It’s a fact: Cloud solutions are here to stay. These services can enable organizations to disrupt traditional paradigms in favor of new ways of creating value. As a result, companies are reviewing their IT and data management strategies to identify where and how the cloud should play a role.
Considerations can include board-level mandates, strict cash flow requirements, staffing limitations, a need for greater flexibility or simply a demand for higher service levels. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that the cloud is not the answer to all problems. Multiple business and technical drivers are at work with cloud services, and they should all be evaluated to ensure the solution you choose meets your specific needs.
Here are four benefits to consider:
1. Easy on the Budget.
The large capital expenditures (CapEx) required for traditional IT projects can be a significant roadblock to actually getting those projects implemented. The cloud’s subscription-based pricing removes the barrier by eliminating the need to purchase and maintain an expensive infrastructure.
CFOs, controllers and other finance executives appreciate the tight control they have on subscription services because the expenditures are predictable. Plus, the services can be throttled up or down based on changing needs.
2. Fast Time-to-Value.
For on-premises IT projects, the financial approval alone may require weeks or months depending on budget cycles. If you miss the window for submitting your plan, it may have to wait until the next quarter or fiscal year. Once the expense is authorized, you can finally begin the lengthy processes of procurement, deployment and infrastructure provisioning.
On the other hand, with a relatively low financial entry point and lickety-split turn-up time, cloud solutions can shorten launch durations from months to days so you can start getting business results immediately.
3. Ready for the Enterprise.
The underlying technologies powering cloud solutions have evolved rapidly and are now robust enough to take on production workloads that in the past could be handled only with on-premises systems.
A cloud solution does not need to be a “diet” version of an on-premises product. In fact, many cloud offerings include more functionality than their physical progenitors because the cloud can evolve more rapidly and the software has access to more compute and storage resources. Virtualization and economies of scale lead to real-world benefits, and the pace of change is only accelerating.
4. Agile and Flexible Architecture.
Resources in the cloud can be provisioned on demand and in lockstep with your requirements to deliver maximum financial and operational efficiency.
Unlike many physical solutions, the cloud features a flexible architecture along with fast implementation, elastic computing power and massively scalable data storage to quickly respond to changing business demands. For organizations with sporadic or seasonal workloads, this eliminates the need to sustain prohibitively expensive and under-utilized capacity just to support a few enormous spikes in activity.
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When companies seek new ways to become more flexible and leaner in their use of technology, they want best-in-class capabilities. And they look for solutions that are accessible, yet can scale as they grow. But they don’t necessarily have the resources or desire to procure, install and maintain an entire IT infrastructure. In short, they want it all—but without being tied down or locked in.
That’s where cloud solutions stand apart. The cash-flow-friendly subscription model offers “as a service” access to the very same capabilities that were previously available only through large, pricey, time-consuming on-premises deployments. Easy-to-get-started cloud services require little to no environment management, which empowers companies to take advantage of top-flight capabilities with bottom-rung commitment. All that’s needed to reap new value from the cloud is network access and a willingness to implement a solution that meets your business needs.