The vision for the development and implementation of Cloud Computing is clear: a world in which you can source computing capacity automatically and without limitations. We are gradually seeing this vision take shape, as companies, large or small and irrespective of sector begin to embed the technology in their infrastructure. With successful use of the cloud, gone will be the days of companies having to sit their data on their own infrastructure or on one physical premise. However, we’re not quite there yet. Most cloud strategies are still in their infancy, with only a small amount of enterprises running significant workloads on the cloud. As with any emerging technology, the talent pool is slim, and knowledge and expertise in the market needs time to catch up to the concept and drive forward development.
The Cloud is seen to be the future platform for the implementation of cutting-edge new technologies and services. Utilising the Cloud fully will pave the way for disruptive technologies that are too expensive to run in our current physical infrastructures. Technologies and innovations including AI, serverless computing, virtual reality and more will all be made possible through the greater resources afforded by the Cloud. Alex Hilton, chief executive of the Cloud Industry Forum states that “Cloud is the generator for the next wave of technologies, the enabler for all the exciting developments”. Research suggests that as cloud usage increases by 2022 companies will spend no more than 12% of their budget on legacy technology.
Motivation for companies to invest in a cloud strategy is high, take a look at just a few of the benefits of cloud computing listed below:
1. It’s cost effective
All businesses share two common goals, make money and save money. A key factor of any business when adopting a new technology is how much it is going to cost them and whether this investment will be returned. Cloud promises savings across the board, everything is hosted on your provider’s servers, meaning no expensive hardware is needed, and costs of running said hardware no longer exist. Before the cloud, large organisations would store their data in massive datacentres. Datacentres need a great deal of space, power, security, and air-conditioning to maintain. Cloud computing removes the need for all of this.
2. Increased, scalable resources
Without the cloud, if additional resources are required, you’ll need to buy, install and configure an expensive new server. Cloud computing allows companies instant scalability. If extra resources are needed due to a peak in traffic, computing capacity can be increased with immediate effect. This affords companies unprecedented freedom and allows tech teams to react to issues quickly.
3. Deployment time
Applications integral to the growth and success of a system or a company can be deployed with virtually zero delay. This offers a huge strategic advantage over companies that are still operating with physical infrastructure.
4. Level playing field
Smaller companies, normally at a disadvantage against large companies with more in-house capacity and the ability to afford massive datacentres can now contest and find themselves able to operate on the same playing field without having to invest heavily.
5. Zero Downtime
Downtime is one of the biggest issues faced by companies as the reliance on applications to run operations rises. Cloud hosting fixes this issue, removing the possibility of server failure and guaranteeing 100% uptime.
Due to the strict security regulations, cloud providers are required to comply with, cloud- hosting services to ensure that businesses are protected against hacking, infection and internal data theft.
7. Flexible working
With a bigger push for companies to adopt modern working practices, especially amid the Coronavirus pandemic, flexible working is a topic of paramount importance. Cloud Computing affords businesses the capability of allowing employees to work from home, ensuring they can access their files anywhere. This, in turn, cuts costs as companies can reduce their need for office space.
8. Environmentally friendly
With environmental concerns at an all-time high, companies are under pressure to demonstrate the measures they’re putting in place to reduce their carbon footprint. The lack of need for a data centre means no powering servers, lighting or air conditioning. The scalability of the cloud allows companies to operate more efficiently, and only use what they need, ensuring far less energy is used than if the systems were on-site.
How can you ‘future-proof’ yourself?
The move to cloud is inevitable and as the saying goes, “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em”. Now is the time to ensure you don’t get left behind in the datacentres of old, gathering dust among the server racks! The benefits outlined above are simply too tempting for any business to resist. Take every bit of cloud exposure and knowledge you can get your hands on and you’ll find yourself just as desirable to employers as the cloud services themselves.
If your current role is lacking cloud exposure and you’re worried about being left behind, contact one of our team here at Franklin Fitch and we’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.
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