By 2018, more than 60% of enterprises will have at least half of their infrastructure on cloud-based platforms.*
With each passing day, Cloud is gaining momentum and enterprises – regardless of their sizes, are migrating their existing systems to Cloud. If you too are an enterprise planning to take the big leap to Cloud, the only thing that must be confusing you will be – when to actually take it. Right?
Well! There’s a need to carefully assess the working of existing systems with your current and future business requirements and consider the ‘when factors’ to make the move at the right time.
Here are those important ‘when factors’ indicative of the right time for you to move to public cloud hosting or any other cloud platform.
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When your business needs to reduce Opex and Capex
At any point of time, if you feel that your business is costing you an arm and a leg or you are paying for those resources which you are not utilizing, immediately think of a cost-effective solution.
Resource-based billing of Microsoft Azure Cloud will enable you to save high capital costs of your business as you are charged only for the resources which you actually utilize. Also, cloud servers save your upgradation costs too, as they help you draw maximum out of your existing IT system.
Thus, whenever your business needs the ability to do more with less investment, shift to the cloud.
When there’s a need to fulfill increasing demands of growing consumer base
In order to grow in real terms, your business needs the ability to adapt immediately to the changing business demands of the customers. So whenever you feel that your existing IT infrastructure is not capable of scaling resources and infrastructure as per consumer demands, move to cloud.
Public cloud being the centralized pool of resources, prepares your business to quickly upscale and downscale demand that too without breaking the bank for costly upgrades.
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When your business needs mantra of non-stop failover
There are certain components like electric equipment, memory units and physical disks which are bound to fail at one point of time or the other. This results in downtime of your site and eventually, you lose your customers and business as they are less likely to wait for the unavailable site.
Thus, ‘five nines’ uptime need of your business is indicative of quick upgradation to the cloud hosting from traditional hosting as a cloud structure being the system of interconnected servers, guarantees maximum uptime and zero risk assurance. If any one server fails to take the request, then, another one out of the multiple servers takes the workload of the failed server automatically.
When you want to connect with customers across the globe
With traditional hosting, your business is confined to one place and you cannot run and access applications globally as efficiently as cloud hosting.
You can discuss your business with your clients, resolve their issues, collaborate on any document with your team while enjoying a family trip or vacation with business productivity suite -Office 365.
When your business needs backup and privacy of your critical data
Regular backups are always necessary for the protection of important files, documents, videos etc. as they help you to recover data after it’s lost(either by deletion or corruption) without bearing recovery costs which can be pretty high. So it is in your best interests to make sure that your data is backed up regularly.
If your data storage requirements are also significant, Microsoft One Drive facilitates 1 TB online storage space in the cloud to store your files and documents. Moreover, you can also access and share those documents from any device.
If you have any doubt regarding this write- up, feel free to drop comments in the section below.
*Source: Digital Business, Rethinking Fundamentals.
Also published on Medium.