When it comes to Cloud computing, we hear a lot about a “step change” in the way business will provision computing in the future. However, for most organisations, the journey to the Cloud is not about jumping the tracks to a completely different way of doing things. For the majority, migration to the Cloud will be a gradual process that will include extracting every ounce of value from any legacy investment in technology.
Adoption of Cloud services to date has been a case of migration when appropriate – either as a result of a particularly compelling event or at a financial tipping point. Many organisations experiment with the Cloud by moving non-core operations before embarking on higher risk migrations.
The ease with which Cloud services can be provisioned, scaled and decommissioned makes experimentation easy and, above all, cost-effective. This flexibility enables departments that are subject to rapid change or uncertainty to respond quickly to changing demands without hand-cuffing themselves to a significant capital investment.
Cloud-based services can be used to help meet both short and long-term business objectives. Their inherent flexibility makes them suitable for rapidly growing businesses or those that are subject to seasonal variations in workloads.
The simplicity of provisioning and managing Cloud services also make them an ideal solution for organisations that do not maintain a substantial in-house IT department. Effectively outsourcing some elements of day-to-day business process management frees valuable resource internally to address immediate user needs.
In reality, even the staunchest supporters of Cloud services will find that some business processes are still best kept on-premise; often for reasons of security or control. The resulting hybrid infrastructure is likely to become the deployment method of choice for most organisations in the future.
Change brings uncertainty, which means risk. Most organisations are justifiably risk-adverse and technological change ups the stakes as modern businesses are based on technology – it influences every aspect of day-to-day operations and is the ultimate business enabler.
Successful Cloud adoption comes from recognising that the process is a journey. It is not as simple as “to Cloud or not to Cloud.” As with any journey into the unknown, it is useful to have a local guide who knows how to navigate through the pitfalls. This is why your choice of technology partner is as important as your choice of technology.
Once the decision has been made to embrace the Cloud, organisations of all shapes and sizes are able to reap the benefits of scalability, flexibility, resilience and profitability:
- Modern computing is data-driven. Moving your data to the Cloud provides instant access to users, wherever they are, whatever device they are using.
- Cloud computing enables organisations to leverage best-in-class hardware and software solutions without the need for expensive capital investment
- Outsourcing significant elements of your infrastructure simplified the on-premise estate and makes management quicker and easier
- Built-in resilience eliminates a single point of failure for critical business applications, delivering improvements in resilience and business continuity
Hybrid Cloud infrastructures deliver the best of both worlds. There is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to IT. Hybrid is about using the right technology for the job; combining the security and control of on-premise solutions with the cost, flexibility and security benefits of leveraging next-generation data centre services.
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