Is cloud migration suitable for your business ?

Balasaravanan Venugopal
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When we think about cloud migration, there are many questions that arise in the minds of the business stakeholders. Some common myths about increased cost and increased complexity etc have been debunked by the current crisis. Many organisations have been forced to adopt cloud infrastructure to address the needs of the business. The global pandemic has accelerated the pace at which businesses worldwide are migrating to the cloud. There are many reasons why one should migrate to the cloud, some of the frequently mentioned triggers are

  • Support remote work models.

    With the work from home nature of business operations, it is more relevant that the IT infrastructure be more decentralized and support the remote work needs. The necessity to establish a remote work infrastructure is very essential to the business continuity of any organisation. Cloud infrastructure is an ideal candidate to address this requirement with solutions like virtual desktop, group communication tools and digital assets on the cloud.

  • Cost and resource efficiency.

    As more people are to be supported with the hardware and software infrastructure for the work from home requirements, it is necessary for businesses to spend in a prudential manner. Many businesses are having a crunch time during this pandemic and an upfront expenditure to perform any kind of business manoeuvre is a huge deterrent. Without having to invest much upfront and by utilizing the pay as you go model, cloud infrastructure can effectively transition teams to the needs of today.

  • Cybersecurity threats.

    Having a distributed team brings with it the demons of securing all these distributed digital assets. The persistent requirement to apply software updates for critical security vulnerabilities, protecting the digital assets from the hazards of the internet are mighty challenges for any IT team. When using the cloud compute fabric, much of the security and compliance parameters can be offloaded to the cloud infrastructure provider as they have the provision of secure and compliance baked into the infrastructure.

  • Fragile on-premise operations.

    Most business entities have an existing on-premise that is often characterised as fragile, brittle and at times archaic. To address the agile needs of the current business landscape it is essential that any forward looking business shed down the legacy infrastructure. The burden of carrying a fragile infrastructure is no longer necessary as the cloud infrastructure provides a better alternative. It is quite straightforward to replace these IT assets with an updated and better version of their earlier selves.

  • Meeting surge demand.

    The inherently scalable nature of the cloud infrastructure lends itself to to be capable of meeting the surge demands. So it is now possible to re-imagine the possibility of enhanced infrastructure capabilities without spending much upfront. The cloud infrastructure does not ask much in terms of upfront expenses and this aspect will help address the intermittent and sporadic nature of the surge demands.

Most IaaS providers enable an easier path to migration through the user friendly tools and developer workflows. It is now possible for everyone to transform a business by using an effective cloud migration strategy. Cloud migration could result in a multifold of benefits for a business entity, with the overarching benefits being

  • On-demand scaling for applications
  • Security and compliance across all environments
  • Transparent and optimised costing structure

References

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/videos/be-prepared-for-what-s-next-kick-start-your-cloud-migration/

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