Why move to the cloud?
While the Covid pandemic has certainly accelerated cloud adoption, the transition to hybrid and cloud native programs has been a long time coming. In fact, the cloud infrastructure as a service industry’s annual revenue has grown from almost zero to over 130 million USD in the past decade. According to Synergy Research Group, the average annual spending for physical data center hardware and software has only grown 2% in the past ten years, whereas cloud services spending has risen 52% in the same time. Understanding the market trends can help guide your digital business strategy and decision-making. Why move to the cloud if companies all have their own data storage priorities? Here are five reasons why you should seriously consider a move to the cloud—if you haven’t already.
Scalability and Elasticity
The cloud’s computing and storage abilities go beyond the requirements and needs of any individual organization, allowing for rapid and diverse scaling of both your operational locations and your company’s data sets. Cloud migration can start small, and you can resize according to your business growth at any time. Plus, with no more hardware procurement and no physical space required, cloud storage can be scaled almost infinitely, growing as you grow.
With the elasticity of the cloud model, companies can also quickly expand or compress computer processing, memory, and storage resources to meet changing demands. This elasticity allows users to optimize price performance for their unique workloads without worrying about capacity planning and engineering for peak usage.
Worried about data loss? Cloud infrastructure is designed to deliver the highest levels of data redundancy and resiliency available. Cloud architecture ensures that all elements critical to system operations have an additional, redundant component that can take over in case of disaster or failure. Unlike on-premises storage, the cloud’s built-in resiliency protects against natural disasters so that data is protected even if the entire data center is destroyed.
Compliance and Security
Most cloud services have compliance and security tools integrated into data storage, ensuring that companies can adhere to different regulations and protect their enterprise data. For example, Microsoft Azure is compliant with over 90 data storage regulations, – so that you can easily implement and comply with regulations like GDPR, HIPAA, SEC, ISO 27-001, NHS, and more.
Cloud providers also have a Defense in Depth (DiD) multi-layer security process for ensuring data safety. DiD means that if a breach does happen, hackers would have to break through multiple levels of encryption, access points, secure routes, devices, and authentications to reach your data. These security measures are implemented at each layer of your infrastructure, thoroughly protecting your data.
The costs for on-premises environments are quite substantial. Once migrated to the cloud, your cost on security, networking, compute, storage, and more IT maintenance items will be reduced, as you won’t need to procure hardware and software or manage physical storage spaces anymore. Instead, with a cloud SaaS subscription fee, your company will have a dedicated professional team to serve your IT needs. These benefits are substantial as cloud migration, on average, saves organizations 15% on all IT spending. Small and medium businesses benefit the most, as they spend up to 36% less money on IT this way.
Full Managed Services
In addition to all the above benefits, if you partner with a SaaS provider, you can get a fully managed cloud solution. A good solution partner can help you reduce most of your IT headaches with 24/7 full-time service. Your partner’s managed service team will help with comprehensive software maintenance, around-the-clock system monitoring, support management, and other services that can be customized for you.
ZL Tech, listed in the 2021 CRN Managed Service Provider and Security 100 lists, is here to help with your cloud transition journey. To learn more about how a cloud migration and a fully managed cloud service can help your enterprise, watch the ZL Tech webinar, or talk to our experts.