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Posted: 02/24/2023 - by Dean Reid

8 Benefits to Moving to a Cloud Infrastructure

Moving to the cloud can provide companies with greater scalability, increased accessibility, improved reliability, enhanced security, robust disaster recovery, increased cost savings and the ability to take advantage of the latest technologies.

Here are some interesting statistics:

  • When companies move from on-premises infrastructure to the AWS Cloud, they typically reduce carbon emissions by 88% because AWS'  centers offer environmental economies of scale
  • Organizations generally use 77% fewer servers, 84% less power, and tap into a 28% cleaner mix of solar and wind power in the AWS Cloud versus their own data centers
  • Moving to the cloud provides the ability to reduce costs while increasing efficiency—and migrating to AWS leads to an average cost savings of 31 percent  

8 Benefits to Moving to a Cloud Infrastructure:

  1. Scalability - the cloud provides greater scalability and flexibility, allowing companies to quickly increase or decrease their computing resources as needed
  2. Cost Savings - moving to the cloud can often result in cost savings, as companies only pay for the resources they use and do not need to invest in expensive hardware or software
  3. Increased Accessibility - the cloud provides greater accessibility, enabling employees to access their applications and data from anywhere with an internet connection. This can improve remote work capabilities and collaboration
  4. Improved Reliability - the cloud provides increased reliability, with many cloud service providers offering high levels of uptime and reducing the risk of downtime and data loss
  5. Enhanced Security - many cloud service providers offer robust security measures, such as encryption, multi-factor authentication, and regular security updates, providing enhanced security compared to on-premise solutions
  6. Robust Disaster Recovery - the cloud provides a robust disaster recovery solution, ensuring that data is quickly restored in the event of an outage
  7. Competitive Advantage - companies that adopt cloud computing can gain a competitive advantage by being more agile and innovative
  8. Automation - automated software deployment, scaling, and management of infrastructure can improve operational efficiency

Some of the easiest ways to start your cloud journey include  

  1. Lift & shift - If you have on premise servers - lifting your existing workloads to the cloud is a low-risk approach to cloud migration, making it a popular choice for organizations just starting their cloud journey
  2. Move applications to the cloud - when faced with a product that is nearing end of life or there is a need to re-platform or re-architect existing applications and move them to the cloud - make sure it is with a trusted partner (AWS, Azure, Google, IBM)  
  3. Security Architecture - there is always an opportunity to improve your security profile on the cloud. With new applications being added to the cloud - it is always a good idea to double check your security resilience
  4. Architecture Optimization - get more performance, scale or even right size your instances to optimize your environment.
  5. Infrastructure as a Service - renting computing resources (such as servers, storage, and networking) from a cloud provider.

When selecting a cloud provider ensure that you find a provider that meets your specific needs. 

Here are some tips to help you select the right cloud provider:

  1. Assess your requirements - identify the specific needs of your organization in terms of storage, computing power, security, scalability, etc.
  2. Evaluate the provider's offerings - look for a provider that offers the services and features that you need, and make sure that their offerings match your requirements
  3. Evaluate the provider's reputation - research the provider's history and reputation to ensure that they have a track record of reliability, security and good customer service
  4. Consider the cost - compare the costs of different providers to ensure that you get the best value for your money
  5. Look for flexibility - choose a provider that offers flexible options for scaling, customizing, and integrating with other systems
  6. Evaluate the provider's security measures - make sure that the provider has robust security measures in place to protect your data
  7. Check for technical support - find out what kind of technical support the provider offers, and make sure that it meets your needs
  8. Consider the provider's migration services - if you already have existing systems and data, make sure that the provider has the capability to migrate your systems and data to the cloud
  9. Get references and case studies - ask for references and case studies from the provider to see how they have helped other organizations
  10. Consider the contract terms - review the terms of the contract, including the length of the contract, the provider's terms for termination, and any penalties for early termination

Not sure where to start - no problem we have helped many companies migrate to the cloud or optimize their cloud infrastructure.

Give us a shout at Poeta Digital - it will be the best thing you have done today