July 13th, 2017 by adminThe cloud.
A fancy word for a file hosting platform that operates over the ever-expanding global network that is the internet. Over the past decade, the internet has rapidly morphed from a repository for entertainment, news, and communication services to a highly efficient tool that businesses use for more than just data research and communication. When you step back and think about it, it makes total sense. After all, the web isn’t going to go anywhere. It’s only natural that successful organizations want to maximize its potential.
There are a variety of reasons that a company would consider migrating some of their services, servers, or storage systems to the cloud. Any and all of the reasons simultaneously result in a financial benefit while improving the operational consistency of the IT department. Keeping that in mind, it’s no surprise to learn that 48% of enterprises are moving to the cloud to replace on-premise, legacy technology today.
Let’s take a moment to discuss some of the most impressive and beneficial results of migrating some of your resources to the cloud. Remember, if the idea of cloud migration makes you nervous or is out of your comfort zone, we suggest moving some of the less mission-critical applications first to get your feet wet. We’re confident you’ll want to dive in once you realize the water’s fine!
Improved Resource Management
The most obvious benefit that your company will immediately realize is greater simplicity for your IT personnel to manage resources. For starters, you don’t have to worry about a physical server in the data closet or being concerned with a lack of storage space. That alone will allow your IT people more time to focus on things that will help make the business better. If IT personnel spend all of their time tending to nuts-and-bolts issues that can be avoided by moving servers or storage to the cloud, you aren’t able to get maximum value for their time. They’re not focused on enhancing your business by making other people’s jobs easier or speeding process improvement.
The second benefit that your business will instantly enjoy is the notable increase in mobility. If you have servers, files, applications, and communications funneled in through the cloud, your people will be able to work remotely as often as you see fit. You can reduce overhead by downsizing your building while simultaneously increasing your workforce. Anybody with a laptop or mobile device can access what they need. The only requirement is an internet connection or cell phone service with the ability to tether. The world just got much smaller for you and your people!
Disaster recovery is the third and final benefit that you don’t want to have to rely on (but you’ll be glad it’s in place when the time comes). If you have mission-critical servers in your building, what currently happens when there is a fire in that room? What about when a hard drive dies? Ever been under a serious ransomware attack?
These are all things that can lead to some seriously lengthy downtime within your organization – not fun for anyone involved. When you keep your servers in the cloud, you don’t need to worry about this. Data centers have the ability to run multiple layers of replication for you. If there is an issue, your server will fail over to a replicated area in the data center. You won’t even notice that there was something wrong to begin with. The best data centers have multiple locations and multiple layers of replication to ensure fast response times, limited internet outage problems, and flawless recoveries.
At IPRO Media has assisted with countless migrations. Contact us if you’re ready to get your feet wet. We’ll advise your IT team and work with them to lead another successful and headache-free cloud migration. So come on in, the water is fine!
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