Initial conversations about the cloud usually center on a couple of familiar benefits. Cloud is often thought of as synonymous with infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Companies that want a scalable and flexible data center environment turn to the cloud. Cost efficiency is another frequently cited benefit of cloud. Instead of laying out major upfront expenses for hardware, companies can shift their budget to predictable operating costs.
It's time to start rethinking your approach to the cloud. Companies should maximize the cloud by leveraging its overlooked advantages.
Here's a closer look at some of the unexpected benefits of cloud:
Cloud as a Safety Net
The cloud can provide the network redundancies necessary to achieve seamless business continuity. Cloud network connections serve as a backup system, eliminating single points of failure. When you experience unexpected downtime, your network can failover to the cloud.
Complete disaster recovery can be attained by replicating both servers and the network in a cloud infrastructure. This cloud environment can be used as failover for your data center during a cyberattack, outage, or natural disaster.
Cloud network redundancies empower your company to reach high levels of availability. Uninterrupted availability is crucial if you want to establish your business as reliable and trustworthy.
Cloud for Collaboration
The cloud eliminates data silos that prevent different departments from interacting. Without silos, employees can access a complete picture of customers, clients, and business processes. Cloud saves your company money on data storage by allowing multiple applications to draw from the same data pool.
Eliminating silos enables better business collaboration. Employees can stay on the same page when they work together on projects even if they are working in different departments and offices. The cloud also works well for ERP and CRM systems that must draw data from across the business. These complex applications can be set up as software as a service (SaaS) or run on platform as a service (PaaS).
Cloud as a Springboard to Innovation
Cloud scalability is usually thought of as a benefit for companies that need to meet escalating or fluctuating workload needs. However, scalability comes in handy for more than just the data center. Provisioning infrastructure resources on demand enables companies to create cost-efficient application development and testing environments.
The RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report found that 74% of respondents were taking advantage of cloud for DevOps. Development and testing environments can be quickly assembled in the public cloud and then disassembled when the process is complete. These temporary environments can be created without disrupting production.
With cloud DevOps, applications go to market more quickly so your business can profit. 52% of respondents stated that speed to market is a benefit of cloud.
Thinking Outside the Box
The cloud has been around for a long time now, but that's no reason to get in a rut. Companies need to start exploring new ways of getting more out of the cloud. The more benefits you gain from the cloud, the greater your return on investment. Some of the hidden advantages of cloud are fringe benefits associated with services such as IaaS.
InfoSystems can help your business create a new cloud mindset. We focus on how the technologies you use influence business outcomes. Whether you are considering moving to the cloud or expanding your cloud services, we can explore the possibilities with you and guide you down the path to realizing them. InfoSystems has expertise in migrating companies to both hybrid and public cloud environments.