Was moving to the cloud the right move for your company or were you following someone’s trend?

Cloud computing is currently used by more than half of all businesses in the united states, and for excellent purposes. moving to the cloud does have the opportunity to save your business a lot of money while also boosting security and enhancing customer service. if your company is like most of the others, it’s safe to assume you already have at least one cloud-based workload. that does not, however, imply that cloud migration is ideal for everyone. While cloud infrastructures are often scalable, stable, and highly available, they aren’t the only factors that will influence your choices. Is this, however, a reason to get on the cloud migration bandwagon just because everyone else is? How do you know if moving to the cloud is right for your company?

 

Migrating to the Cloud: Was it a good idea for your company?

Cloud computing is the process of accessing and storing data in a remote location instead of locally. You almost certainly use cloud computing every day without even realizing it. You’re using the cloud whenever you use social media, view a Netflix movie, check your bank account balance, use online documents like Office Web Apps, or check your email.

An organization can migrate to the cloud in a variety of ways. The migration of services and information from a local, on-premises data center to the public cloud is a popular concept. Any cloud migration’s main objective or advantage is to host data and applications in the most efficient IT infrastructure available based on criteria like expense, productivity, and security. So, was migrating to the cloud a good option for your business? The three points below can help you determine this.

 

1. Examining your current infrastructure

The first step in determining whether moving to the cloud was the right move is to examine your current infrastructure. Begin by asking yourself the following questions:

  • How soon will you have to replace essential components of your current infrastructure?

  • What will the cost of replacement be at that point?

  • How much will it cost to maintain your current infrastructure until it needs to be replaced?

To gain a thorough view of your costs, you must evaluate all the above factors. If your hardware is still in its early stages of life and doesn’t need a new replacement for a while, you might think that migrating to the cloud now wasn’t a good idea. However, when you consider the expense of maintaining your infrastructure until it needs to be replaced, you might come to a different decision.

 

On the other hand, fixed or recurrent costs and variable costs are the two categories of maintenance fees to consider. A fixed cost example would be a full-time IT employee’s salary, whereas a variable cost would be paying an IT provider to resolve an incident. Even if your infrastructure didn’t need to be updated anytime soon, migrating to the cloud was certainly a good idea, especially in scenarios where a full-time IT employee spends the majority of their time waiting for something to fail.

 

Cloud migration will almost definitely save you money if your infrastructure needs to be replaced soon. Your cost per unit will be substantially reduced because you will simply be using a small portion of someone else’s hardware. 

 

2. Considering the advantages of security

Aside from the expenses of equipment and staff, security is another element to consider when determining whether to migrate to the cloud. Contrary to popular belief, using the cloud is likely more reliable than using your hardware because your employees are likely not as security-conscious as they should be. Extended outages as a result of a virus or other breach of security can quickly get costly. The odds of a financially disastrous breach can be decreased because of the added security and backups that are provided by the cloud service.

 

3. Considering the financial advantages of better customer service

Lastly, you should think about the financial benefits of increased customer service that cloud computing may provide to businesses. It will play an important role in the customer’s experience if you can devote resources to upgrading operational and business support structures that were previously stuck in maintaining your infrastructure. Additionally, cloud-based businesses have increased resilience and adaptability, which benefits customers.

 

Takeaway

Cloud computing has numerous advantages, but it’s not necessarily for everyone. You can assess if migrating to the cloud was the right move and if it makes financial sense for your business by considering all the criteria listed above.

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