File servers are one of the most important parts of an office’s IT infrastructure. They are critical for facilitating access to a central file repository. That’s why they are so popular in the small business world.
But file servers create as many problems as they solve. Chief among them is cost: not only is the hardware expensive to purchase, maintain and upgrade, but a file server costs a fortune to run. According to ZDNet, a typical file server drains over $700 worth of electricity every single year.
In the past, people accepted the shortcomings of file servers because there was no alternative. But the cloud has changed all that. Here are five reasons why on-premises file servers hinder small businesses more than they help, and why you should consider business-grade options.