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Never change a running system or identify and exploit potential?

This is one of the central issues for companies concerning cloud computing.

The benefits of the cloud are ubiquitous. Reliability, redundancy and scalability mean you never have to worry about hardware anymore.

Physical servers lag behind cloud operations in terms of maintenance and reliability.

In addition, migrating to the cloud can yield cost savings.

But do these sources of potential justify a migration?

Reliability in particular has become more relevant than ever in our current times and through home office regulations.

In the event a physical server fails, remote maintenance will generally not be possible. The only option is to drive to the office or computer center to get the instances running again.

With cloud services you can access computing resources anywhere and at all times without having to bear the responsibility for the underlying hardware.

Another advantage of the cloud is scalability.

In contrast to conventional hardware, VMs can be provided within minutes. Should hindered supply chains for hardware and replacement parts cause delivery delays, longer waiting times must be expected. Failure of a machine potentially presents the challenge of finding a replacement as soon as possible. On the other hand, if servers are transferred to the cloud, delivery times and capacities will no longer be an issue.

Meanwhile, the significant decrease in cloud computing costs is also becoming more and more evident.

Cost savings can be achieved that make the cloud a lucrative alternative.

Cost savings and TCO considerations are becoming increasingly central tools for companies and growing in relevance in times of crisis.

Critical times lead to losses in sales for many companies, making cost reductions often unavoidable.

But lower hardware costs in the cloud are not the only factor in cost efficiency. Migrating to the cloud can also reduce rental costs and expenses for air conditioning and power. Relocating the entire computer center to the cloud obviates the need for rental premises. Moreover, expenditures for operating the computer center or for reserving this capacity fall by the wayside.

These savings will help counteract the negative economic impacts and make the company and its IT more profitable.

Converting to the cloud also enables companies to be more flexible and agile.

When is the perfect time for migrating to the cloud?

In my opinion – yesterday!

The sooner you migrate to the cloud, the sooner you’ll begin enjoying the benefits and especially the cost savings.

Migration to the cloud is also possible during operation, with no serious disruptions of business.

The possibilities and opportunities of the cloud are vast – but how can you successfully take the step?

To avail yourself of cloud efficiency you need a good cloud strategy.

You should keep in mind the following points in developing your strategy:

1.Prepare a cloud roadmap

2.Take into account your business processes

3.Technical analysis (actual vs. target situation)

4.Include employees and managerial staff -> build support

5.Change management

6.Cloud journey

These aspects will be treated in the following blog articles of our “Cloud Journey” series.


Author: Ann-Julie Wasmer, Expert Cloud Managed Services