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Businesses Seek Cloud-ready Office Locations

July 21, 2014
By Casey Houser
Contributing Writer

Cloud provision is not only changing how businesses provide and receive services, it is also changing where businesses decide to provide their services by influencing how they choose office locations.

It used to be that office locations needed to be Internet-ready -- have a physical infrastructure capable of allowing businesses to connect to the Internet. Now things are becoming more finely grained because facility managers and executive teams want locations to be cloud-ready.

The distinction between the two is somewhat subtle. According to Today's Facility Manager, a cloud-ready building may already have one or more providers directly connected to the building with high-speed fiber, or providers may be able to have the building connected to a fiber ring in a matter of days, or weeks. Regarding proximity to a fiber network, the first option is considered on-net, and the latter is considered near-net.

Businesses can take advantage of this high-speed connectivity by accessing services that those providers in question may already make available; this can include data storage, security, and even backup and recovery. Not only can these services make business operations easier and more efficient, they can help businesses save money in a number of ways.

TFM points out that capital and utility costs are among the most immediate savings. In order for a business to create its own data storage units, for instance, it would need to construct or rent a building that houses several servers it had to purchase itself. It would need to air condition and heat the building in different seasons and spend money running and cooling the servers, repairing them when they break down, and replacing them when they become obsolete. The startup and maintenance costs behind that entire operation would be huge.

Outside entities that specialize in cloud service provision would be able to purchase the servers, maintain them, and provide the building space and personnel to keep operations running indefinitely. And because the service providers offer services to numerous entities, the individual costs for any one business is less because the capital required to maintain the cloud operations is spread out.

Businesses that utilize service providers and make sure their locations are cloud-ready are helping their businesses in the present and future. If they choose proper providers, they will benefit from lower costs, increased efficiency and up-time, increased security, and a peace of mind that will let them focus on their home base, rather than worry about server maintenance and the like.

Edited by Adam Brandt

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