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Businesses have two options today when it comes to their Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure:

1. Do it in-house: Continue to pay for IT in advance or lease it, design, procure, plan, install, host and manage your own IT infrastructure (hardware & software) at your corporate office and hire internal IT employees to manage it. You would also have to build an in-house computer room/data center with expensive power and cooling.

2. Leverage the CLOUD: Avoid all this hassle and pay for it as a fixed price monthly service in the CLOUD in a state-of-the-art data center.

As a business owner, I used to always have nightmares about losing our computer room to a fire. So back in 2000 we decided to put all our servers and storage in an offsite data center.

In March 2011 we moved to a new office; we only needed to move furniture.

Recently one of our customers lost their data center because a power outage caused water condensation from the AC units to drip on the computer room and damaged all their equipment.

In September 2011, when the power outage in San Diego happened we lost power at 3:45 p.m. I was in the middle of an email. We got power at 10:30 p.m. When I logged in, I went right back to my email. We did not lose anything.

Why should you go to the cloud and pay for your IT on a monthly fixed price investment?

1. If you buy IT yourself then you are stuck with it whether you use it or not.

2. If you buy IT yourself you will still need to hire a company to install it for you.

3. If you buy IT yourself you will need to hire a full time IT team to maintain and manage it on a daily basis, and you will be held hostage to the limited talent of few people who often get bored with working in one environment and end up leaving, which puts you in the constant vicious cycle of having to replace IT people when you are not in the IT business.

4. If you buy IT yourself you will need to invest a lot of money in building a computer room/data center in your building and invest in a lot of cooling and power equipment. What if you don't even own the building?

5. If you host IT yourself and you need to move, you will end up spending a lot of money moving the IT equipment

Going to the cloud can be risky so finding a quality provider is critical. GTCCloud offers a menu of quality cloud options that can be acquired with a month-to-month lease payment instead of the typical annual contracts. For more information go to GTCcloud.com/theDT and see how your local cloud provider could help your business leverage the cloud, or contact me directly at keith@gtcsystems.com.

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Submitted by Keith Michael Esshaki, CEO of GTC Systems Inc.

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