Why is Everyone Moving to the Cloud?
With a large remote work force nowadays and the need to reduce expenses, I’m sure you’ve heard for a while that everyone is moving to the cloud. What exactly is the cloud, where is it and why is that the major shift?
What is the cloud and where is it? To put it simply, the cloud is a vast network of remote servers that run applications, manage data, and deliver content. This network is not physical, and you connect via the internet instead of using a local or a personal device to store everything.
There are various types of clouds, including public, private and hybrid. Which type of cloud is best for your business will depend on the needs and the type of applications you need to run.
In a public cloud, you are utilizing shared resources for your hosting. Meaning several businesses share computing resources when accessing their data. This is appealing to some organizations because it eliminates the management of the equipment in the data center. Instead, your cloud provider manages it. While it is public, your data is not accessible to anyone else outside your organization.
A private cloud is dedicated to one tenant only. Their data sits on infrastructure that is owned by the customer either on premise or in a data center. The owner is responsible for any management associated with that hardware.
In a hybrid environment, there is a mix of storage and computing infrastructure between public and private clouds. This often gives businesses the most flexibility to keep some applications in a public cloud, while keeping other operations in their private cloud.
Why is there a shift to move applications to the cloud?
- Connectivity and Accessibility – Workers can connect no matter where they are. They no longer have to physically be in their office to access important work files. Even better, they can use any device from an iPad to a phone to access everything they need.
- Scalability – The great thing about cloud utilization is that it grows and shrinks with you. You only pay for what you need, when you need it.
- Cost Savings – Moving certain applications and resources to the cloud will not only help reduce your overall IT labor, but it often reduces physical hardware. You no longer have to pay large expenses to upgrade that server equipment and onsite storage devices. You will also have a predictable monthly spend, just like with any subscription model.
- Enhanced Security – Several years back, most people were concerned with the security related to the cloud. Such a large demand for these services has resulted in large investments into security surrounded around the cloud infrastructure. However, make no mistake that the cloud providers take soul responsibility for securing your data. Cloud applications make it easier and more cost effective to implement those internal best practices to protect your applications and data.
- Collaboration – Do you ever get stuck emailing files back and forth and making edits each time and then you don’t know which version you’re on? Keeping documents in the cloud allows your team to collaborate on the same document all while keeping it in a central location. Real time applications like SharePoint will show you who made edits and when, so there’s no question.
There are certainly more benefits of moving to the cloud and we would like to get to know your business and discuss them with you! If you have been thinking of making the transition, Invicta Partners is here to help. Reach out to us today at 423-664-8700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.