The Cloud can be slightly intimidating. You may have cost concerns, stability concerns, and most importantly security concerns. Reassuringly, using the Cloud improves scalability, and significantly reduces the risk of a cyber security threats.
But first, what is the Cloud exactly? The answer is relatively simple. Most people use cloud services now. If you have ever used Sharepoint, Zoom, Office 365, Google Drive, or Gmail then you have most likely interacted with the Cloud.
Cloud migration is just moving services from on-premises and collocated hardware to a Cloud provider. These services allow you to manage the IT infrastructure entirely remotely without the security risk, inconvenience, and cost of maintaining on-premises hardware.
The actual migration process itself isn’t overly complicated but is unique to every business and is dependent on the number of resources supported in each project. Most businesses choose to move their data, applications, and information from a private server or local, on-premises data centre to public cloud architecture. You can migrate platforms for business services, web/mobile applications, IoT, edge servers, CRM support systems, productivity software, enterprise databases, remote desktops, SD-WAN, network administration tools, and more to the Cloud.
So, what are the benefits of the Cloud? We have complied a list of 5 benefits your company would gain.
- Cost Savings
By moving to the Cloud, you can help to reduce operational costs while improving IT processes. When switching to the Cloud, you only pay for what you use, and not a subscription to maintain costly data centres. Cloud computing also uses less electricity. Many servers waste energy, which means that regardless of demand, the Cloud can charge you less for energy used than you’re spending in your own data centre.
When done right, the Cloud can be more secure than traditional network systems. By storing your business information and data centrally, the Cloud provides far stronger security than traditional data centres. Most Cloud providers also offer many built-in security features like security analytics, periodic updates, and cross-enterprise visibility. They take care of some of the tougher security issues such as ensuring automatic security updates are applied to your systems to keep them from being vulnerable to the latest known security threats.
By relying on an outside organisation to take care of all the IT hosting and infrastructure, you’ll have more time to spend on other aspects of your business. The cloud offers you more flexibility overall compared to hosting on a local server. And, if you need extra bandwidth, a cloud-based server can meet that demand instantly, rather than having to go through the process of updating you IT infrastructure, which can be complicated an expensive.
Switching to the Cloud means your business has a better ability to scale up or down based on your IT requirements and business plan. An IT solution that was ideal for one year may not be few years later, making it difficult for companies to adapt to shifting customer demands. With cloud migration, businesses can reshape their infrastructure and workloads drastically to accommodate their needs without being attached to the equipment and assets that they worked with in the past. The Cloud gives you the power to control your resources based on your own individual and business needs. This is simply impossible with other solutions that lock you into contracts, minimum terms, and one-size-fits-all plans.
With your data being stored in the Cloud, it means that it can be accessed anywhere on any machine. Migrating to the Cloud also means your business co-workers can access necessary data from anywhere in the world on any device. Backup and logging services are extremely important as well. After a cloud migration, your team won’t need to be at a specific location to deploy, update, or fix issues with any of the various machines being used, instead everything is backed up in the same place with the same log in, making your business run smoother and easier.