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Migrating to the cloud will alleviate server management problems

A new report by a cloud provider found that many U.S. and U.K. businesses are having trouble maintaining on-site servers because they haven't outsourced to the cloud. In fact, IT departments spend more than half of their time troubleshooting and monitoring the performance of these premise-based systems.

The most common problems these companies experience are derived from mismanagement. According to the study, 59 percent of U.K. companies and 67 percent of U.S. businesses said they either purchased too many servers, which resulted in unnecessary spending, or too few servers, which has been causing capacity issues.

"Problems associated with having to manage and maintain servers are often readily solved by cloud and managed hosting services. In 2009, one-third of businesses surveyed expected to outsource their in-house servers in the next two to five years," expert Fabio Torlini said. "However, over two years later, the new study suggests that many mid-sized businesses are still chained to their servers and may be spending unnecessary time and money on them."

By using the cloud, organizations no longer have to worry about data storage, since virtual environments can expand and contract to meet volume needs. Additionally, cloud server hosting is managed by a third party, allowing IT teams to focus on more mission-critical jobs.

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