You have probably heard about the cloud. For those of you who don’t know what the cloud is, it is the storing and accessing of data or software programs, by means of the Internet, from a network of servers that are housed in a different location or locations than your local PC or company servers. There are many reasons why companies may choose to move to the cloud. Below are seven reasons why moving to the cloud may be right for your business.
Aging IT Infrastructure: Aging infrastructure brings a lot of hidden costs and results in performance degradation, rising maintenance costs, and energy inefficiencies. Moving applications, infrastructure, or platforms to a cloud model removes the dependence on local infrastructure and can create enormous savings in your data center.
Dynamic scale: With traditional IT, you have to predict your capacity needs well in advance. The cloud model allows you to scale up or down your deployment on demand.
Convert capex to opex: Traditional IT costs typically are a capex model, where you must spend money upfront on the infrastructure for any new technology. Many businesses can’t afford these large capital investments. Not so with the cloud, where there’s no infrastructure or equipment cost, and for this reason, many businesses find that cloud computing eases cashflow. Since you pay per-month for each user, you can run your software out of operational budgets, rather than incurring a capital expenditure.
You have a mobile workforce: If your team travels a lot or they work from their home, the cloud offers an ideal secure solution for working outside of the traditional work space. All the user will need is internet access to tap into their applications.
Easier collaboration: Many businesses rely on e-mail and local file servers for collaboration. It can be time consuming and confusing to manage this type of workflow. Using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based tools can help solve these headaches. Tools like OneDrive for Business and SharePoint allow users to co-author a document in real time.
Offsite Backups and DR: When it comes to protecting your data, many customers struggle with maintaining a proper DR site. It can be costly and time-consuming to get backups to a physical off-site location. You can save time and money by leveraging the cloud for your off-site backups, limiting extra equipment costs and maintenance. Also, the cloud can be an on-demand recovery site, allowing prompt access to your servers in the event of a disaster.
It’s the future: Whether we like it or not, and whether you want to or not, your business will be moving to the cloud. Many businesses have already started the move to the cloud with their e-mail systems. Office 365 was one of Microsoft’s first cloud offerings. With Microsoft Azure, we can now move almost all IT workloads to the cloud.
There are many benefits to moving to the cloud, but you may not know where to start or have questions regarding the next steps. Let Symplexity help you simplify the complexity of the cloud. We start by asking the right questions to see if moving to the cloud makes sense for your company.