Embracing cloud is more effective than replacing old servers

The use of cloud servers in the workplace is growing as large enterprises and small businesses recognize the financial and operational benefits of using an external data center to host mission-critical applications and information. In many cases, outsourcing resources to a cloud provider will enable firms to reduce costs while improving efficiency, as decision-makers will not need to invest in expensive hardware but will still have access to advanced services.

Understanding these opportunities is critical for executives to experience the benefits of the cloud when developing a strategy, according to a Smart Business Network Online report. If organizations enter the hosted landscape without any foresight or awareness, it will be difficult for them to take full advantage of the cloud.

"Cloud computing is a key component of any company's infrastructure these days, whether you're Fortune 500 or a sole proprietorship," managed services expert Eric Folkman told SBN Online. "There's a piece of it now that can fit pretty much any company. It wasn't that way a few years ago, but the technology has progressed and the costs have come down so far that there's something there for everybody."

Because every organization is different, executives need to develop a strategy to ensure their use of the cloud is efficient.

When should you move to the cloud?
Ideally, migrating to the cloud as soon as possible would enable companies to gain a competitive advantage over rival firms. However, this isn't entirely necessary for all businesses. For the most part, decision-makers who are considering upgrading any network equipment should consider embracing a cloud infrastructure, SBN Online noted.

If an enterprise is still relying on outdated servers within an internal data center, for example, migrating to the cloud will relieve IT directors of the maintenance efforts and costs associated with keeping antiquated services online.

A separate KPMG report highlighted the growing cloud movement, noting that the technology has moved beyond the hype stage and is becoming a central part of enterprise infrastructure. At the same time, this ongoing transition is not entirely smooth, as many executives continue to struggle with the concept of renewing their data center or moving to the cloud.

Rather than spending enormous amounts of money on new servers and equipment that will only last a few years, businesses should consider migrating resources to the cloud, as doing so will give firms the ability to leverage advanced networking equipment that will automatically be updated with the changing IT landscape.

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