In 2018, 73% of enterprises indicated they have at least one application or a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud. The remaining 27% plan to be in the same position within 1-3 years. Cloud services are rapidly becoming the new normal for enterprises. This is because they bring a variety of benefits, such as reduced costs, increased security options, scalability, and compliance capabilities.
Moving to the cloud has a direct impact on business costs. For starters, it reduces hardware costs. Gone are the days of purchasing expensive in-house equipment. Vendors assume responsibility for any hardware needs, as well as the cost of repairs and replacements. With cloud services rendering on-premise servers obsolete, real estate is freed up for more beneficial uses and energy expenditures are cut.
But, don’t be fooled. Cost-savings isn’t as easy as simply migrating to the cloud. In fact, it’s estimated organizations that have done little-to-no cloud cost optimizations will overspend by 70% or more. Through 2020, 45% of organizations that perform lift-and-shift to cloud IaaS without optimization will overspend by 70% during the first 18 months.
With cloud services, workplace productivity is also directly impacted. It’s faster, so employees spend less time waiting and more time working. The cloud is accessible virtually anywhere, so it provides an easy way for larger enterprises with multiple locations to pass data. Additionally, working with a trusted partner to manage applications in the cloud frees up internal time to focus on the business.
Like all things digital, security concerns will never be fully absolved. But, within the cloud, measures can be taken to secure sensitive business data. Based on security needs, businesses can choose from private or hybrid cloud storage options. Strict security protocols including, but not limited to, data encryption and advanced authorization measures can be implemented to add layers of protection.
With enterprise cloud use at its peak, there are a variety of additional measures that not only boost security but benefit a company’s overall efficiency. Companies can harness the expertise of a third-party company to manage cloud applications and ensure data is handled securely. Businesses have peace-of-mind their applications are being managed efficiently and competently, allowing them to focus on other priorities.
The cloud enables flexibility in multiple ways, the first being the breadth of options to choose from when making the switch. Enterprises can choose between different service models and deploy in public, private, or hybrid cloud to ensure compliance with security needs, data protection, budget, and other considerations.
The cloud is also scalable—and its capacity can grow with the company’s real-time needs. Public clouds offer near-unlimited storage. But even if a private cloud is a better fit for the business, it still provides a significant amount of storage and can be scaled with the company.
Cloud services for enterprises will only continue to grow. Transitioning to the cloud not only helps businesses stay competitive in the marketplace but opens up capabilities on-site premises can’t offer.