5 Reasons how Cloud can Transform Your Business

Businesses are often puzzled by the thought of moving to the cloud. They are concerned with data loss, privacy risks, susceptibility to external attack, internet connectivity etc. But do these concerns outweigh the advantages of cloud computing? or are you afraid of the change?

COMPARING THE LEADING CLOUD PROVIDERS

Before jumping into the debate lets compare the leading cloud providers based on the two most critical factors- downtime and cost of migrating.

Let’s say you are a growing company with 5,000 site visitors per day and requires a RAM of 8GB and a memory of 500GB with 8 core processor.

Google’s cloud platform should be the ideal choice for this scenario with a downtime of only 4.46 hours for the year 2014 and cost $805 per year. Similarly, the image compares Amazon Web Services(AWS) (2.41 hours), IBM SmartCloud (8.76 hours) and Rackspace (7.52 hour). Microsoft Azure losses out on downtime (39.77 hours) but costs $1,880 per year less than IBM SmartCloud ($2,172 per year) and Rackspace ($2,521 per year).

WHY GOING FOR CLOUD IS THE BEST DECISION FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
Cost-Efficient

Moving to it saves the upfront cost of purchasing, managing and upgrading the IT systems. Thus using the cloud model converts capital expenditure to operational expenditure. Using the one-time-payment, ‘pay as you go’ model and other customized packages, organizations can significantly lower their IT costs.

Storage space

Businesses will no longer require file storage, data backup and software programs which take up most of the space as most of the data would be stored in remote cloud servers. Not only it frees in-house space but also provides unlimited space in it.

Fault Resilient

While using your servers, you need to buy more hardware than you need in case of failure. In extreme cases, you need to duplicate everything. Moving to the cloud eliminates redundancy and susceptibility to outages. Thus migrating to it not only adds reliability to the systems but also keeps information highly available.

Scalability

Using cloud computing, businesses can easily expand existing computing resources. For start-ups and growing enterprises, being able to optimize resources from it enables them to escape the large one-off payments of hardware and software, making operational costs minimal.

Lean Management

With this, businesses can perform their processes more efficiently. Cloud migration leads the existing workforce to focus on their core task of monitoring the infrastructure and improving them. Thus cloud computing leads to lean management and drives profitability.

HOW CAN CLOUD CONSULTANTS HELP YOU?

Migration to cloud computing platforms requires essential IT changes and sound knowledge of the latest technology. The decision-makers should visualize the migration as a business re-engineering process rather than an architectural change. With a plethora of options available, business leaders are often confused about which computing technology suits their needs. At this point, the consultant can help them to choose the service that will empower their current processes.

A cloud consultant should ask the following critical questions to help you define requirements.

  • Do you care where your data is stored and how secure it is?
  • Are your business processes well defined and are they efficient?
  • How much downtime and delay can your business handle?

Knowing these questions will help the consultant find the best services for your business. Thus a consultant should present governance models, security models, performance models, process models and data models in addition to basic infrastructure.

It has certainly changed the dynamics of the IT industry. AWS and Microsoft remain the largest cloud providers inclusive of all services. But at the same time consultants play a huge role in empowering businesses to incorporate innovative solutions and market the cloud-based changes to suit the customers’ needs.

Conclusion:

Quantazone specializes in cloud-based services related to Amazon Web Services. As AWS Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partners we help customers of all sizes to design, architect, build, migrate, and manage their workloads and applications on AWS. For more details visit Quantazone.

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