If you’ve moved workloads to the cloud, it’s likely because of the expected cost savings. But security analysts and engineers know there are many other, equally important technology and resource benefits to derive from cloud usage. If your organization does not capitalize on these advantages in your cloud, such as how it transforms IT and drives business strategy, you may actually lose out on significant cost savings (or lose money, period).
Here are six things to consider when managing the cloud:
- Storage is not a limitation: One of the most significant benefits of the cloud is the ability to store and archive large amounts of data, so you can quickly scale up or down the amount of storage your organization needs. This decreases employees’ use of personal cloud spaces for work projects and increases the security of workloads, since all data is accounted for and consolidated within a managed infrastructure.
- Higher availability from cloud data centers: Not only is there more availability for workload distribution and redundancy, but also there is far greater availability compared to what you get with on-premises hardware. This means that opening and closing workloads will be faster and easier, with less concern about physical servers and data centers.
- Introducing business flexibility: Due to the scalability of a public cloud, more workloads are available. With a traditional on-premises data center, the need to develop new products means setting up another server in-house – which can take months. But with a public cloud, you can add workloads as needed, and be up and running within minutes while being properly secured.
- Quicker disaster recovery: Implementing a cloud-based recovery solution reduces the need for data center infrastructure that eats up space, personnel and IT resources. The cloud provides organizations of any size a strategic, geographical backup location in case of disasters. Having geographically sensitive load balancing ensures end users access to data, even if a server goes down. By not putting all data on a single co-location, traffic will seamlessly be diverted to the network’s next closest, unobstructed server, so users don’t lose their data access.
- OpEx instead of CapEx: An organization’s IT budget, in most cases, no longer needs to include capital expenses (CapEx) such as hardware, software, networks, and so on. These can, instead, be re-categorized as operating expenses (OpEx), to be combined as a simple monthly expense.
- Better utilization of resources per server: Public cloud platforms are more powerful than the on-premises data centers most companies are using. With servers able to handle more workloads than on-premises data centers, that means greater savings in management, personnel and hardware.
As you update your public cloud strategy, keep in mind that there are more than just cost savings to consider. Success in the cloud also means increasing the efficiency and capabilities of your business’ workloads, to scale and flex as needed. These will help you better achieve the cost savings and ROI your organization is seeking.
Please feel free to ask questions or leave a comment below about how your organization is preparing to move to the cloud.