If you own or manage a business and are used to having your own IT staff manage your on-premises network, the idea of switching to the cloud might terrify you — especially since the success of many companies, in large part, depends on how efficiently their networks run.
But cloud computing provides many advantages over on-premises IT, some of which you might not know about. So, let’s lay them out.
Moving to the Cloud Saves Money
The cloud can save you money
Arguably, the greatest selling point is that moving to the cloud will save you money. In fact, 82% of companies that moved to the cloud saved money. That’s because you only pay for services used in the cloud and you pay as you go. In addition, you no longer need to invest a small fortune in hardware and software upgrades over the years.
Your overhead will be lower when they move to the cloud
You won’t have to purchase or rent additional space to house your servers. That saves on rent and mortgage payments and means no extra costs to provide the necessary power, heat, air conditioning for that additional space.
The Cloud Increases Your IT Resources
Managed service options are like getting additional IT staff
When you move to a cloud hosting provider, like Admiral Consulting, that offers managed services, you’ll have access to support staff 24/7 and help is only a phone call or email away. Some business owners may feel as though their own IT staff would be quicker to respond, but the opposite is often true, particularly when you need help off-hours or on holidays.
There’s virtually unlimited storage space in the cloud
With in-house servers you only have a finite amount of storage. In the cloud, storage is virtually unlimited.
The network can be easily scaled up or down
Whether your company expands or contracts in the future, moving to the cloud gives you access to a network that can be easily scaled up or down. Moving to the cloud also eliminates the possibility of wasting money purchasing hardware and/or software you won’t need in the future. Once again, “pay-as-you-go” in the cloud is a huge advantage.
Data security is improved by managed hosting providers
And yes, your data will be completely safe. In fact, a survey by Soliant showed that 94% of business managers believed their data security had improved after moving to the cloud, 75% felt their service availability was better, and 52% saw an increase in data performance.
The Cloud Offers Time Savings and Efficiencies
You won’t need to spend time setting up complex infrastructure
Any type of complex infrastructure can be set up in the cloud in a fraction of the time that it would take your in-house IT staff to do the same. Depending on the complexity, what might have taken days or even weeks with your own staff can often be handled in a matter of hours with a hosted cloud provider.
Resources are used more effectively in the cloud
Because cloud resource management software acts as a kind of “traffic cop” determining which resources are required, your resources will be more effectively used in the cloud than they are in on-premises computing. This will save your in-house IT staff a significant amount of time — time that they could be devoting to other tasks.
Maximum uptime is mutually important
We have a vested interest in your uptime when in the cloud. If it’s not 100%, we lose credibility. So, keeping you up and running 24/7 is as vital to us as it is to you.
Patches and upgrades are taken care of
Managing software on-premises can be challenging, and if not managed correctly can lead to “cost overruns to performance issues to compliance concerns.” But you don’t have to worry about this when you move to the cloud with a managed hosting provider. We take care of it all, from patching to upgrades.
Trends in the Cloud
“Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world,” said Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner. And, that’s because the cloud offers deeper business intelligence capabilities, easier collaboration, and the path forward to innovation.
Consider these predictions:
- “As cloud adoption expands over the next four years, what clouds are and what they can do will evolve dramatically – in several important ways. The cloud will become more distributed (through internet of things edge services and multicloud services), more trusted, more intelligent, more industry and workload specialised, and more channel-mediated. As the cloud evolves, these important new capabilities – what IDC calls Cloud 2.0 – the use cases for the cloud will expand dramatically expand.” — Frank Gens, IDC
- 90% of companies will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities by 2020, according to Gartner
- CIOs, wanting to benefit from the cloud’s economies of scale, will accelerate implementations of public, private, and hybrid clouds. — CIO magazine
- Gartner says that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-Internet” policy is today.
Are you ready to explore opportunities to make your business more efficient and effective? Ready to move to the cloud and take advantage of what it offers? Give us a call at 888-737-5725. We’ll help you explore your options. Don’t be left behind.