7 Benefits of Going Cloud
By Massimo Morandi
When discussing the adoption of a Cloud solution with customers, we’re often met with initial resistance from stakeholders. Sometimes it is justified by technical reasons, but most of the time it is just a matter of “We’ve always done it the traditional way” or simply a lack of awareness of the benefits that can be achieved for the business by going Cloud.
Let’s talk about the advantages in a clear and straightforward way, so even non-technical readers can understand what’s in it for them and move forward to a constructive discussion on how to start going Cloud or expand its existing usage.
A significant percentage of companies affirm that they are unable to provide ubiquitous access to corporate information and systems to their employees and partners. Having solutions deployed in the Cloud can help significantly remove these barriers and enable workers to access what they need anywhere, anytime.
Cloud vendors have the large scale to maintain the strongest security measures and keep the systems patched to the latest levels and monitored 24 hours a day. This is something that is very difficult and expensive to do on-premise by an individual company due to the sheer cost of human and technical resources to keep up with this massive work.
Cloud servers can be configured to provide variable levels of performance thanks to virtualized environments. The benefit is that you can use the full power of machines only when needed, being able to cope with peak times, for example, Black Friday in the case of an e-commerce company.
Cloud servers allow you to scale resources up or down automatically, depending on demand, so that they’re not paying for idle infrastructure costs when demand is low. On top of that, with managed servers you have a lower TCO due to less man-hours spent in maintaining and monitoring the infrastructure. There is also the possibility of usage commitment for machines that must always be on or preemptible machines for test and non-critical servers which may help achieve further cost reductions.
5 . Flexibility
With a Cloud Native approach you can deploy tailored applications with a faster time to market and a greater flexibility in comparison with standard solutions. This can be achieved by making use of cloud accelerators and services. The apps implemented in such a way are easy to extend and modify, therefore with a very high degree of flexibility and customization, secure and reliable by design. With the Cloud, we can customize a solution that suits your needs and grows as your needs grow
The economies of scale of cloud vendor server farms mean that significant energy savings can be achieved. Investing in Cloud vs physical machines is surely not only a cost savings for your company in terms of energy but also less impactful to the environment. Cloud is an eco-friendly and sustainable solution in comparison with traditional servers.
Having machines in the Cloud allows you to maintain multiple backup servers, even in different regions. This helps intrinsically with disaster recovery procedures, which are difficult and expensive to cover with a traditional approach. You can also have fallback servers to service your customers and users achieving near 100% uptime for your applications.
And that’s a wrap!
I hope this brief summary on the benefits of going Cloud will be useful in your next discussion with decision makers in your company and help explain to them how to improve your business by embracing the Cloud.
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