Most often, the big question that pops up in your mind is - Why migrate to the cloud? The reasons are plenty, but you already know the basic one—to inject innovation, agility, and clarity in business operations. As a matter of fact, cloud adds flexibility and redefines your IT infrastructure in its entirety; letting you focus on what actually matters - your core business. Apart from this, the efficiency of cloud can be leveraged to host almost all types of business applications with minimal efforts.
As you can see, the benefits of cloud migration are enormous; and they all converge towards a single point – it saves your money. Large organizations across the globe have already adopted cloud as the heart of their IT operations. And if you are running an SMB (Small and Midsized Business), we bet you are on the right track.
Let’s focus on how can cloud help you optimize your IT costs.
No Capital Costs
Yes, you heard that right. It is an obvious fact that when you adopt cloud, you need not manage servers anymore. Your data resides on the cloud provider’s servers. Thus, saving you the capital investment costs involved in installing servers. This is one major turnaround of migrating to the cloud arena.
No Maintenance Costs
If you don’t need to install servers on-premises, you are also free from the maintenance costs involved. Apart from staging an entire IT infrastructure on the cloud, cloud providers are also responsible for the maintenance costs. In simple terms, you don’t even have to think about the complexity involved in managing a plethora of hardware and server issues; helping you maintain business continuity.\
It’s Environment-Friendly—Low Energy Costs
It's a no-brainer that servers consume heavy loads of power even if they are kept idle. But, now that your servers reside on your cloud provider’s premises, there will be a considerable amount of energy savings, and of course, the costs associated with it. Whether it is the services, or data storage, or the electricity, you only pay for what you consume; minimizing the TCO effectively.
No Disaster Recovery Costs
Disaster Recovery planning and implementation require a great deal of time and money. Moreover, it requires you to store massive amounts of backups that could probably take a long time to access in the event of an emergency. But, moving to the cloud not only helps you with the DR planning and implementation but also accelerates the process and saves costs without interrupting your core business.
Apart from providing a competitive edge in terms of cost optimization, the ‘cloud’ has indeed become a disruptive technology that adds agility to businesses. Harnessing its capabilities, you can tailor the usage of services based on your specific business needs.
Originally published , updated March 15 2018