Many companies have shifted their IT infrastructure towards cloud-based solutions, leading to large-scale shifts in the business and technology landscape. While some organizations prefer to own their own data centers, others prefer to outsource the hosting of their data centers to managed service providers (MSPs) or third-party cloud service providers (CSPs).
Before going ahead with this shift in the organization’s IT strategy, significant advantages must be considered.
1) IT Focus
Cloud-based providers offer the benefits of outsourcing while keeping the core responsibility of IT operations, maintenance, and security in-house. The resources to manage heavy-duty product upgrades or new cloud services can be allocated to other business areas. DevOps is a good example: using a DevOps as a service solution is a growing trend among different types of businesses because it enables automation and sharing of the process of installing, testing, and deploying applications among the IT team.
2) Cost Reduction
Cloud providers can help reduce costs by taking advantage of economies of scale, reducing duplicative infrastructure and operations expenses. The cost advantages of cloud technologies include billing efficiency and flexibility in real estate configuration (i.e., OpenStack service planes are deployed on existing data centers).
3) Enhanced Business Agility
Cloud services enable small companies to compete against larger companies. As new technologies, products, and services become available, the cloud reduces the time to market for businesses. For example, hosting a custom website on the web is much more efficient than building and maintaining servers and networks.
4) Organizational Agility
Cloud services reduce the long-term fallout when customers leave or shut down, which can be detrimental to any IT organization. Cloud services can be a replacement or backup solution during the discontinuation of internal IT processes, systems, and applications. For example, an organization may outsource its data center operations to scale cost-efficiently but still manage its IT processes internally.
Cloud solutions can be quickly deployed and scaled to handle any level of demand. One example of a cloud service is a pay-per-use infrastructure linked with an application. For example, an application providing elearning courses will need to scale quickly if a particular course becomes popular and experiences a surge in students accessing the system.
6) Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Cloud services can be used for disaster recovery and business continuity. Many cloud providers offer flexible configurations to ensure the right solution for your needs. For example, a distributed cloud storage solution that allows you to access data from different sites with different network bandwidth capabilities can improve the efficiency of a business’s operations during a disaster.
7) Technology Flexibility
DevOps as a service solutions support continuous improvements in operational performance and new releases based on current technologies, available features, and costs. For example, DevOps is designed to eliminate integration gaps between different cloud services or applications by integrating them at the earliest stage of application development or deployment.
The primary benefit of cloud services is that they allow organizations to focus on their core business while reducing costs. This can be done through some strategies, including sharing and optimizing cloud resources, automating manual processes (e.g., DevOps), and deploying third-party applications and customizable configurations. Cloud services can improve operational efficiency and span the IT lifecycle from design to deployment.