Unexpected Benefits to a Cloud Environment
Mention cloud to any IT professional and they’ll undoubtedly have a view on the benefits it brings. What once was cutting edge technology is now the new normal. Most businesses today are using some form of cloud. CIO magazine estimated that small-to-medium (SMBs) sized businesses are running nearly 80% of their workloads in the cloud. While that’s a significant percentage, the cloud industry is expected to continue to expand. More applications are moving to the cloud, and organizations are continuing to look at how to maximize this environment for their business.
Two primary reasons behind the move to the cloud are flexibility and scalability. You only pay for the services you need, and you have the ability to expand without the addition of new hardware. That's ideal for many organizations. But maybe that alone isn't convincing enough for your business. You aren’t alone in feeling slightly skeptical about the true benefits.
Despite what some vendors like to push, cloud isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Cloud brings a range of options. It can feel like creating a Chipotle burrito with a little of this and a little of that piled together until you have a massive monstrosity that you can't get your hands around. Just like the Chipotle burrito, the options are important, which is why you need a trusted agnostic partner to help you navigate the possibilities. Different approaches bring different benefits, many of which are often overlooked.
Here are the top five benefits of cloud that you might not have considered.
- Security – Surprised that security is on the top of the list? Security is often a significant concern for organizations moving to the cloud. It is true that entrusting your data or workloads to a public cloud provider that will co-locate it with other companies can be unsettling. As we discuss in our blog, “Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud: What's the Right Answer?" there is a solution for this too. The right private cloud provider will bring you the advantage of the latest technology and a robust security architecture to protect your sensitive information. For instance, if your employee loses a laptop, you can remotely wipe any private data.
- Improved Efficiency and Resource Utilization – Moving workloads to the cloud results in less equipment onsite. Wouldn't it be nice to reclaim the space from your data center? How about lowering the energy bill? The power and cooling needed to maintain data can be a drain.
- Automatic Software Updates – IT maintenance not only demands a significant portion of the budget, but it also consumes time. In a cloud environment, updates can happen automatically. Your IT professionals aren't stuck managing individual user upgrades. The cloud provider also handles all the software maintenance and security patches. There is no need for your team to get into the specifics of server issues.
- Extended Legacy Hardware – The reality is that you need to maximize the life of your IT hardware. Many businesses find that by virtualizing applications, employees are pleasantly surprised to see an increase in performance.
- Increased Mobility – Knowledge workers are often frozen without access to their data and applications. A laptop left at home or worse, on an airplane, used to mean hours of lost productivity and IT headaches. A cloud environment can enable employees to access all their information from another device securely.
Ready to take the next step and explore cloud strategy right for your business? Take a look at our cloud guide, “Unlock the Right Cloud Approach for Your Organization" for a more in-depth look at different approaches to cloud and then request a free assessment. We’ll help you build a cloud environment that delivers the right benefits you can get your hands around.