In the year 2020, the Cloud has become an indispensable part of the business world. We therefore see that many companies have already made the step to the private, public or hybrid cloud and that others have put this item at the top of their agenda, ready to be implemented. Do you belong to the last group and do you need one last push to convince yourself? Then be sure to read on, we have listed a few benefits especially for you!
In our personal opinion, this is one of the biggest advantages of the Cloud. As a business manager, you never know what the future will bring for you. Will there be growth or will you be forced to downsize? When all your data and applications are on premise, it will be difficult to deal with these changing circumstances. The Cloud on the other hand, is flexible so you can easily increase or decrease capacity.
Because with Cloud Services you only pay for what you use, we see a cost shift when migrating from on premise to the cloud. With on premise storage you have both CAPEX and OPEX costs and with cloud storage you’ll primarily have OPEX costs.
CAPital EXpenditures or CAPEX cost refers to the cost of developing or delivering non-consumable parts of a product or service. In other words, it is something that is purchased once-only such as:
– Physical servers
– Physical storage space
– Cooling systems
OPerating EXpenses (operating expenses) or OPEX costs indicate the recurring costs that a company incurs in providing services or products such as:
– Hardware maintenance
– Personnel costs
So be sure to take the above-mentioned things into account when you make a cost calculation for your company.
Automation is a logical consequence when you choose for a Cloud strategy within your company. It ensures that processes can be modernized and that data will be used in an optimal way. Automation allows the IT department to take advantage of ‘gained’ time, which they can use to add extra value and gives them the opportunity to anticipate to new developments in a timely manner. As a company you should therefore not consider automation as ‘something that steals the work away from your people’, but as ‘something that supports your people and relieves them of routine work‘.
We already mentioned it briefly: the Cloud offers you as a company the possibility to upscale or downscale whenever you want. Unlike on premise storage, you don’t have to wonder whether your storage is too big or too small because it adapts to your needs at that particular moment. The shift to the Cloud also has benefits for smaller businesses. They benefit from this new infrastructure thanks to the ‘you only pay for what you use’ principle.
Security is one of the most common concerns we hear from customers when they consider migrating to the Cloud. However, we would like to emphasize that this is not necessary because every Cloud Provider has a team of experts that is dedicated to monitoring new trends and developments within cybersecurity on a daily basis. In other words: because they specialize in this matter and have different clients at their disposal, they can dedicate far more time and money to this than you as a company ever could. Of course, there is never a 100% guarantee that no cyber attack will take place, but the chances are way smaller.
Data is the new gold and must be guaranteed with the required security. So we don’t have to tell you that it’s no superfluous luxury to bet on data continuity within your company and let the Cloud be perfect for this purpose! Why? Because its reliability and scalability is fully up to date and restoring your data and servers after an incident can be done in no time. In this way you can limit the downtime of your business and get back to work quickly!
Do you want to make the leap to the Cloud yourself? Would you like additional information? Don’t hesitate to contact us. Together with you, we will go through all the possibilities of the (hybrid) cloud and see how we can best handle the migration within your company.