Operating Expenditure vs Capital Expenditure
The challenge faced by any business maintaining an on premise infrastructure is forecasting expected expenditure, based on changing demands of the business. This could include functionality development and the associated costs of upgrading your infrastructure to support this, through to refreshing hardware or delivering DR to make the systems more robust and available. With Cloud deployment, these issues disappear. You pay a fixed price per user per month with no surprises. The solution scales proportionately with your business, as and when required, so if you take on temporary workforce, you simply add the users and remove them when you need to.
With no upfront or sporadic large Cap-Ex investment for your IT infrastructure, IT shouldn’t be the cause of any cash flow issues.
When your systems aren’t available, your business will suffer. Any good Cloud provider will have a proactive approach to managing and monitoring the system and will deliver out of hour’s maintenance to eliminate downtime. Every part of the system should be closely monitored which will alert the Cloud provider to potential problems. Issues should be quickly evaluated and dealt with before any users are affected.
High specification hardware infrastructure
Information technology has to be one, if not the fastest changing industry rendering some technologies obsolete within twelve months, while others may be relevant for a few more years. New technologies are rapidly changing the landscape but some bring with them performance problems. By moving your infrastructure into the Cloud, generally means that you are able to run your applications on high end Enterprise class hardware and software infrastructure platforms.
Whether you have a remote or roaming workforce, or you have cause to relocate your business, your Cloud system doesn’t move and it’s always available. It should be secure and accessible at any time.
Secure and Compliant
The level of security and the type of technology deployed in the Cloud means that your data is in a safer place at a secure Data-Centre facility, than if it were sitting on hardware in your offices. It is a common misconception that Cloud technology makes your data publicly available to anyone over the internet – your data sits behind more enhanced security technology to protect it from internet interference. For those businesses who keep their data on premise, their data is vulnerable via their internet connectivity.
Time and Resources
The day to day challenges of managing your infrastructure are gone, you can make better use your time and resources by developing your business systems and processes.