6 Benefits of Moving to the Cloud (vs. On-Premise)

Posted by Andy Serwatuk, Head of Solutions Architecture

Sep 20, 2021

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Moving your data center to the cloud is critical in today’s fast-paced, competitive marketplace. It helps you cut back on expenses, expand your resources, and have an edge over your competitors for future success. 

As an organization considering the move, you likely are curious about the full benefits of cloud migration.

Here are 6 benefits that are moving organizations to the cloud: 

We've been seeing key trends that are driving the cloud migration process. Companies are seeking cloud computing because they are…

1. Bridging the Gaps


The gap between managing on-premise data center infrastructure and leveraging the cloud is closing faster than ever, especially now that the remote workforce has grown exponentially. As our work world continues to evolve and reshape itself, the cloud will continue to become even more prominent. 

In addition, the cloud drives better collaboration among teams in your business, bringing them together more efficiently to help drive innovation. 

Instead of struggling with bad network connections, slow servers, hard drive failures, or other common legacy environment issues, your team can use the cloud for a seamless collaboration experience. More than one person can access cloud-based documents at the same time and even work together in real-time to edit them and comment with each other in chat features to spend less time troubleshooting and more time innovating.

2. Switching Expense Models

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Many organizations have recognized the business benefits and financial gains of moving to the fluid, operational model of the cloud, which ebbs and flows with business cycles. It delivers pay-as-you-go billing — you use only what you need with the ability to scale up when you need more resources. 

3. Avoiding Unmitigated Risk

In any computing environment, there’s always a risk when corporate data is placed outside of your company’s safeguards. This includes “shadow IT,” hardware or software used by individual employees, or teams that haven’t been approved for use by your IT department. 

This doesn’t mean that employees are maliciously using these programs, but instead have adopted a new tool to simplify a repeated task or a step within a project. 

Regardless of the reason, the cloud offers stronger protection against unmitigated shadow IT risks and other security concerns, in addition to offering many tools that can help your IT team track unauthorized applications and extensions, individual user usage, and more. 

The cloud provides strong protection against data breaches and intrusions to help keep your organization safe.

4. Preparing for the Future

Businesses are moving to the cloud to address their immediate needs and to position themselves for future success, as well. 

The cloud allows you to easily and cost-efficiently leverage new technology that innovative companies — like Google — are developing and offering to the community without the need to update your infrastructure.

5. Exploring ROI Benefits

Moving one or two high visibility applications early on in the migration process allows for a higher return on investment. These typically are your high-usage systems — and by putting them into the cloud,  they enter the scalable, pay-as-you-go model to help you effectively manage costs. 

Once your business’ cloud migration is complete, you'll be able to monitor systems and identify candidates for automation and containerization. 

The generated data can also help drive additional cost reduction and provide a more holistic view of the systems, in order to make informed decisions on where to spend your IT dollars.

 

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Andy Serwatuk, Head of Solutions Architecture

Andy Serwatuk is the Head of Solutions Architecture at Onix with over 20 years of experience delivering innovative IT, SaaS, and cloud services for businesses. He holds a College Diploma in Networking and Hardware and specializes in helping organizations leverage information technology to improve connection, collaboration, and operational efficiency. Andy's experience is unparalleled because it's multifaceted. He has worked in help desk and datacenter admin roles, as well as backup specialist positions, and as a disaster recovery technician. He now manages a full solutions architecture team that assists organizations with evaluating the value and benefit of switching to Google Cloud platform. Andy is based in Toronto, Canada with his wife and 2 kids. When he's not helping teams simplify and secure their operations, you can find him playing with a 3D printer, playing board games, or 3D printing board game components.

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