As the Olympics come to a close in Sochi, we decided to see how RapidScale would stack up in its own elements. Here are some events in which RapidScale’s cloud would certainly take the gold.
Virtualization Ski Jumping
We’ll start it off with virtualization. This means that the entire server, including the operating system, applications, patches and data, is encapsulated into a single software bundle or “virtual server.” When you decide to move to the cloud, your data is the most sensitive and important thing. We understand that. RapidScale treats your infrastructure like it is CIA top-secret information, meaning there won’t be any unwanted visitors on your cloud. To keep you protected, we offer the highest quality security, routers, switches and monitoring paired with the most secure data centers in the country. We make sure your cloud remains YOUR cloud.
Disaster Recovery Biathlon
Then comes Disaster Recovery, which is vital in having a successful business. Having a service that is able to recover your confidential information in the event of a disaster is a must. Why would you want to wait until something happens to your business before securing your information? That is comparable to not locking your car until after it has been burglarized. There is an increasing dependence on IT technology for production, operation and communication. In the event of a disaster, whether that disaster is a hurricane or simply a human-error power outage, it is extremely essential for a business to have an effective, quick recovery time to restore computer data and functioning infrastructure. Any delays in this precious recovery process could lead to outrageous costs for companies, sometimes even forcing a company out of business. Quick recovery time is essential – “93 percent of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster.” Don’t let this happen to you. Cloud computing technology comes to the rescue with DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service). RapidScale’s DRaaS comes in the form of CloudRecovery, which backs up a company’s data and infrastructure securely in remote, mirrored data centers. These centers have failover servers, meaning if one server fails for whatever reason, another one connected to it immediately takes over, executing speedy recovery from the disaster.
Next we have cost. How can any of this be affordable? What are the added expenses? If you’re asking yourself any of those questions, rest assured that RapidScale does include hidden fees or catches with our services. With a monthly set quote, that price will not change unless you decide to include other services into your plan. Other than that, our costs for our services are transparent. What you see is what you get.
CapEx vs. OpEx Speed Skating
And what about capital and operating expenditures? Capital expenditures are expenses sustained to create future benefits. For example, the acquisition of assets that will have a useful life beyond the tax year, such as building, machinery, equipment or upgrading existing facilities, will increase their value as an asset. Those expenditures required for the day-to-day functioning of the business, like wages, utilities, maintenance and repairs, fall under the category of OpEx, which is operational expenditure. You can reduce these upfront capital expenditures on hardware and ongoing operating expenses on maintenance with RapidScale’s cloud solutions. We take care of purchasing, storing and maintaining the infrastructure you use, eliminating those tasks on your end.
BYOD – Bring Your Own DownhillBobsled
And finally, we have BYOD. Bring Your Own Device is the best solution for companies. Tablets and smartphones are becoming increasingly important, so why not be able to use them for work too? Not only does this help eliminate costs, but also it is convenient to be able to work on tasks on the go and with ease. You can easily access your information on the mobile computing device of your choice. “83 percent of users considered their mobile device more important than their morning cup of coffee. Allowing employees to use personal devices also helps them avoid carrying multiple devices.” With the ongoing competitiveness that occurs in today’s business world, to have the quickest and most up-to-date information on the spot is a huge benefit to your company. Even with the use of personal devices, your company data resides in a secure data center where it remains safe even if something happens to employee devices. With our solutions, your users can be controlled in a simple admin panel that gives you the ability to secure and manage your users. If for some reason your device ends up in the wrong hands, you can wipe the information and maintain control of your data. We also offer government-grade encryption for your virtual desktop, keeping your confidential data safe behind protected walls. By 2017, half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work, so why wait? Get on board now and begin to improve your business with BYOD.
It’s not hard to see why cloud computing is a winner in every category. The cloud saves you loads of money, keeps you secure and offers mobility and flexibility that wasn’t possible before. RapidScale’s next generation cloud computing solutions will win gold every time, and you can too. With industry-leading solutions on your side, you will always remain ahead of your competition.
*None of the above events are real events, nor are they actually part of any type of Cloud Computing Olympiad.