You don’t have to own a theater just to watch a movie. The argument for cloud adoption is almost that straightforward.
Moving data and tasks to the Cloud allows businesses to acquire IT infrastructure resources quickly and pay for what they use without capital investment. It’s a simple idea that gets complex fast.
The benefits are many. You can deploy more efficiently by offloading the burden of purchasing, implementing, supporting, and managing IT resources. Take full advantage of utility pricing. And (the rally cry of lean times) use only what you need.
Cloud adoption allows IT to better respond to business needs and achieve better visibility of usage. Through the Cloud, project funds are used on an as-needed basis allowing for predictable pricing. And engineers spend fewer resources on break/fix and more on (drumroll please…) core business delivery.
All of which makes the corner office sit up and ask you to explain this cloud thing.
Simply put, cloud computing is an approach to computing that leverages the efficient pooling of data center resources on or off premise and makes them available on demand to be consumed as a service. You likely use cloud computing in several areas of your personal and business life. (Was the last movie you watched online or in a traditional theater?)
Think about how you want to consume technology going forward. Here is how the Cloud is different:
- Packaged typically as a utility
- Service levels, guaranteed availability, and security instead of hardware
- Leverages the buying power of the provider
Taking steps to the Cloud is easier with a trusted partner. Use the expertise of managed service providers with a cloud strategy. Experience counts, especially when it comes to the morass of implementing, deploying, and utilizing different technologies and platforms. This isn’t the time to take a flying leap without a net.
If something breaks or goes wrong, how bad will it be? How soon will you know? Having experts to call can make the difference between a teaching moment and resource-sucking chaos.
Discuss your options and determine together what levels of self-service and managed services you will require. If you’re wondering if it’ll fit in the cloud, ask yourself if it should be or is currently virtualized.
Use others’ expertise and experience to craft an effective cloud strategy that is both defensive and offensive. In the Cloud ecosystem hub, it can be a struggle to bring together all cloud resources. Two principles to success are find a partner and get started.