Absolutely not. There is a need for balanced thinking combined with careful research and reading with regard to the vendors you choose to host your data or services.
ClipTraining is a proud user of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) of hosted services and we have found it to be excellent. The support has been solid and the services are easy to use and eliminate the stress of worrying about our communication and collaboration solutions so that we can stay focused on more important things… like our business. We’re excited about the move to the new Office 365 replacement for BPOS as well because we know that it brings with it Exchange 2010 SP1 (BPOS is still using Exchange 2007) and SharePoint 2010 (BPOS is on 2007 as well).
However, ClipTraining’s J. Peter Bruzzese explains in his column with InfoWorld today that there is a need to take things slow. Know your options, read your Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and investigate your vendor before you leap into the clouds. You can read more about it here: http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/the-case-slowing-your-move-the-cloud-284