In 2020, the Cloud has become an indispensable part of the business world. We see that many companies have already made the step to the private, public or hybrid cloud and that this item is at the top of the agenda for others, ready to be implemented. Do you belong to the latter group and do you need one last push to convince yourself? Then read on, we have listed some advantages for you!
We personally think this is one of the biggest advantages of the Cloud. As a business owner, you never know what the future will bring for you. Will there be growth or will you be forced to downsize? When all your data and applications are on premise, it becomes difficult to deal with these changing circumstances. The Cloud, on the other hand, is flexible, so you can easily increase or decrease the capacity.
Because with Cloud services you only pay for what you use , we see a shift in costs when migrating from on-premise to the cloud. Where with on-premise storage you have both CAPEX and OPEX costs, you see that with cloud storage this shifts to (mainly) OPEX costs.
CAPital EXpenditures (capital expenditure) or CAPEX cost refers to the cost of developing or supplying non-consumable parts of a product or service. In other words, it is something that is purchased once, such as:
OPerating EXpenses (operating costs) or OPEX costs refers to the recurring costs that a company incurs for services or products such as:
– Hardware maintenance
– Personnel costs
Automation is a logical consequence when you choose a Cloud strategy within your company. It ensures that processes can be modernized and that data will be used optimally . Thanks to the automation, the IT department can take advantage of ‘gained’ time that they can use to add extra value and to anticipate new developments in a timely manner. As a company, you should therefore not regard automation as ‘something that takes the work off your people’, but as ‘something that supports your people and relieves them of routine work ‘.
We already mentioned it briefly: the Cloud offers you as a company the possibility to upscale or downscale whenever you want . Unlike on-premise storage, you don’t have to constantly ask yourself whether your storage is too big or too small because it adapts to your needs at that moment. The shift to the Cloud also benefits smaller businesses . They benefit from this new infrastructure thanks to the ‘ you only pay for what you use ‘ principle.
Security is one of the concerns we often hear from customers when they consider migrating to the Cloud. However, we would like to emphasize that this is not necessary because every Cloud provider has a team of experts that deals with the following up on new trends and developments within cybersecurity. In other words: because they are specialized in this and have different customers, they can free up much more time and money for this than you as a company could. Of course there is never a 100% guarantee that a cyber attack will not take place, but the chance is much smaller.
Data is the new gold and must be safeguarded with the necessary security . So we don’t have to tell you that it is not a superfluous luxury to focus on data continuity within your company and let the Cloud be perfect for this! Why? Because the reliability and scalability of this is fully operational and the recovery of your data and servers after an incident can be done in no time . This way you limit the downtime of your business and you can get back to work quickly!
Do you want to make the jump to the Cloud yourself? Would you like additional information? Then be sure to contact us. Together with you, we go over all the possibilities of the (hybrid) cloud and look at how we can best approach the migration within your company.