Cloud Migration – Things to Consider
Many businesses have adopted cloud migration in their operations in the past few years. Cloud computing, or on-demand computing as it is sometimes called, refers to a system of using computer services over the internet.
Cloud computing is fast becoming the norm because storing information and using software hosted on the Internet has many, many advantages. If you’re tired of endless software bugs and server glitches, it may be time to consider cloud computing. Don’t be left up in the air by traditional IT solutions.
Cloud technologies are becoming one of the major investments for all sizes of organizations. The goal generally includes plans to reduce costs, consolidate billing, ensure server availability and plan for disaster recovery. If you’re like most businesses, you already have at least one workload running in the cloud. Cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow, and offers many more benefits.
Why Migrate to the Cloud?
Access from Anywhere: Whether working in your office or on the go, you get a familiar, top-of-the-line set of productivity tools. Always the latest versions—let you create, edit, and share from your PC/Mac or your iOS, Android or Windows devices with anyone in real-time.
Low Financial Risk: Switch from CAPEX to OPEX. Simply put, capital expenditures tend to be major investments in goods, which show up on the balance sheet and are depreciated over the life of the asset, typically 3 years, whereas operating expenditure shows up on the profit and loss account and relates to expenses incurred on an ongoing basis.
Easy Deployment: Cloud lets you quickly and easily deploy your infrastructure in a consistent, repeatable way. Third party products like BitTitan are available to aid in some of these tasks.
Time Management: Relieve your IT staff from daily maintenance and start finishing critical projects, faster.
Security: Enterprises are no longer wondering if they should risk migrating applications and data to the cloud. They’re doing it — but security remains a serious concern. Each of our vendors can break down any security concerns you might have.
Benefits of Cloud Migration:
Flexibility – Cloud Migration services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase, it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is baked into the service. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors.
Low-cost Disaster Recovery – Businesses of all sizes should invest in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more of an ideal than the reality. Cloud Migration is now helping more organizations buck that trend.
Let the Cloud Update Your Software – Servers are off-premises, software suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates, including security updates.
Capital-Expenditure Free (Opex vs Capex) – Cloud Migration cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay as you go.
Increased Collaboration – Teams can access, edit, and share documents anytime, from anywhere. Cloud-based workflow and file-sharing apps help them make updates in real time and give them full visibility into their collaborations.
Work from Anywhere – If you’ve got an internet connection, you can work in the cloud. Most serious cloud services offer mobile apps so you’re not restricted by which device you have on hand.
Document Control – When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees one version. Greater visibility means improved collaboration, which ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line.
Security – Cloud Migration gives you greater security because your data is stored in the cloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your machine. You can even remotely wipe data from lost laptops so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
Competitiveness – Cloud Migration gives everyone access to enterprise-class technology. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Cloud offers Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications.
Environmentally Friendly – When your cloud needs fluctuate, your server capacity scales up and down to fit. You only use the energy you need, and you don’t leave over-sized carbon footprints.
“An Intel Security report published earlier this year showed that 93 percent of the more than 1,400 IT security professionals surveyed stated they were using some type of cloud service in their organization.” – BizJournals.com
These are the most common service models:
- IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service (AWS -Amazon Web Services-, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, HPE GreenLake)
- PaaS: Platform as a Service (AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Heroku, Google App Engine, Engine Yard)
- SaaS: Software as a Service (Google G Suite, Office 365, Salesforce, NetSuite)
IaaS – On-demand access to cloud-hosted physical and virtual servers, storage and networking – the backend IT infrastructure for running applications and workloads in the cloud. Great for companies that don’t mind hosting their applications in third-party data centers. The service is charged with a “Pay-as-you-go” or OpEx model.
PaaS – Robust and portable, PaaS platforms provides a full (and invisible) infrastructure environment. Adopting a PaaS solution will also reduce your ready to market timings – since PaaS will be pre-loaded with most of the run-time required software.
SaaS – Is a delivery model through which centrally hosted productivity software is licensed on a subscription basis. Its main advantage is that the Software as a Services model relieves companies from software maintenance, infrastructure management, network security, data availability, and all the other operational issues involved with keeping applications up and running.