Cloud services are hot. Use of cloud service providers has become a growing best practice in the corporate world. Organizations are outsourcing IT services to cloud providers to reap measurable benefits for a variety of IT initiatives. Instead of investing in software and hardware, these organizations have seen their as-a-service budgets lower their total cost of IT over time. No need to pay for licenses or to upgrade software or hardware. Instead, budgets shift to monthly subscription costs with cloud providers based only on what’s needed. Scale up and fees rise. Scale down and so do the fees.
Here are other benefits of cloud services:
• Reducing your IT department headcount
• Reducing your hardware and software spend and utilizing cloud infrastructure on an as-
• Improving productivity of IT staff as they focus on strategic, mission-critical objectives
• Simplifying and standardizing IT infrastructure
• Launching money-saving or revenue-generating services faster
Three Ways to Use Cloud Services Strategically
1. Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: Nearly every mid-sized business and above needs a disaster recovery solution these days. Applications, data, and networks are the life blood of commerce. Building and staffing redundant data centers with backup and recovery solutions is incredibly expensive.
Cloud computing service providers have many different solutions that can be tailored to the needs and budgets of the smallest companies.
Cost and service variables include:
o The speed of recovery of an application, network, and user base impacted by an outage — known as the Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
o The precise point in an application’s processing where a recovery occurs — known as Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
o Public cloud infrastructure with shared, multi-tenant infrastructure
o Private cloud infrastructure with dedicated infrastructure for your company alone
2. Application Migration in the Public Cloud: Outsource development and testing of applications using public cloud services. It’s flexible, easy, and you pay only for what you use. When it’s time to migrate the application to production, you can either deploy it in your network or use a cloud provider to host the production environment. To users, the location of the application or service is transparent. The benefits include faster time-to-market, less work for internal IT staff, less internal infrastructure require, and a predictable spend on cloud assets.
3. Hybrid IT in the Cloud: Many companies believe that hybrid IT environments—with
both virtualized and physical infrastructure—is the smart way to go. Virtualization has increased application and service agility and allowed for more efficient resource utilization. But operating hybrid environments is also complex. The most sophisticated cloud providers can help you manage both virtualized and non-virtualized applications in the cloud with firm service level agreement (SLA) assurances for management governance and uptime performance.
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