Let’s face it: today’s CIOs are under greater pressure than ever to provide better services faster, while maintaining an agile working environment.
It’s no wonder, then, that more and more IT leaders are looking for a whole new computing paradigm to help them meet these challenges.
Enter cloud computing. Many companies are reporting stellar results from moving their computing processes to the cloud.
Will your company be next? If you’re researching cloud computing, you’re probably also looking for ways to justify the cost of the technology to your company’s decision-makers.
To that end, here are ConRes’s Top Five Reasons for Cloud Computing:
1. Control IT costs.
Cloud computing is all about using resources “as a service.” When your business users request a new application, you might choose to subscribe to software as a service, rather than installing an application locally. When your computing resources are strained, you might tap into infrastructure as a service, rather than building out your server room or data center with row after row of new machines. In either case, you’ll maintain greater control of your IT spending and avoid getting locked into unattractive, long term financial commitments.
2. Reduce waste.
The typical company server room or data center consists of some servers that only ever use a fraction of their computing power – and others that frequently crash from overuse. Lacking a way to divide application workloads among multiple servers, most companies have simply accepted this imbalance as a sad fact of life.
If you’re clinging to the old model of one-business-application-per-server, your hands are tied. Any extra computing power available on each server will go unused – but you’ll still have to pay to power and cool each server.
Cloud computing, on the other hand, lets you pool your computing resources in the form of virtualized servers. This ensures more efficient server utilization and more effective load balancing.
3. Provision resources on demand.
How long does it take your company to provision a new server? Companies routinely report provisioning times of at least one business day, and deployment times of up to several weeks. This tells us one thing: current provisioning practices aren’t moving at the speed of business.
When you have a pressing need to deliver more processing power to your business users, you can tap into the offerings of an external cloud provider. By automating provisioning, you can meet the needs of your users on a near real-time basis.
4. Expand your marketplace.
Did you know there are public clouds that offer web e-commerce and customer-facing applications? They provide an easy, cost-effective way for you to extend 24×7 ordering capabilities to your customers around the globe – without adding to the workload of your IT staff.
5. Enhance your decision-making.
The cloud can even give you greater access to the data you need for business analytics. How? By freeing information from traditional departmental silos and allowing you to store it on a highly accessible remote server.
Need More Reasons?
Keep in mind that these reasons for cloud computing can apply to virtually any company, large or small. Even if you’re not wrestling with a sprawling data center, it’s still worth your while to check out the cloud.
If you’re mulling over the potential benefits of cloud computing and need some help building your business case, drop us a line. We’d be happy to provide a free consultation on what the cloud can do for your organization.