In our introductory post, we briefly laid out five factors you should consider if you intend to migrate to the cloud successfully.
In this post we will motivate why you should indeed migrate to the cloud. Although cloud environments are generally reliable, exceedingly available, and scalable, these are not your only drivers when considering migrating to the cloud. Migrating to the cloud can solve many IT-, operations-, and cost-related issues for your organization. Below we discuss five benefits of migrating to the cloud:
1. It is safe and secure
Once your data and applications are stored in the cloud, it is distributed across redundant servers safeguarding the data against hardware failures. We use military grade encryption installed to ensure no one gets in. Cloud servers furthermore provide automated backups and snapshots to ensure further date safety.
2. It provides a flexible solution that boosts productivity
Running Microsoft Office in the cloud allows your employees to log into the system on multiple devices. They can, therefore, work from their mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop. Not only will this let them choose the most suitable, productive and comfortable option, but it will result in increased work quality.
3. It is cost effective
You can reduce your annual operating costs as well as your bandwidth costs by migrating to the cloud. Since you will not require internal power and resources to store or maintain data remotely, it could render a further cost saving. The cloud is affordable (more so than on-site servers) and proven to be the most secure way to backup critical and archived data.
4. It provides increased administrative control over access
With most cloud services, user access is restricted to certain applications or files. Security controls are also far more detailed. Typically, you will have an administrator who has the ability to reduce, increase, remove, or allow varying levels of access to other users. With this approach, you can manage the level of access of your employees.
5. Lower power costs and a reduced carbon footprint
Traditional data servers require substantial amounts of energy to maintain hardware. And, as your business grows you will need more space which will utilize more energy to accommodate increased business demands. Migrating your operations to the cloud rather than keeping on-site servers, will not only reduce your carbon footprint, but save on power costs.
Now that you’ve decided to try the cloud, you need to choose the cloud computing service model that you would like to deploy it in. These are:
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) – for example, AWS, Azure, and Alibaba Cloud.
- PaaS (Platform as a Service) – for example, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Heroku, and Google App Engine.
- SaaS (Software as a Service) – for example, Google Apps, Office 365, and Netsuite.
Below we have summarized, briefly, the purpose of each of these service models:
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“Cloud is mainstream today, driven forward by users’ desire for lower cost solutions, better scalability, and business agility.” (Baig, 2018). Our next post will explain how to assess the benefits and disadvantages of migrating to the cloud using a SWOT analysis.
For a cost-effective, scalable and flexible approach to migrating to the cloud, contact us today. CloudOak delivers data driven solutions for partners looking to provide hybrid cloud Backup and DR as a Service (BaaS and DRaaS) and Archiving to SMEs