Cloud Adoption 101: 4 Main Reasons for Cloud Adoption

The cloud is gaining much wider acceptance, but not everyone still has made the move away from an on-premise environment. If you’re reading this, chances are your organization might be one of those that are still considering what to do. 

You get major benefits when you move to cloud computing infrastructure and become fully invested in harnessing the cloud’s capabilities. When you do embrace all that the cloud has to offer and learn what to know before you migrate, you truly will be a cloud-first organization. It’s simple Cloud Adoption 101.

Exploring Four Main Reasons for Cloud Adoption

There are many reasons why any given organization would consider moving to a cloud computing environment. No two journeys are the same, but there are several drivers that most organizations consider. If you’re on the proverbial fence about making the switch, it's time to put aside any cloud myths you've heard and examine these four main reasons for cloud adoption to help you decide.

The cloud drives operational efficiency

First, don’t think of the cloud as a cost center but rather a tool to help you increase operational efficiency, something that is likely lacking with your current infrastructure. Your cloud strategy should align with your organizational one and take budget, operations and transformation into account.

As you examine where you are now and where you could be operationally if you move to the cloud, you’ll want to ask yourself these questions:

  • What does it cost to run my organization’s current computing environment?
  • What costs will I eliminate when it comes to moving to the cloud?
  • How much will it cost to migrate to the cloud and how long will it take me to recoup that expenditure?

When you’re in an on-premise environment using legacy processes and procedures, you could find yourself in technical and operational debt. budget is one of the reasons for cloud adoption

Your budget goes to maintaining older capital equipment, namely, your servers/hosts. Your IT department’s efforts go to supporting these servers, from syncing to running maintenance activities to troubleshooting unplanned outages and downtime.

What’s more, there’s a good chance your on-premise server is oversized and not optimized. You’re likely paying for more power and storage capacity than you need. Many of our customers realize this once they move to a pay-as-you-go model in the cloud.

There’s a real opportunity to reduce costs in a cloud-first environment, one that’s considered to be an operational expense vs. a capital one.

There’s a real opportunity to reduce costs in a cloud-first environment, one that’s considered to be an operational expense vs. a capital one. @OnixNetworking

The cloud helps you avoid unmitigated risk

In any computing environment, there’s always a risk when corporate data is placed outside of your company’s protective 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 big project. It might happen because your IT department is too slow to approve a request, or it might be the workers who don’t know they need to make a request.

Regardless of the reason, the cloud offers stronger protection against unmitigated shadow IT risks and other security red flags. The cloud offers many tools that can help your IT team track unauthorized applications and extensions, individual user usage and more. It provides stronger protection against data breaches and intrusions than a legacy server environment would.

The cloud improves business viscosity

What happens when you can’t quickly access the data you need to make key business decisions? You might miss out on a big win and a larger grab of market share. 

If you can’t move easily and fluidly from research to decision-making in your current environment, it’s time to rethink how you work and how you manage your data. Organizations that have adopted a cloud-first mindset will be the first to tell you that operations became much more nimble thanks to always-on, accessible data to drive decisions.

How? First, all of your information is stored in one place and is accessible from any device, from anywhere in the world at any given time. If you’re on the road but need to look up information to help close a big deal that’s pending, you can do that, even if you aren’t on your work laptop at your desk. 

You’re not tied down to a hard drive or slow-to-use virtual private network (VPN). You don’t even need to connect to WiFi if you have a mobile connection on a phone or tablet. No matter how you access the cloud, you’ll get a seamless connection.

This also drives better team collaboration. 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.improved collaboration in one of the reasons for cloud adoption

The cloud also gives you the computing power to manage larger amounts of data and users. When usage surges, the cloud can adapt to that, without causing data accessibility issues. When it drops back down, the cloud’s compute capacity scales back with it.

The cloud allows innovation to thrive

If your teams are struggling with bad network connections, slow servers, hard drive failures and other pitfalls common to legacy environments, then they are focusing more time on getting the system to work than to use it to innovate the next big idea for your organization.

How can they innovate in the cloud? Through improved avenues for communication and collaboration with each other, as mentioned above. Brainstorming isn’t limited to a group around a physical conference room table. You also have one document in which everyone can access together and share ideas rather than using a file that only allows one user to use it at the same time.

When teams are more productive, they have time to be more creative. When they are more creative, that’s when they start innovating. The cloud helps drive this.

This is just a brief look at four big reasons for cloud adoption. There are many other cloud migration advantages, and with this in mind, there’s no better time than today to start investigating if a cloud computing revolution is right for your organization.

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Nickolaos Contaxakis, Cloud Solutions Engineer

Nickolaos Contaxakis, Cloud Solutions Engineer

A seasoned IT consultant with over 25 years of experience, Nick has run his own consulting business and worked for a variety of organizations including some of the biggest names in the industry. A self-admitted geek, he is recognized for his passion and curiosity for everything that is technology related.

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