Moving To The Cloud Can Save You Millions

Ask yourself a question: How has technology changed your role? Your industry?

Technology is changing the way people work. The ball and chain that once restricted employees to an office and a desk is gone.

Whether you are a founding partner or an employee with a vested interest, then LISTEN UP!

I’m witnessing a new trend in the market and it’s growing fast. Companies are figuring out how to modernize their data infrastructure. By doing so they are delivering a HUGE savings over time.

I see this picking up steam in organizations with:

  • A large… even global… footprint
  • Decades of legacy infrastructure
  • Users in the 10’s and 100’s of thousands (*Cost savings scale)

I wake everyday with a desire to help my clients improve their business.

Can you benefit from a trusted technology adviser for your business?

Together, I will help you execute a business continuity plan that makes your business more nimble, more productive, and more efficient. Using the steps below I have helped business save millions of dollars per year.

Let’s walk through how it’s done.

Step 1: Perform a file system assessment of your NAS infrastructure

Nearly every assessment I’ve seen looks almost identical to this… so as a rule of thumb consider yours to be 33/33/33 as well.

Step 2: Calculate your cost per GB

Step 3: Find a low cost storage repository

Home directories and networks shares are typically scored as LOW security so you can find many repositories to host them: AWS, Azure, etc.

If there are security, compliance, or data residency concerns… that’s easy to navigate… but it’s also a long conversation.

If you’re at the Petabyte level… consider building a private repository which delivers cloud economics. I find this to be a growing market space in the Enterprise space. One large client decided to build a private cloud storage repository which brought their cost per GB down from $1/GB to .10/GB.

Step 4: Prioritize your NAS footprint

By doing this you will identify the low hanging fruit — the easiest and quickest type of data you can move. We call this your “quick hit ROI”.

We find that home directory and desktop data is by far the easiest to move. Once that’s moved… go after your team/network shares.

Based on this model… that means 66% of your data is off your expensive NAS infrastructure. The cost savings start to add up.

Step 5: Migrate your data

There are a few ways to do this. Some clients prefer to use the DIY approach. This requires quite a bit of time, development, and actual “work” but they CAN successfully move this data using provisioning and migration API’s.

There is another method that works great and requires the use of special software. We found this requires little to no coding. It even keeps your permissions intact. This is especially effective and fast for moving home directories, team shares, SharePoint, and even non-sanctioned cloud accounts… i.e. Dropbox accounts!


SMB, mid-market and enterprise customers can all learn from this cost structure around home directories and network shares and can see monthly savings.

I’m watching clients follow this methodology leading to HUGE cost takeouts across Mid-Market and Enterprise clients. I want to help you leverage technology to better service your customers and grow your bottom line!

When you have technology questions, who do you call?

If you need a second opinion or have questions, I’d love to connect.


Michael Spence has worked on the carrier side of the broadband cable industry as an account executive, sales manager, corporate trainer, performance coach, and technical trainer. Michael credits his industry knowledge to the hundreds of brilliant engineers and network innovators he has been privileged to learn from.

  • Ethernet network design and management
  • RFP and Vendor management
  • Network hardware life-cycle management
  • Data Center and colocation consulting
  • IP Phone Service — SIP, VOIP
  • Telecom audits

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