Why Cloud Computing And Why Now?
As Brands Approach the IoT Era And Battle To Keep Their Data Safe, Cloud Computing Is Becoming A Key Piece of the Puzzle.
Why The Cloud?
Adopting cloud architecture still sounds like a futuristic move. But in fact, most brands have already unknowingly made the switch from on-premise to cloud. Meanwhile, there’s a whole bunch of companies who are still keeping all their data and servers on a physical server somewhere in the basement.
This means embracing the cloud is extremely crucial for brands, especially in the IoT-era. And like it or not, cloud computing is here to stay. Research firm IDC predicts IT expenditure for private and public cloud will eclipse spending on traditional data centers by 2020. The firm predicts that public cloud will account for 31.68 percent and private cloud will account for 19.82 percent, which totals to more than a half (51.5 percent).
“Growing demand for access to agile IT resources and proliferation of next-generation workloads will continue driving adoption of cloud-based services. In turn, this move leads to a shift in IT infrastructure spending from traditional enterprise on-premises deployments to data centers delivering cloud services and corporate private clouds,” said Natalya Yezkhova, IDC research director for storage systems.
The Benefits of Cloud Architecture
Most contemporary cloud architecture alleviates latency issues and increases speed across the board, simply because on-premise servers typically age, or progressively get overwhelmed with the increasing amount of data being processed.
Doing More With Less
Implementing a cloud-based architecture relieves significant workload from an organization’s IT teams. Traditionally, on-premise systems relied on servers, data centers and hardcore software coding to manage, maintain and store their system — all of which managed by an IT team. Cloud architecture can reduce IT operating costs without heavily impacting the organization’s IT capabilities.
Scalability & Flexibility
Cloud-based computing is ideal for brands that have a growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. It allows brands to easily scale up their cloud capacity by simply changing their usage plan. Likewise, if a brand wants to scale down, then the brand’s cloud-based provider can accommodate this as well.
The level of flexibility provided by a cloud-based system can give businesses a competitive advantage. So it comes as no surprise to see IT directors and CIOs ranking ‘operational agility’ as a top driver for cloud adoption, as according to Gartner study.
Better Disaster Recovery
It’s a no-brainer for businesses of all sizes to invest in a robust, comprehensive disaster recovery program. But for small businesses and start-ups, that lack of initial capital funding and expertise, investing in a recovery system is more of a distant dream. Thankfully, cloud architecture is helping these smaller organizations to buck that trend.
Automatic Software Updates
Conventional architecture required a significant amount of time and internal resources to manage, maintain and keep the system up-to-date. Deploying updates requires systems to go under downtime and become unavailable.
Whereas, with cloud computing, the servers are off-premise and out of your hair. Cloud providers can take the strain of rolling out mandatory software and security updates. Meaning, brands don’t have to waste their time in maintaining the system. Leaving them free to focus on things that matter, like growing their business.
Your cloud strategy should include a plan for when the cloud goes down. Get in contact with AlphaBravo to discuss your cloud strategy.