Over the years, there have been many new technologies which have helped influence and shape the business world. As more users and organizations turn to the Internet to help them deliver some type of service or function – there has been a rise on the need for cloud computing. Why? The fluid nature of the cloud has attracted organizations both large and small to try the cloud computing platform. Consider this – findings from a recent Gartner report go on to say that the use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend. 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.
The reality is that the cloud is truly customizable to fit almost any budget and any project. In working with a cloud platform, it’s important to know which features you really need and how they will help you organization grow. Once these goals are aligned, cloud hosting options become very attractive to numerous different businesses and verticals.
- Off-site hosting. The affordability of cloud hosting has enticed many smaller and even larger organizations to move their environment away from their own data centers. Although they’re not offloading everything, services which can reside in the cloud are being moved over. Cloud-based resources are becoming less expensive and more organizations are moving virtual machines, websites and other services to a cloud model. Now, administrators can remove data center-based resources and apply them in the cloud. This means less hardware, software and applications to manage. With a good service-level agreement or even managed services, organizations will no longer have to worry about a fairly sizeable part of their environment as it will be controlled in the cloud.
- As mentioned earlier, moving to the cloud has become much more affordable. Again, whether it’s disaster recovery purposes or cloud hosting, working with cloud computing has become much easier. The direct reason more organizations are moving to the cloud is because there is quantifiable ROI for more companies. Competition is healthy and more cloud providers are trying to provide the best services for your business. Remember not even cloud is created the same. This means that even if a cloud is very inexpensive does not indicate how well it can support your environment. Always review your choice and make sure that they can efficiently support your organization’s goals.
- Infrastructure extension. One big misconception is that a cloud environment – once deployed – becomes an island, independent of the organization’s on-premises data center. Well, the modern cloud infrastructure is capable of, literally, being an extension of a customer’s already existing environment. With advanced application programming interfaces (APIs) and other connection methodologies, administrators can make their cloud hosting environment a direct extension of the already existing infrastructure. Effectively, engineers are able to make a cloud environment look just a simple extension of the current data center. This means that files can be transferred easier and custom services can be applied to the cloud infrastructure. This type of connection flexibility wasn’t available (at least not without some customization) over the previous few years. Now, some providers actually offer connection into an existing environment as part of the package.
- Probably one of the most attractive features of moving towards a cloud hosting platform is the flexibility native to the environment. Depending on the provider you choose, upgrading to a new package, adding a new feature, or even creating a custom piece are all easily accomplished. Many organizations no longer want the “cookie-cutter” approach to a cloud hosting solution. Instead, they’re able to leverage a flexible environment capable of continuously adapting to the needs of the organization.
More and more organizations are seeing the benefits of moving towards a cloud environment. The beauty here is that you’re able to try the cloud without actually completely diving into it. Many organizations are able to conduct pilots of a cloud platform to ensure that this model is a good fit for their business strategy. A few years ago Internet services weren’t nearly as evolved as they are today. Now, organizations will all sorts of varying budgets can utilize a cloud hosting partner in some way. Whether it’s just hosting a site or an entire data enter – the cloud can provide the type of flexibility and elasticity that many of today’s growing companies require.