Competition between major cloud providers is driving a tidal wave of innovation. New features and services are added on a weekly or even daily basis, providing an ever-richer platform for companies looking to engage customers, empower their employees, and optimize operations. There are many advantages and overall business value of cloud-based IT migration.
Cost: Cloud computing offers significant potential cost-savings over on-premises infrastructure, especially considering the full cost of the latter. In addition, cloud computing enables organizations to move IT spending from capital expenditure (CapEx) to operational expenditure (OpEx). Since the fixed costs associated with shared infrastructure are avoided, the cloud also provides much greater visibility into the true cost of individual applications.
Agility: Where traditional on-premises infrastructure can take weeks or even months to deploy, cloud based infrastructures (like Microsoft Azure) offers near instant provisioning of resources. This enables projects to move much more quickly, without the need to over provision resources in advance or spend considerable time on infrastructure planning. An increase in agility lowers innovation cost and enables a faster time-to-market.
Service quality: Competition among cloud providers means they are built to support the world’s most demanding workloads. Using these providers as a small business gives you access to enterprise-grade improvements in performance, reliability, and security, well beyond what you could access an maintain through on-premises infrastructure.
Growth: Cloud-based infrastructure enables new application scenarios which are simply not possible, or would be prohibitively expensive to deliver, using on-premises infrastructure, such as big data storage and analytics, machine learning, and compliance with industry certifications such as ISO, PCI, HIPA and GDPR, where customers can leverage the certifications offered by cloud providers. These technologies are enabling new application scenarios, driving innovation and competitive advantages only available in the cloud.
Cloud migration is a highly technical endeavor and requires skills and experience that are lacking in traditional IT departments. Pearl Solutions Group is a Microsoft partner with expert professional service capabilities that can provide cloud-based IT migration and provide ongoing maintenance, support, and related services.