“Malaysia Airlines reduced total annual costs, including maintenance and depreciation, by about 45% by migrating to cloud computing.”
Cloud computing. Cloud migration. Cloud technology. You’ve heard the C-word mentioned in conversation for a few years now, quietly celebrated as an instant solution to some major operational issues. It can change the way business operates, they say, promising success and efficiency almost instantly… it sounds too good to be true. It’s not.
There’s a compelling reason why entire markets are making the switch. We know, change is difficult to manage. There’s a lot of moving parts, resistant voices, cultural apprehension and new technologies to contend with; but for once, the transition is essentially easy to understand once you’ve dipped your toes into the deep-end.
Breaking Down Cloud Computing – What is It?
In the clearest terms, cloud computing delivers on-demand computing services over the internet.
Think About it…
You’re already immersed in cloud computing without knowing it. Gmail, as an easy example, comes loaded with a storage drive for documents and images, in addition to electronic mail services. Every time you save a G-drive document, back-up holiday snaps or send an email, you’re interfacing with Google’s cloud system.
How Does Cloud Computing Work?
Data centre ownership and onsite infrastructure started to fall by the wayside around the same time as the Nokia 3310. Rather than relying on these old-school approaches to information storage and data hosting, businesses like yours rent access to essentials like applications, storage and database software from an off-site service provider. This sleek approach allows cost-conscious firms to dodge the astronomical cost of purchasing, maintaining and updating an IT infrastructure.
Business size doesn’t mean much to cloud technology companies. Their products are made to be scalable, delivering those much-needed and high-quality service to big business, small business and brands in-between. If cloud computing had an official credo, it would probably be something like, don’t pay for what you don’t use.
Why Should You Migrate?
We encounter this question almost every day, coupled with when and how. Beyond cost-saving opportunities, migrating traditional structures to a cloud-based solution can be inspired by a few things. Some of the most common reasons include:
Aging Hardware – Tech advances quickly. Instead of busting the ICT budget on upgrading the fleet or investing in a new data centre (that will in turn age quickly), eliminate under-utilised infrastructure and take advantage of flexible models that won’t fall behind the eight ball.
Rapidly Changing Business Requirements – Agile businesses need fluid, responsive technologies. Cloud technology will continually meet your requirements, as you can change, upgrade, add or reduce your desired services as business needs change, without needless investment.
Expiring Leases – Why not take advantage of the latest developments when the conversation is fresh, forward-thinking and absolutely relevant? Upgrade your physical centres to cloud licensing and embrace expanded capability.
Software Support – Who doesn’t need expert, unbiased back-up from time to time?
How Do You Make the Transition?
Going from A to B can be tough on businesses, particularly when B is the total opposite of business as usual. Speaking to a business like Nerve Solutions Group eliminates the potential pain of technological change, as our dedicated ICT team (in collaboration with Microsoft and Azure) handle the heavy-lifting to ensure your information makes the journey safely.
If you’re eager to learn more about the inner workings of making the switch, or if you have any ICT questions, don’t hesitate in shooting us an email across the cloud.