Cloud Computing Guide for Finance Directors

The world of IT and communications is changing fast. It's changing at the very time the average business is trying to do more with less.

Next-generation Cloud technology can save 50% of your IT budget and deliver operational efficiencies that legacy IT simply cannot compete with. But beware the low cost airline syndrome: an attention grabbing low price, deceptive hidden charges and a service promise that amounts to God help you if something goes wrong.

1. Potential 50% IT spend reduction across savings journey

Redcentric's business-grade Cloud provides access to a number of hosted IT services, from voice solutions such as SIP trunking and Cloud telephony, to data solutions such as managed data backup and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). When taking the full spectrum of our services, our customers see, on average, a 50% reduction in their IT spend across the length of their contract, also benefitting from efficiency and resilience along the way.

2. Increase resilience and reduce risk

Our £100m investment in an enterprise-grade infrastructure brings with it a number of business benefits. Resilience comes as standard with all of our solutions; we own our infrastructure end-to-end and our data centres are state-of-the-art, from the way we run them to the technology behind them. This level of resilience means that our customers can count on a risk-free IT service, backed by robust SLAs and 24/7/365 support.

3. Significant reduction in capex

When considering an IT overhaul, it is hard to imagine how a complete renovation of legacy equipment can bring cost savings. With Redcentric, it is simple: we've invested in our infrastructure so that you don't have to. Our solutions involve little upfront investment and a switch to predictable, per-user operating costs. Our Cloud telephony services alone typically involve a 90% reduction in capital outlay when compared to a on-premise solutions across multiple sites.

4. Budget predictability

The per-user charges for our services are inclusive of maintenance and management, removing the unpredictable upgrade and repair schedules often encountered when hosting your own equipment on-site. This transparent model also results in a better ability to plan ahead; knowing exactly what you are spending, and when, allows for much more efficient budget management.

5. Reduce power costs and environmental impact

Moving servers and IT systems off-site also removes the associated power and cooling requirements, and the substantial costs they generate. A cloud-based telephony system typically requires 40% less power than a site-based one, reducing your on-site carbon footprint as well as your IT spend.

6. Maximise IT staff resource

With our SLAs and fully-managed service, IT staff do not have to worry about the day-to-day availability of IT systems, and can instead concentrate on business development. A managed service provider effectively offers your staff more hours in the day, and this enhanced productivity can generate significant cost savings.

7. Reduce physical server requirement by 90%

For every 10 physical servers currently in operation, Redcentric estimates that you will require just one server with our IaaS solution, meaning a significant reduction in your monthly operating costs. Virtual servers are also much easier to provision than physical servers on-site, meaning improved scalability and support for future business opportunities.

8. 70% reduction in telephony bill with SIP trunking

SIP trunking removes the need for expensive line rental, by connecting your phone system to the public network via your existing data connection. Calls between offices are free, and with competitive tariffs for external calls, customers typically experience savings of up to 70%, and are able to direct this excess capital into business growth and development.

9. Management simplicity

We've already discussed the unpredictable nature of the costs associated with a DIY approach, but moving to a hosted solution does not just simplify spend. IT staff must consider factors including licensing, maintenance, security, power, cooling, connectivity, depreciation and staffing resources, in order to operate an in-house data centre to the level necessary to enhance business operations. When using a managed service provider, this headache is removed, with vital IT staff able to spend more time on value-adding tasks and less time on management of infrastructure.

10. Future-proofed solutions

Our solutions are scalable; we have the ability to add or remove storage space and telephone lines as and when required, meaning we support your future growth trajectory. And as we maintain the infrastructure with a rolling investment programme, you needn't worry that your IT equipment will become obsolete.