BDR: An Alternative to Moving IT to Cloud?
Managed services providers (MSPs) looking for less expensive ways than moving IT to the cloud may want to start looking at data backup and disaster recovery (BDR) as an alternative.
Clients First CTO Mark Chinsky spoke with us briefly on how BDR could be a viable alternative to moving IT to the cloud for MSPs.
“When you analyze the cost of moving a company’s infrastructure to the cloud, unless they go completely virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), move all servers, and have very simple LAN or WAN printing requirements on-premise, they usually can’t eliminate a lot of on-site support expenses,” he said, adding that businesses need some type of Internet failover redundancy to avoid an Internet outage.
“Internet outages are far more common than critical server failures,” Chinsky said.
He said that if one were were to add together the above, plus the costs of hosting providers, which includes support for file backup and image backup, the price of cloud often exceeds the cost of keeping it on-premise.
“Many companies consider the cloud as a way to avoid crippling downtime,” he said. “Especially those who suffered through Hurricane Sandy. The majority don’t realize, they can essentially rent a ‘timeshare’ in the cloud. This method for business continuity is usually less expensive than moving everything to the cloud.”
Chinsky said choosing this option depends on the MSP. Of course things are a little different if an MSP has a financial incentive to move customers to the cloud, he said.
“When you give objective guidance, the client and I can easily run the numbers, without the industry hype that all IT problems and integration problems simply go away because your server is moved to a data center (in a virtual sense),” Chinsky said.
Interestingly enough, Chinsky suggested that MSPs fear being called “herectics” for speaking out against the cloud. “I think many feel if they argue against the cloud, it’s like arguing against Windows adoption back in the 90s,” he said.
Chinsky defended his argument by pointing to the failure of software as a service (SaaS) solutions. “Plus, most pure play SaaS solutions have never made money,” he said. “You upload your data, your pictures, your videos to the latest great “free” or inexpensive cloud service, only to get an email months later that they are shutting down in two weeks and get your data or lose it.”
Chinsky spoke with us back in July 2013 to discuss three BDR trends that MSPs should be paying close attention to for the rest of this year.