It seems like everything we use on a daily basis is about a Cloud Migration these days. Companies are performing a data center migrations moving their servers to the cloud, data is being stored in the cloud, and applications and services are hosted from the cloud. Whether you are looking at Microsoft Office 365, Azure or AWS. So as you’ve been surrounded by the buzz, it’s easy to assume you’re probably thinking about moving your business to the cloud as well. But are you really sold on what you’re missing out on with a cloud migration?
Before you rush off to perform your data center migration, get to know the 4 ways it will benefit your business the most!
A cloud migration of key applications can create numerous financial benefits for your organization. For example, we perform many email migrations each year to Office 365 simply because services like email are much cheaper to consume as a service. You won’t be purchasing and upgrading hardware or renting physical hardware either. In addition, if you’re moving to cloud hosting solutions, the hardware you are using will be fully utilized, meaning optimized hardware leading to lower costs. You’ll also have access to resiliency without redundancy; instead of needing to duplicate everything or have backup hardware in place, you can expect maximum uptime without the heavy upfront capital costs! Finally, as I’m sure you know, people costs tend to be the most expensive and without all of the bulky hardware on site, you’ll have the ability to decrease these management costs and use your employees as an IT resource that can make money for your business!
Capability to Scale Easily
The data center migration move from physical hardware to the cloud clearly makes financial sense by getting rid physical hardware as we’ve just covered, but it also makes design and development sense when considering IT architecture. With the cloud, your organization will no longer be bound by the physical size of the servers you have and maintain on site, so you’ll have the capability to scale your business in a whole new (better, quicker, simpler) way.
This comes in handy especially when you’re expecting significant growth or you’re developing your own software in house, regardless of whether you will be using internally or selling it to the world. With the cloud, scaling your business as needed will not only be cost efficient, but will also speed up the process of getting to the results you need!
Robust Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery is a big deal, because losing your data can cost you your business, so investing a lot of time in the creation of a well-implemented disaster recovery plan is pretty common. However, even if your data center is in a colocation facility, you will still be provided with a single point a failure. With the cloud, for example, if you’re using Microsoft services for email, data storage, etc. you’ll have extensive built-in disaster recovery processes and robust data centers around the country in place without even lifting a finger.
This added layer of data backup and decreased recovery times you can expect with a cloud disaster recovery solution in place will give you the peace of mind you need.
Better Connection Options
With the cloud, you will have better options to connect from a local network to cloud infrastructure. Your alternatives to an expensive Point to Point VPN connection will continue to increase alongside cloud popularity. For the sake of an example, Azure ExpressRoute, allows you to create private connections between Azure data centers and your cloud infrastructure, which don’t go over the public internet. These connections offer more reliability, faster speeds, and higher security than typical Internet connections.
Just because you’re thinking about a cloud data center migration, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be moving your entire business to the cloud. In fact, you may never get rid of your in-house data center because of proprietary applications that you need to host. But, by minimizing your data center footprint, you can take advantage of what the cloud has to offer. Your opportunity may not be to move everything to the cloud, it may in fact be to move the right things to the cloud to take advantage of these capabilities we’ve covered!