If your business has not made the cloud migration leap, you may have hit some roadblocks. Whether you’re struggling to meet the remote demands of 2021, or you’re constantly busy maintaining a server room, it’s not too late for cloud development. With 60% of workloads running on cloud computing, it’s clear that it holds many benefits to transforming a business.
The cloud is software or services that are accessed through the Internet rather than locally on physical servers or computers. Whatever the reason, some businesses have yet to embrace the cloud even though there are many advantages. This blog outlines a few of the benefits to migrating to the cloud.
Benefits of Cloud Migration
There are many benefits in migrating to the cloud. This blog outlines four of them: security, efficiency, scalability, and reduced IT costs.
One of the biggest reasons why businesses are concerned with cloud migration is security. Is the cloud as safe as traditional systems? The simple answer is yes. When done correctly, the cloud can actually be even more effective.
The cloud keeps data secure when encryption standards are put into place. Encryption is a way of mixing up data so only authorized parties can understand it, and it keeps data more secure by converting it into a code with complex algorithms. Unfortunately, almost half of all businesses don’t have their cloud databases properly encrypted. This poses a huge threat to their data security, and it must be rectified if they want their information kept safe.
How can you make sure your data is safe on the cloud? Make sure you understand how much security you are responsible for as all cloud providers are not the same. Once you know this, control who has access to the data and keep the credentials safe.
Cloud migration helps your business run more efficiently. Because your data is stored in the cloud, it can be accessed at any time no matter what happens to your physical servers. Business information can also be accessed by approved individuals from anywhere. This is extremely helpful in situations where working remote is necessary (like during a pandemic).
The accessibility of the cloud improves collaboration for your teams as well. All employees can access the same data. Cloud migration can speed up processes even if they’re not sharing the same physical space. Real-time updates to the same projects improve efficiency.
Migrating to the cloud means your organization can better scale up or down depending on your unique business needs. It allows you to manage your IT resources at any time. Before the cloud, if a business wanted to scale up, they would physically need to create more space for server rooms. Because you don’t need physical space on the cloud, it makes things much easier to scale.
The cloud gives you total control of your resources. With the days of server rooms behind you, you’ll no longer need to tie up your capital when expanding. There are no restrictions with the cloud.
Reduced IT Costs
In the long run, cloud migration will save your business money. Because the cloud is scalable in nature, you only pay for what you use. Instead of upholding a physical server, a cloud service can provide you with only what you need. There are no upfront costs either as you don’t have to run your own server.
Cloud migration also means you can free up human capital. IT professionals can be costly with salaries and benefits. With the cloud, you won’t have to recruit more employees to maintain your servers. You’ll be able to use your IT staff to their fullest potential without getting hung up on preserving data via hardware. Instead, they can be positioned to work in other areas to maximize business efficiency.
Types of Cloud Computing Systems
There are different forms of cloud computing depending on how much control you want to have. SaaS and IaaS are two cloud-based systems that you can choose from.
“Software as a Service” (SaaS) refers to cloud-based software that is hosted online by a company. SaaS is available for purchase on a subscription or license basis and delivered via the Internet. SaaS is great for when you want to access your software from everywhere (as long as you have Internet).
SaaS helps keep costs low as it is managed by third-party services. With SaaS, you don’t need to manage or deploy the software itself.
“Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) is cloud-based infrastructure resources that are delivered to organizations via virtualization technology that helps build/manage their servers. IaaS is essentially a virtual data center.
IaaS is better for companies who want complete control of their application as there is still maintenance required. The IaaS providers manage the servers and storage, but you would manage the application as it fits your business.
Migrate to the Cloud Today!
There’s no doubt that migrating to the cloud will take your business to the next level. If you’re ready to take the leap, Code Authority’s team of cloud developers can help. Contact us today for a free project estimate!