If you’re running a business, chances are you’re already using some service from cloud providers. This could be your accounting program, a data-storage application or a project-management tool.
And you’re probably wondering how your business could be further leveraging the cloud to increase efficiency and reduce running costs. More and more businesses are moving away from on-premise servers and infrastructure, instead adopting a total cloud IT environment.
According to research from the International Data Corporation, global IT hardware budgets for on-premise infrastructure were predicted to decline by four per cent in 2016, as service providers and enterprises move to the cloud.
Having your entire IT environment in the cloud reduces the need to host, update, maintain or backup IT environments, so you no longer have to invest in on-premise servers, expensive hardware and support costs.
Deciding which type of cloud (public, private or a hybrid) is best for your business will depend on the level of resources you have to commit and how you’re planning to utilise the cloud.
Public cloud providers
Public cloud has been the fastest growing cloud segment to date and is dominated by providers such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft. These services provided are standardised and offered to many clients who all share the same infrastructure.
Its benefits include:
Its challenges are:
Private cloud providers
The biggest misconception about private cloud is that it is on-premise, hosted in an organisation’s data centre. While this can be the case, a growing segment is off-premise. By using a private cloud provider, you take advantage of shared IT resources across multiple applications and/or locations.
Its benefits are:
Its challenges are:
If you’re looking at moving more of your business to the cloud this year, there are plenty of options to choose from. By understanding what different options offer, you can make a more informed decision for your business that will hopefully help you run more efficiently and enable growth.
Andrew Tucker, CEO, ITonCloud