The evolutionary time-scale of technology has been compressing – meaning that development and change is occurring ever more quickly within our technological world. Businesses are presented with a plethora of choices to help them achieve their goals, but it can be difficult to wade through the benefits of each. When breaking down the benefits of cloud computing, there are many factors to consider.
Everyone is familiar with the term “cloud computing” at this point, but what can cloud computing do for your business? While it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, some variation of cloud computing could be the answer to your company’s networking needs, under the right circumstances.
For start-up businesses, the decision is a fairly easy one. Just go cloud! There are little to no upfront costs and the solution will grow as the company grows. Time is always a factor, so having your servers in the cloud gets you up and running within hours, not weeks. Additionally, start-up businesses don’t typically have the staff required to maintain and monitor servers and applications. Cloud servers allow you to focus your time and energy on getting your new venture off the ground.
Established businesses also reap many of the same benefits – lower costs, dynamic growth, reduced IT staff, compliance, and simplified backup and disaster recovery. Developing a migration plan to the cloud is the main challenge in this scenario. You’ll need to answer some of the below questions when developing your migration plan:
- Does it make financial sense?
- Is a hybrid environment of physical and cloud right for the business?
But, you don’t have to answer them alone. The right approach is to consult a partner with expertise in cloud migration strategy, like Host.net. Our team can both qualify the network and applications for a cloud environment and formulate a plan to get there with minimal disruption. Without a proven partner to assist, you’ll have some major migration issues to overcome.
Some common migration challenges include:
- Due diligence
- Getting the right people on board (partners, employees, etc.)
- Unifying multiple cloud environments
- Developing a comprehensive strategy – for now and for the future
Host.net will examine your network, applications and other requirements to analyze the feasibility of going to the cloud and the costs involved. Once the qualifications have been performed, a migration plan can be created detailing each step, along with a timeline. Our team takes every aspect of the business into consideration during strategy development, including the vastly nebulous subjects of network security, backup, disaster recovery, user experience and customer experience.
If you are contemplating moving your business to the cloud, feel free to contact us for a free risk assessment. Preparation is key! With Host.net as a partner, you will develop a cloud strategy that gives you peace of mind.