How to move a company IT system to the cloud? At one hand, you hear that “everyone” is doing this, and at the other hand, you get stories about the high costs of something that should actually save you money. All you have to do is carefully evaluate your needs and move forward, one step at a time.
Cloud is in expansion and more and more companies are adopting it for all segments of their business. Cloud solution provider revenue is growing. According to statistics firm Statista, global revenue from public cloud services is estimated at $ 175 billion. Cloud services are growing more than 15 percent globally. The trend is obvious – cloud services are conquering the market and will become more prevalent in the future.
Whether (and what, at what point…) companies will migrate to the cloud has been the subject of much debate around the world. Discussions open many dilemmas of both business and technical nature: from lowering the cost of IT infrastructure, through availability, security, efficiency, necessity, expediency, business benefits, to the risk of vendor lock-in.
In brief, benefits of cloud computing are lower initial costs, ease of use, up-to-date (always the latest version of software), scalability and mobility. To experience the benefits, companies should approach cloud solutions in the same way as to any new technology. Cloud solutions need to be evaluated, understood and ultimately accepted only if they bring competitive advantage, lower costs and improve day-to-day business processes. The trend is that over the next 10 years, most IT services will move to something resembling the current power distribution model, meaning that IT will be treated as a consumer product. The cloud services will be substantially simpler and all that companies should know is how much it costs and where they “hook up”, like electricity.
Migrating to the cloud is the process of moving data, applications, or other business elements from servers located within a company to servers outside of companies (cloud), or moving data, in general, from one environment to another. Every company needs to evaluate the cost-effectiveness, its business needs, the costs of migration, what it can and can’t do in the cloud, as well as what it gets and what it loses with migration. So the migration issue is first and foremost an organizational one, not an IT one. The way a company performs day-to-day operations can be a significant element in its assessment. It is often forgotten that there are solutions that have been used by companies for years and that they have to adapt to the cloud environment or have to migrate to some cloud-ready solution. This is especially important when it comes to business software.
Some things are probably already in some kind of cloud – it’s just not as visible or called like that. Computer networks, servers and the Internet have been around for a long time. Most companies that have their own domain, website, and e-mail address keep these items somewhere outside the local computer network, most often with a hosting provider. These services are somehow naturally “stored” in the cloud. Companies that have internal IT infrastructure can also think of cloud solutions that would lead to a hybrid cloud.
File storage and sharing and collaboration (collaboration) has always been a challenge. Cloud tools elegantly solve this problem. Some of them are already used by companies like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or similar. If security is important (and it is), companies should ask themselves how to enable the management of those services to prevent the potential leakage of confidential information. The question is how many people already use those services before companies even know that the data is on those services. And this should be taken into account when migrating. We strongly recommend backing up and storing backups outside your company location, and the cloud may be a good solution.
Cost of moving to the Cloud
There are different costs depending on what is being moved to the Cloud. Considering all the benefits of the cloud that are most talked about, the costs are very easy to overlook, both their existence and their amount. It is therefore important that each company calculates the true costs of existing IT systems for itself, as well as to try to predict and calculate the future cost of an equivalent or better cloud solution. Direct costs are relatively easy to calculate and estimate, because they are seen by IT provider invoices: hardware and software acquisition, maintenance, or support. The problem is the costs that are not visible and obvious, they are far more complex to calculate, and here we will mention only the most basic types of indirect costs: breakdown time, the time employees currently spend on administering their own computers etc
If IT becomes in some way comparable to consumer goods, it means that without it you won’t be able to run the business. In this sense, like without electricity, mobile phone or computer, e-business can not be imagined, so it might soon be with cloud. When everyone benefits from the advantages of the cloud, this will no longer be an advantage; it will be “conditio sine qua non”, an essential condition for successful business.
How can ITAF help?
Dynamic Cloud Platform by ITAF provides Lightning-fast Internet access at all times, as well as well-designed, secure cloud infrastructures that allow for efficient data transmission, processing and storage. 24/7 monitoring, support and migration assistance with configuration adjustments and apps, are based on physical and virtual servers owned by ITAF, providing the highest levels of security, protecting your data and limiting the downtime.
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