Yes, even Moms get the cloud now. Here’s a top seven list of things your Momma might say about the cloud to you … because we all understand that Mom knows best, and if Momma isn’t happy then nobody’s happy.

1. God gave you a brain, use it.

Okay, so you do. But if you just can’t get your head around the cloud, delegate this task to someone who does get it. Remember what your coach said, there is no “I” in team.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Should you buy servers and house your information yourself, or should you put it in the cloud?

Up until about 5 years ago, our only real option was to purchase equipment. Then there’s the expense of paying for systems to be built from the ground up. Then, you had to find someone qualified to provide ongoing equipment and software maintenance. Cloud solutions help your bottom line by providing a stable monthly budget – and if the solution is planned well overages are minimal. Maintenance and updates are already included.

When you go to the cloud, do have a plan for times when you can’t access the Internet or the cloud solution gets hacked. How frequently will your cloud solution back up?

The alternative to all cloud or all purchase is to have a hybrid solution, with data that must be held in your control and less critical applications operating in the cloud. There are several considerations to think through. If you try to do this yourself Mom would say “Watch what you are doing, or you might get hurt.”

3. Live within your means.

If you’re considering purchasing servers, I can already hear your Mom – “Are you made of money?” Instead, consider the cloud. The wonderful thing about the cloud is that it becomes an ongoing, recurring expense that is easily budgeted. Cloud hosting solutions like Amazon Web Services now allow you to only pay for what you need when you need it.

4. Money doesn’t grow on trees.

Speaking of money, cloud hosting is a great opportunity for new businesses and new ideas. There’s a low cost of entry, and the cloud lets you scale up quickly as you grow. There’s no waiting for equipment – just work with a knowledgeable technical architecture consultant to understand your business and its technical needs, get you a price and get set up. This kind of scalable pricing makes a big difference when you want to try a new idea. You’ll incur far less risk with cheap cloud hosting that’s easy to purchase and easy to leave.

5. Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.

Heavily regulated industries like healthcare, insurance and banking often have rigorous data retention and auditing requirements. Do you know who is accessing your data? Can your IT department keep up with a fire hose of notifications? Low-cost storage and automated issue management help your It folks and lawyers sleep at night.

6. There are plenty of fish in the sea.

Don’t be held captive by the thought of changing your hosting provider. There are many opportunities out there. Keep your eyes open and look for opportunities to improve your expenses and your speed. The cloud can help you use current technology and delegate the details to an expert.

7. I don’t care what “everyone” is doing. I care what YOU are doing!

Don’t let your friends convince you that just because you backup your data, that this constitutes a real disaster recovery plan. Cheaper is not always better, even though cloud hosting is becoming a commodity product. Data backups are not disaster recovery — true disaster recovery allows your entire infrastructure to be restored and available in a matter of minutes! The cloud makes this possible and easy.

Now, go thank your mother for all she has done for you and spend the day spoiling her. Because, as a mom myself, one day you will thank me for this article. And it just might be tomorrow.

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