5 Things Your Organisation Can Gain From The Cloud
At Relative, we are all about helping organisations realise the benefits of the cloud. Here are five things your organisation can gain from the cloud.
Placing your data, and your technology workload in the cloud opens up your IT estate to realms of security that are often considered beyond the reach of small organisations. With the cloud, all of your resources can be protected from a central security control, such as Amazon’s IAM (Identity & Access Management). Furthermore, the possibility of monitoring and logging access to everything in a central location gives you peace of mind that should anything go wrong with your security configuration, you’ll be well placed to know exactly how it happened, and what’s affected. The level of physical security afforded to the actual servers that back-end cloud services like AWS is beyond the budget of even the very largest organisations — because it’s unlikely that the same level of security would apply to workloads hosted in every location those organisations have a presence in. Keeping everything in the cloud, keeps it behind these barriers.
One problem any IT estate faces is the challenge of growth. Email servers fill up; shared drives fill up, and application servers struggle to cope with the demands of a growing workforce. If you invest heavily upfront you might find your investment goes to waste if you have to change direction. If you don’t invest, your team will feel the pain of wrestling with inadequate resources.
The cloud gives you the ability to pay only for what you consume, and to crank up the capacity as your needs grow. What’s more; if your needs recede, or change completely, you can dial it back down again in an instant.
Following closely from the scalability problem, is the flexibility problem. Should you commit to a Microsoft estate? Is an Oracle database server going to serve all of your database needs? Can your team log on to the network from their home? Changing needs and the ability to move with the times are diametrically opposed to the benefits of investing heavily in infrastructure.
The cloud, with its “pay-for-what-you-use” model, means you consume exactly what you need of each resource. Whether it’s storage, networking, compute resources or applications, you don’t need to worry about diversifying in future.
When you have a fixed set of tools, finding innovative ways to grow your business and rise to the modern technical challenges presented by doing business online can seem impossible.
Utilising cloud resources, and buying into your cloud provider’s eco-system opens up a whole new world of possibilities, like application software that you pay-per-minute to consume, so you can try it out, and grow it as you need to. Migration services that help you move easily from legacy to modern systems; and backup solutions that adapt to your changing needs, to name just a few.
With all of this change and movement going on within your estate, keeping an eye on what’s useful, and what’s wasteful becomes a high priority if you’re to realise the full efficiencies of cloud. Tools like CloudWatch, CloudTrail and QuickSight can help you leverage all of the usage, logging and error data generated by your cloud resources to provide management insight to keep your cloud estate making you money, not costing you money.
If you’re ready to find out more about taking advantage of the cloud to transform your organisation’s IT future, contact us to talk about your needs.