July 13, 2016
It’s safe to say that cloud computing is on the rise. The niche has a 22.8 percent compound annual growth rate and is projected to raise $127.5 billion in revenue by 2018. But even with these optimistic numbers, businesses still feel reluctant about taking the plunge and migrating to the cloud.
From a technical standpoint, the whole process might be a bit challenging – you may need to refactor certain apps to make them cloud-friendly; decide which apps are worth migrating in the first place and map out an efficient overall architecture. However, from the user’s standpoint cloud apps are often synonymous to better experience.
Not sure if the cloud is worth it for your company? Consider the following 5 factors prior to making the final decision.
More Flexible Capacity
Any startup creator’s worst nightmare is when your project finally takes off… and then the website crashes unexpectedly, leading you to deal with tons of frustrated users and attracting unwanted media attention.
Are you sure your app can survive a sudden traffic spike? If you are opting for standard data center, you should inquire whether your provider is capable of provisioning (or deprovisioning) resources almost instantly and how much will that cost you?
Cloud services, on the contrary, come with a built-in toolkit to ensure rapid elasticity in form of an on-demand instant access to infinite resources (e.g. Virtual Machines). In that case, you pay for exactly what you need – the cloud neither over-provisions nor under-provisions you. Everything is done quickly and often automatically.
A traditional infrastructure provider may need hours (or even days) to adapt the workload up to your current demands as they require manual intervention to complete this action.
Joshua Greenbaum, analyst at Enterprise Applications Consulting, states that the main modern cyber threats come from a combination of internal and external factors – which small, mid-size and large corporations are equally prone to. However, hiring a pro cybersecurity expert gets more challenging as the demand for complex solutions increases and hence, the overhead costs of maintaining an in-house security specialist become less affordable to the majority of businesses.
In the meantime, top cloud companies like Microsoft (Azure), Amazon (AWS), Google and Apple can attract the best talents and apply it to all cloud customers. At the same time, having access to a large set of companies allows cloud service providers to be more comprehensive of threat detection and prevention.
Lower Running and Maintenance Costs
Investing in premium IT infrastructure shouldn’t be on top of your startup’s expenses list if you can opt for cloud storage. The vast majority of cloud service providers don’t require long-term commitment and offer affordable monthly payment plans.
You pay as you go and don’t overspend on the extra capacity you currently don’t need. In general, the pricing is based either on the number of hours if you opt for pre-configured VMs; of GB for bandwidth, storage, data transfer etc.
Faster Time To Market
Savvy entrepreneurs spot new opportunities instantly, make quick decisions and prefer to implement new product features fast, push code and release as soon as possible. Cloud computing is agile enough to accommodate fast releases, whereas traditional service providers may ask you to send forms and inquiries weeks in advance and afterwards wait for some more weeks till they approve the decision.
More Efficient Disaster Recovery
How will your app handle unexpected disasters e.g. network/power outages, natural disasters or a physical damage to your data center building?
Your business needs to have a DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan) to avoid any wrong decisions and minimize the loss in case anything out-of-ordinary occurs. Unfortunately, most businesses either don’t have a DRP at all, or have an outdated, badly streamlined and architected plan full of gaps. Sadly, this is typically discovered when actually facing the crisis.
Most cloud providers are resilient by design and offer a vast array of tools and configurations to ensure your business doesn’t get affected badly and that all the data could be easily recovered.
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