From the Data Center to Cloud-Based Services

From the Data Center to Cloud-Based Services

Rodrigo Hernández – April 27, 2015

Since cloud-based services are becoming more known, it is important to understand if it is just a trending technology, or if it really benefits people and organisations. The implications of using cloud services require analysis and should be considered in nowadays competitive environment.


For organisations, it is important to evaluate the cost involved in owning a data center. The investment could be divided into three elements: design, implementation, and operation of the data center. As starting point, the cost has to be analysed to determine the benefit of using cloud services.

Design costs could be the payment of experts who will be in charge of making plans, selecting equipment, and configuring the data center servers. In the second stage, the costs involved have to do with the implementation, such as the acquisition of racks, wiring, electrical infrastructure, fire suppression systems, security systems, power redundancy, switchboards, power backup systems or UPS, server applications, back-up systems, etc. The costs of maintenance, management, and power supply should be covered when the data center is operating.

Cloud services show a great benefit regarding to costs. In the first place, there’s an important saving for the infrastructure compared to the investment required for a data center; you have the possibility of paying per used hour in renting schemes. There are also savings in costs of installation and operating personnel, as well as benefits like the immediate implementation of solutions. The scalability of services according to the growth of the organisation, integration of solutions, applications updates, and configuration of the service according to its use are just some of reasons why people and organisations benefit from this technology.

After analysing the costs and the benefits, it is important to mention that the cloud-based services stop being a trend to become a strategy for organisation to operate. They allow organisations to focus on innovation, be more productive and competitive, and increase the availability of their services 24x7x365. Moreover, you may benefit from the possibility of working in different locations, allowing your company to deal effectively with business. Now, your IT Department will be able to focus on adding value to the organisation, leaving behind the time wasted in the technology platform management.