May 2013 – Interns, Facebook, Cloud

Help Wanted – Network Innovations is looking for a responsible, mature high school or college student to help at our office over the summer.  An applicant should be pretty computer savvy and have access to a car – interested candidates can email me at for more information.

Have you considered hiring someone like this in your business?  For one thing, employing a teenager and providing job experience is great for the community as a whole, but selfishly I’ve found it’s great for our company too.  Our employees really enjoy the chance to mentor a young person, and that change of mindset can be a great catalyst for growth.  Also, some of these kids are just phenomenal!  It’s also a great way to get some of those things done that just never seem to make it to the top of the to-do list. I highly recommend you give it a try – if you have any questions about how we do it, give me a call!

This month I’ll continue my “cloud” discussion.  Probably the biggest issue we have to address is what does cloud computing really mean?  What people generally mean when they use this term is using data or an application from shared servers outside your control versus local servers that you own.

Facebook is a great example of cloud computing – you access the application across the Internet, you have no ownership or control over the servers, you aren’t responsible for outages and you didn’t have to purchase the equipment.  Applications like Facebook, however, have spread the misconception that cloud computing is free or less expensive than local servers.  In fact, for business use, cloud computing is typically more expensive than local servers if you look at the cost over 2+ years.   PROs for cloud computing include low to no responsibility for supporting and maintaining the system, easier remote or “anywhere, any device” access, and lower capital expenses.  CONs  include no control of and in many cases no visibility into the infrastructure used, dependence on reliable Internet connections, and less flexibility due to utilizing a platform shared by many users.  In most cases today, it’s not feasible to pursue a 100% cloud strategy, however you may have many applications or services where the PROs outweigh the CONS.

It’s important to be very thorough in evaluating the benefits, risks and costs of transitioning an application to cloud computing, so you understand how it will impact your business over the next 2-5 years.  Then, it’s even more important to evaluate the potential cloud partners to ensure you are choosing a stable, redundant, financially viable partner to entrust with your data.  Give us a call and we can help with this!

Now that you have a baseline understanding of cloud computing, next month I’ll try to confuse things by discussing Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud!  Never fear, we are here to help with  your specific environment anytime!