Solita Cloud Buyer's Guide

4. Seven reasons to move to the cloud

There are many ways for an organisation to move to the cloud. But isn’t the most important question ‘why?’? Through years of working with the cloud, we have identified seven reasons why you should consider the cloud.

4. Seven reasons to move to the cloud
  1. Use resources efficiently

    Virtualisation has introduced a degree of flexibility for in-house data centers, reducing the number of physical devices. It is still difficult to maximize efficiency – there is always too little or too much capacity available. The balancing act between required capacity and predicted need results in unnecessary investments and wasted opportunities.

    Flexibility is also an element when it comes to the large array of services that can be tuned to the specific needs of your business. As these needs could change or evolve, it is easy to have a solution that allows you to adopt new services within minutes.

    This flexibility then allows you to remove complicated infrastructure management that adds little business value. IT experts can concentrate on their core business.

  2. Fast and cheap experiments

    The cloud enables a culture of experimentation. You can use the cloud to test the functionality of a new service without major investment.

    If the service proves functional, its use can be immediately scaled up. If the desired end result is not achieved, you can simply shut down the cloud service and get rid of the running cost. This allows for bolder experimentation without great financial risk and upfront investment.

  3. There are some savings to make

    It is difficult to say if the cloud is less expensive than on-premise infrastructure – there are several dimensions to take into account – but in either case there are some interesting financial elements.

    By using the cloud, you reduce recurring IT costs. You no longer need to maintain your existing IT infrastructure and have the human capacity to do so.

    Secondly, pricing is simplified, which is a saving in itself. You only pay for the capacity you use and often have a choice between different packages. It is important not to forget that prices for pay-as-you-go services were slashed by 30-85% and sustained-use discounts for steady-state workloads were introduced.

    Thirdly, there is an interesting ‘balance sheet’ component. For many businesses, infrastructure modernization is the foundation for digital transformation.

    Cloud hereby helps companies to have a lower upfront or capital expenditure because they don’t need to purchase their own data center equipment or maintain their IT infrastructure. The decrease in CapEx (investments made for long-term benefits in the future) comes with an increase of OpEx (ongoing costs related to day-to-day operations). These CapEx savings are mostly appreciated by your CFO and his staff.

  4. Increase your agility

    When you need to have your own infrastructure, you will first have to build it. Which takes time. When you use the cloud, you can be global in minutes. As time-to-market becomes more and more crucial, this is key for a lot of businesses. The cloud is also always available, another important advantage.

  5. Vast amount of tools at your disposal

    The cloud allows you to be up-to-date all the time without any investment from you. And it offers you an extensive set of powerful tools and libraries that facilitate tasks of resource creation and management on cloud environments, in an agile way.

  6. Have the support you might need

    You not only have the support of your cloud provider on being up-to-date, there is also their helpdesk if you have specific problems. Which means less investment in your own IT team or helpdesk or allowing them to focus on their core activities.

  7. Shared responsibility

    Last but maybe foremost: the cloud provides you with multiple levels of security. The subject is on many people’s minds, as we constantly hear about large corporations being hacked.

    In the cloud, the best practice for security is called a ‘shared responsibility security model.’
    The cloud provider is responsible for the physical infrastructure, while businesses are responsible for access. This means you still have a responsibility, but it will – without any doubt – be easier to handle. It allows you to outsource many critical tasks to a provider, who has dedicated resources.

Building the foundation for the cloud

There are two ways to start using the cloud. First, you can start developing new applications to the cloud and keep the other applications in private cloud or on-premises. Secondly, you can migrate existing applications to the cloud.

Both strategies require a solid, secure and scalable foundation in the cloud. On top of this rock solid foundation, you can build your modern cloud operation that is not the bottleneck for business and application teams but rather a brokerage enabling innovation, fast prototyping, and seamless developer experience. Both strategies will be covered later in this guide.

To build a solid cloud foundation, there is a need for cloud strategy and cloud governance. This way you can ensure business driven use of Cloud and define design principles for cloud. Next, let’s look at those topics a bit closer. Continue reading or download the whole guide here.