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

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.

Companies are moving to the cloud to address their immediate needs but also to position themselves for future success. @OnixNetworking 

 

6. Discovering Where to Start

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One major benefit of moving to the cloud is that it isn’t an all-or-nothing decision. You don’t have to try and replace your entire data center on day one. You can start small by moving a few apps to the cloud for starters and see how it works. This allows you to reap the benefits of moving to the cloud and expand your migration from there. 

Take time to assess your environment and follow these guidelines to build out your own cloud journey: 

Discover:

Examine what your current computing environment looks like. Assess what needs to be moved to the cloud and what might need to stay on-premise or in co-location. You can also determine if a single-provider or multi-cloud strategy is right for you.

Analyze:

Create a proof of concept to see what type of migration plan meets your needs. At this point, you could take on a few preliminary tasks, including setting up required networking, virtual private clouds, VPNs, or other access controls.

Deliver:

Now that you have a plan that fits your needs, it’s time to start moving applications to the cloud. Reminder: You'll want to keep business continuity in mind so your teams can experience business as normal during the migration.

Evolve:

From the planning phases to the final migration, you’ll always want to keep an eye focused on your cloud computing’s ongoing evolution. Planning automation opportunities and DevOps, for example, will only enhance your cloud experience.

If you’re ready to learn more and elevate your business with the cloud today, contact us for more information

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Andy Serwatuk, Head of Solutions Architecture

Andy Serwatuk, Head of Solutions Architecture

Andy started his foray into technology at the ripe age of five tearing apart the home computer to figure out how it all worked. The next natural step was trekking down the library to borrow books on programming. (There was no World Wide Web back then). After all the schooling was done, that led to a long 10 years of working in IT in every job there was: helpdesk, datacenter admin, backup specialist, disaster recovery tech and finally... Google Administrator. I was with the first enterprise to switch to Google back in 2009. I moved around between a few organizations, all using Google. Helping them get "more for their money" and transforming the way they used the platform. This ultimately led me to Onix. I believed in Google so much, this was my opportunity to help organizations understand just how beneficial it could be.

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