When we talk about clouds, I hear people saying that they cannot ditch their legacy system and adopt a novel technology that they have no experience using. As a hosting professional, I hear these words a lot and to be frank I cannot see a reason why people should ditch and move to newer systems.
When the current system gets the job done, there’s virtually no need to move to a cloud hosting environ. However, it takes nothing to include the cloud in your IT strategy. Think it this way. You have a capable IT system. It gets the job done, is convenient and helps you get through the thick and thin. Why would you ever consider moving, considering that migration is such an arduous task? But, you can at least consider incorporating cloud in your current IT strategy.
Clouds are essential
Does your existing host allow your employees to collaborate from various offices?
Can you scale your IT infra often?
If the answers to the above two questions is a big NO, you cannot help but get convinced that the cloud is indeed the thing you need.
You can build new capabilities
When you embed your contemporary system with the cloud, you embed newer, unprecedented technological advantages. It’s not absolutely necessary that you use a hybrid system. In fact, I have personally seen enterprises using outdated systems, because they cater to their requirements well, while having cloud on standby.
Consider for a moment that the existing system goes offline or there is an outage on your network that your technicians cannot help but wonder how to fix. Now, should you continue to wait for your existing system to go LIVE again or switch to an intermediary system meanwhile? Obviously, the latter.
Think of it and you should have a pretty decent reason to embed the cloud in your IT strategy. You can always switch back to your main system once it is running and leverage cloud servers backup equipment.
It facilitates collaboration
Your employees working on a single assignment send back and receive as many as 50 mails in a day. And in most mails, they share a single file while editing a few key characteristics at their end. The result is that at any terminal there are more than 5 (a guess) versions of a single file. Imagine the conflict that can arise with 5 different versions residing in the same terminal.
Older technologies aren’t at all capable of facilitating one-platform collaboration because they run a committed, physical model. Clouds, on the other hand, can run and transmit information in real-time and cache changes right as they happen.
It keeps you online
You can endlessly brag about how robust and powerful your existing systems are but the truth is, when the system is down, it’s down. Clouds can keep you online at these crucial moments. No doubt, not all your apps would be as much compatible as they are normally but most would be running fine even if you don’t tune them.
You can further deploy a cloud-native version of each web-app for added compatibility and keep functions on the go, always.
It lets you scale
You cannot scale older systems the way you can scale clouds. Clouds follow a scale as you go model and allow sizable scaling at a moment’s notice. So even when your MAIN system is running you can direct some traffic to the cloud in order to accommodate network spikes and achieve better website loading characteristics. And when you are about to run out of resources on the cloud as well, you can easily scale it on the go. Doing so will ensure that you are never technically low on CPU when there’s a bulk of oncoming traffic in your network, and that your apps continue running without downtime.
Perhaps the biggest reason businesses spite cloud hosting is the amount of control that it offers. Clouds score fairly low on the scale of control and allow little to no customization at all. Ideally, this shouldn’t be something that businesses planning to run cloud servers on standby should worry about. If this is the case, such systems can actually enhance control by giving organizations more options while maintaining the service at virtually the same price point.
The gist of the argument is: you should consider cloud hosting even if you have all the necessary IT equipment to undertake important business functions. It costs little anyways and some extra security is not going to hurt you anyway. Plus, you will get some scalability, a feat you cannot achieve on existing systems no matter how much money you shell out on it.