At Workstate, we’re huge fans of the power and the advantages of cloud computing. If you’re new to the idea of cloud, we’d like to share some of the reasons that you should have a cloud strategy. If your entire view of cloud computing is “running software on someone else’s computer,” then you're missing out on the best bits. If you’re experienced with cloud computing, read on to see if you are taking advantage of both the computing power, as well as the software power of the cloud.
A Focus on Your Business
Imagine that your business had to generate its own electricity, supply its own water, and even produce its own food for all of your employees. You could, but why would you? The same basic principles apply when you consider that your company has an entire IT department dedicated to supplying your own computing and software development power.
Cloud computing lets you focus on your business, not the business of computing hardware, or the business of software development.
Cloud Computing Is a Time Machine
Weeks, months and years are reduced to minutes, hours and days when it comes to the provisioning of hardware and software with the cloud. Consider the traditional process of provisioning hardware and software to support a business application.
You spend months gathering requirements, purchasing, and setting up your new equipment and software. Chances are that by the time you finish and start to use it, your investment is already months, or even years, out of date.
Cloud computing eliminates most of that time-consuming process, and it also lets you make changes any time, on-the-fly, to adjust to new information. As compared to traditional processes, these changes can happen in practically no time at all.
Cloud Software Is Better Software
In a traditional software development model, you have to constrain and build your applications to fit the capabilities of the environment. You may be limited by CPU, storage, RAM, or an older version of a database. A process like this changes the focus of your software developers from “What great things can I code?” to “What are the constraints of my environment?”
In contrast to traditional software development; cloud-based software development marries the environment to fit the needs of the software.
Access to Capabilities Normally Out of Your Reach
With cloud computing, you can design your environment so that the statement, “I never want to run out of CPU, RAM and storage” becomes a reality.
Do you want low latency and fast access to your web application and media, almost anywhere in the world? With cloud computing, this is available to everyone with click-to-configure ease.
You can test changes – such as software upgrades, commercial software version upgrades, or even environment tuning – by simply copying your current environment, and then throwing it away when it’s no longer needed.
Machine Learning and AI tools (such as voice recognition, image and video processing, and big data analysis) are readily available to anyone that needs these complex tools in an easy to consume service.
Capex and Opex: Pay for only what you use and get out of the business of buying and managing computer hardware.
Scalability: Don’t worry about meeting demand for CPU, storage, RAM, or network resources.
Agility: You can test new environments or prototype new systems in less than a day; usually in minutes.
High Availability and Business Continuity: Your applications can have zero downtime.
Disaster Recovery: You can recover more quickly from disasters.
Security: Public cloud is more secure in its infrastructure. IAM is built in, and encryption is available. All access must be explicitly granted. Assuming, of course, you don't introduce your own security issues.
Compliance: Compliance requirements are built into the framework. If the cloud is compliant, you will gain compliance – assuming you don't introduce compliance issues.
Auditable: You can monitor and audit all aspects of your cloud.
Here are some of our favorite resources to help you learn more about the benefits you can expect to realize as a part of your cloud migration.
- Security: Cloud Security Is Taking Over Cybersecurity, and Other Takeaways from RSA Conference
- How to Migrate: The 5 Steps of Every Cloud Migration
- How to Migrate: The #1 Way to Start Your Cloud Lift and Shift Readiness Assessment
- Disaster Recovery: Whitepapers On Using Cloud Migration Tools to Prevent Downtime
- Tool: Amazon AWS Total Cost of Ownership Calculator