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Entrance Founder Nate Richards talking about the benefits the cloud can provide to you and what keeps people from adopting the cloud. Transcript:

The cloud itself allows companies to rapidly deploy new technologies inside the company.

It used to be that companies had to go and buy servers, which means they had to figure out the hardware, figure out the connectivity, figure out the backup, figure out the power, figure out the cooling, all the things that go into owning and for the full life cycle of that physical server.  All of that adds cost, it adds time, it adds risk to the actual act of introducing new technology to a business. 

With the cloud we are able to introduce this new technology overnight. We can turn on and off machines. We can cycle big powerful server loads down at night or even turn them off to save costs and turn them back on before employees come to work. We can turn them off on the weekends. These are the things we are able to do by using the cloud.

The problem with the cloud though, it’s no longer a security concern. Many people feel that the reason businesses are afraid of the cloud is because of security and we can certainly read about security breaches in the paper, or the digital equivalent of that, on blogs today, and we know that servers are often times subject to being hacked.

But the funny thing is usually those hacks are happening with physical servers in people’s environment. Because, in the cloud world, cloud providers would be out of business overnight if they were to get hacked, just one time. And they know a lot more about keeping servers and keeping data secure than usually private business enterprises do.

So then the limit of businesses getting to the cloud is not their fear of security issues, but increasingly it’s a tie to legacy applications that were not written for the cloud first, mobile first world. But instead, are tailored to be run on servers running inside that company’s network infrastructure.

Businesses usually get stuck there because they don’t know how to make the leap in to the cloud. Can some of those applications come forward with them on this transition? When a vendor says something is cloud ready or cloud friendly, what do they really mean by that? Sorting out these claims from reality often times is hard for our clients and that’s usually where we get brought in, to help them take these steps from the paper world, from the physical world, from the server world into the digital, mobile, cloud world where we can introduce change into the business overnight.


Nate Richards
Nate has over 18 years of software engineering and consulting experience. He founded Entrance in 2003. Nate is the past President of the Board of LifeHouse Houston, a Christ-centered maternity home ministry, and is past Executive committee member and Treasurer of Houston Achievement Place, a foster care and social skills training non-profit organization.
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