A Brief Overview
Cloud migration services provide businesses with the opportunity to move away from costly and often cumbersome on-site IT infrastructures. Cloud migration has the potential to help all types of businesses streamline and simplify countless activities and operations, while at the same time making significant savings.
Research suggests that as many as 70% of organisations within certain sectors are still not tapping into the true potential of cloud migration.
For some, it is a case of having incorrectly interpreted the migration as too complicated, time-consuming and expensive to realistically consider. Other decision-makers are simply unaware of how beneficial cloud migration can be.
Nevertheless, there is a reason why the transition to cloud-based IT infrastructure is only ever one-way. When you have fully experienced the benefits of cloud migration first-hand, returning to traditional on-site infrastructure is simply not an option.
What is Cloud Migration
Roughly summarised, cloud migration occurs when an organisation’s software suites, applications, email, data and much of its physical IT infrastructure is shifted to a cloud computing environment.
This means that vast quantities of equipment previously needed on-site are no longer necessary. Neither does it need to be maintained, repaired or replaced by the company at any time.
In essence much of the hardware and software the business needs to get the job done either becomes ‘virtual’ in nature or is provided using off-site hardware. With cloud migration, you only pay for exactly what you need, and scalability is limitless.
What Are the Benefits of Cloud Migration?
While each transition to cloud computing is unique, depending on the requirements and preferences of the business, the benefits are universal. Irrespective of the size and nature of the organisation, switching predominantly or exclusively to cloud computing has the following advantages:
Exact savings differ, but it is not uncommon for IT costs to be reduced by anything from 30% to 50% when shifting to cloud computing. This is due to the fact that you access and utilise what you need on a pay-as-you-go basis, while making use of the technology already owned by someone else. Therefore, there are no elevated initial costs and no maintenance, repair or replacement costs incurred when the equipment you are effectively ‘renting’ needs an upgrade.
One of the biggest benefits of cloud computing is how it enables any person at any time with any connected device to access the system from any location. Assuming they are authorised to do so, they can be guaranteed access to any or all of the systems they would normally access in the workplace. This is particularly useful in an era where working remotely is becoming the new norm.
As previously touched upon, the scalability of cloud computing solutions is limitless. Whether your organisation experiences rapid growth or needs to temporarily scale things down for any given reason, your service provider can make the necessary adjustments to your package. A much preferable alternative to purchasing equipment that may subsequently become inadequate, or that you never make full use of.
Last but not least, a major advantage of cloud computing is the additional security it offers – both for your data and for those accessing it. Assuming your service provider takes safety and privacy seriously, your data could be far safer than it would be housed in a traditional on-site IT infrastructure. You will also typically find that there are plenty of different levels of security available, which can be tailored in accordance with your company’s requirements.