Your servers are dedicated, but that doesn't mean you have to be. They can be costly, unreliable and high maintenance. Who needs that? Not your company. Why not resolve to break up with your servers and give cloud solutions a try in 2018?
Why Should I Leave My Servers?
Forget about data center maintenance, expensive infrastructure and a legacy backup footprint; now is the time to switch gears and focus on adopting cloud solutions to elevate your business to the next level.
Cloud infrastructure services growth is exponential right now. Recent statistics from Canalys show three segment leaders, all climbing in the cloud business, with AWS at around 40 percent growth, Microsoft at 90 percent — and Google at around 75 percent growth in Q3 of 2017.
A recent report from Forrester anticipates AWS, Google and Microsoft will capture 76 percent of all cloud platform revenue in 2018, expanding to 80 percent by 2020. And about 10 percent of enterprise traffic will move from carrier backbones to colocation and cloud service providers.
These numbers don’t lie. Businesses are embracing the cloud as a way to elevate productivity, collaboration and value. This migration will only continue to grow, strengthening the cloud’s power and security.
“It’s time to break up with those on-premise servers,” says Greg Hohenbrink, Onix’s Manager of Cloud Solutions Engineers. “When you think about the impact your data center has on your operations budget and capital expenditures, not to mention your facility’s square footage, migrating your IT infrastructure to the cloud can transform your business from many different angles.”
It’s natural to have mixed emotions about leaving a long-term relationship like the one with your servers. Change is hard, but it’s also worthwhile.
What About Security?
Security concerns are usually the first thing that surface when we discussing the cloud with companies pondering a server break-up.
Think of it this way; your internal IT team ensures your servers are updated against threats, provide data redundancy — and eliminate unplanned downtime every day. That’s a tall order because the team is also responsible for driving innovation for your company. So, team members need to be many places at once. And, sometimes, this means overlooked threats may evade in-place protections.
“The cloud is a bit different. Our partners, such as Google, began in the cloud and understand its specific security needs, often well before threats even become public knowledge,” says Greg Heier, Onix’s Director of Cloud Solutions. “They have security teams of data engineers uncovering vulnerabilities and fixing them before you even have time to worry.”
Take the recent announcement about the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities that came to light earlier this month. Google was ahead of the game. Its engineers discovered and patched the threat, completing the task across all Google servers by the same day the threat became public.
Why? Because its dedicated engineering teams had a long head start tackling this threat. They were ready and prepared; thus, Google users were protected.
That’s the power of the cloud and having dedicated teams focused on the cloud — and only the cloud so your IT department can do what they do best, move your company forward.
Do I Have to Make a Clean Break?
As you navigate your big breakup, remember: A cloud journey isn’t all or nothing. You can start small and work your way into elevating your business with cloud computing one application at a time.
“It’s easier to make a case for it than saying, ‘We are going to replace the entire data center on day one.’” Hohenbrink says. “You want to prove that this is a future-proof technology that has a place in your organization.”
Find a safe, highly functional application to migrate. Doing this allows you to prove to your leadership that the cloud isn’t a scary beast. Perhaps try a one-off business application for the finance team to start.
Or, elevate your marketing department or advertising team to the cloud. There is minimal business risk to bring these to a cloud-supported model outside of IT.
“You can prove out and solve pain points on a small scale,” Heier says. “Dip your toe in the water and prove them wrong. Make it safe for them by opening the door a little bit at a time.”
You'll find multiple solutions to make the first step, everything from quick-start packages — to migration plans —to full-fledged methodologies for migrating your entire data center to the cloud. It's your choice.
“You put your business under your command,” Hohenbrink says. “How much better would you sleep at night if you didn’t have to worry about your relationship with your data center? I’m betting quite soundly.”
Want to learn more about cloud solutions and data center migration planning and best practices? Listen to our recent webinar for more tips and inspiration about making the decision to swipe left on your server — and right for the cloud.