Cloud migration can be defined as the process of transferring/moving an organization’s digital assets, data services, IT resources, apps, and other operating elements into the cloud. It could also involve moving digital assets from one cloud to another. The cloud server works behind a firewall to help keep everything secure and only available to those allowed to. Application migration to cloud is considerably more beneficial than having a physical server. Some of the benefits are discussed below.
It is every entrepreneur/startup’s dream to build an empire from their humble beginnings. Although your infrastructure needs during startup might be easy to compute, it is advisable to leave room for growth. Upgrading existing IT infrastructure can however take a toll on the business’s finances and budget, increasing the production costs. Operating from a cloud environment however makes it easier to scale down or up depending on the business needs, without spending too much. The best thing about this is that you can scale either way with a touch of a button.
- Automated Software Updates
All your IT needs will be handled from a remote server. The provider thus ensures all apps and software are up to date with minimal input from your end. You thus will never have to worry about having an in-house IT team to roll out software updates or upgrades whenever necessary. The cloud provider already has this covered, leaving you to focus on doing what you do best. In addition, you also get access to upgraded services with powerful processing speeds.
- Reduced IT Costs
Thanks to cloud computing, you’ll never have to purchase expensive IT equipment and systems. The provider already invests in cutting-edge technology to ensure you have the decided computing power at your fingertips. Should you need more computing power (say during peak times), you can request more resources from the provider, then have the same de-provisioned when you no longer need such. Moving to cloud computing will thus see your IT running costs shrink significantly.
- Data/Disaster Recovery
Cloud computing enables users to save data and other digital assets remotely, in real-time. This improves data protection and security should there be an incident, say sudden power failure, fire, natural disaster, etc. Unlike standard servers that would be damaged by fires, water, power, etc., destroying your data with it, cloud computing makes it possible to continue from where you left off. There’s thus minimal risk of losing data or having to close the shop until all data is recovered.
- Boosts Collaboration
Cloud computing has made it possible for teams to work remotely but still collaborate on projects in real-time. This means employees can access, share, and edit documents via the shared storage, which again improves productivity. Although you may know this already, cloud computing has made virtual meetings a reality. You thus do not have to wait until one shows up to the office to work on a project or deliver the same as this can be done virtually in a secure environment.
- Improves Mobility
Cloud data and applications can be accessed from anywhere for as long as there’s an internet connection. Your staff can thus continue working even when en route to home, office, or even when on vacation. A simple tablet, smartphone, or laptop is all they need to access everything they need in the office, remotely. This is especially crucial for companies with employees from all across the country or even the globe.
- Document Control
All documents are centrally stored in a cloud server. This means users can access the latest version of the document, or as it is being edited. This eliminates the need for flow-stereotype emails or project managers having to check in with teams every now and then. Centralized document storage and access mean supervisors can see and monitor the project progress in real-time, and even make recommendations for adjustments and edits where needed. Organizations can also collaborate with their partners, workers, and customers to ensure improved work quality, healthy collaboration, and streamlined management.
- Flawless Internet Connectivity
Almost every known cloud service provider has a healthy and stable internet business internet to facilitate seamless cloud access. This thus means your staff members can rest assured that they can access whatever apps or documents they need without worrying about downtime. Some of these apps also allow for one to work offline, then sync the data automatically once they are online. This helps improve productivity without affecting work-life balance.
- Data Security
Cloud computing takes data security to the next level. For starters, much of the data one is working on is never stored on their device, but rather directly on the cloud server. This reduces the risk of sensitive information getting in the wrong hands, should someone else access the laptop or tablet. In addition to this, you never need to worry should your computer crash when in the middle of a project – no data will be lost. Cloud computing also makes it possible to erase data from a compromised device remotely.